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10/05/2014 at 10:23

 my climbing (black forest) courgettes seem to be growing well enough indoors. what do people think about getting them into the big wide world, though? maybe another week inside, a week or two in my coldframe then into the ground..? 

10/05/2014 at 10:54

My courgettes went out into the cold frame at the beginning of this week 

10/05/2014 at 11:12

thanks dove... How long do you reckon for?

10/05/2014 at 11:19

I'm going to plant mine out at the beginning of June providing the weather is reasonable. 

10/05/2014 at 16:19

sounds sensible... i've never tried these climbing ones before so interested to see how they turn out...

10/05/2014 at 16:22

Mine are in the cold frame now - going out next week - but we've had no frost here for ages - more or less all winter!  It does depend so much on the weather and the likelihood of frost, and hence on where you are.

10/05/2014 at 18:57

Mine are still in the GH, I'll be planting out beginning of June.  

10/05/2014 at 19:03

First week of June for me too, they respond so much better to a gradual hardening off and shoot away in the warmer temperatures.

10/05/2014 at 19:11

Oops... mine went out into troughs after being hardened off here in the Fens about 3 weeks ago. Despite slug pellets, some were destroyed, so have new seeds germinating to fill in the gaps. The ones that survived are doing well

10/05/2014 at 19:19

I've just potted mine on..........hopefully, another couple of weeks and I'll plant them out.

I did notice on the Allotment next to mine, 2 Courgette Gold Rush were planted last week but not on a mound and very close together............not how I would do them but be interesting to see the results

11/05/2014 at 10:52

As an experiment, I took my weakest looking Black Forest yesterday and put it into the cold frame. Quite overcast weather so doubt was a very cold night but either way, today (v gloomy and chilly) it looks happier than inside!

So, reckon I'll take that as a sign to put the rest in too. Will need to make some room... I've got various marigolds in pots bursting out of the coldframe so hoping they can go in pots / the ground now.

11/05/2014 at 10:53

Marigolds will be fine outside - they're hardier than courgettes 

11/05/2014 at 14:00

Perhaps I've been a little reckless but I've had half a dozen Black Beauty courgettes outside for three weeks - in containers and a sheltered position (excepting the current strong winds) -- and they seem to be fully OK with it. In the past, I have had problems with splitting stems when planting out but, so far, OK.

11/05/2014 at 14:19

The margiolds will make way in the cold frame shortly... veg is the priority - i only got marigold seeds as cannon fodder for slugs etc!

In previous yrs, i've def had courgettes as plug plants out by now. this is the first year i've tried them from seed and i've been a bit cautious as a result.


11/05/2014 at 14:21

Since I've hijacked my own thread... i've seen people say to pinch out the growing tip of marigolds and/or the first flowers. any wisdom on this? there doesn't seem to be an obvious growing tip...

11/05/2014 at 20:15

Planted my courgettes out this week am in south east and is fairly sheltered and a town location so quite warm . used plastic bottle cloches on each courgette to protect from cold wind and slugs, will remove when it cheers up a little.

12/05/2014 at 12:46

This winter & spring have been so mild it's good to get stuff out early - let's just hope we don't get a frost in June!  The wind is indeed the problem at the moment.

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