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Climbing courgettes?


 
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tippben
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:48 am    Post subject: Climbing courgettes? Reply with quote

Our garden is fairly small, and we are looking to maximize production. Has anybody ever tried growing trailing courgettes up a wigwam? We are going to get hazel poles over the next month, and it occurred to me that we could use the vertical space, and have more available space for catch crops. Does it work, and can anybody recommend good varieties to look for? We normally grow 2 plants, giving the 4' by 4', and hand pollinate them. I give any spare plants away.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't tried it, but Monty Don (BBC Gardeners' World) grew small pumpkins up wigwams this year.

He used fairly heavy duty hazel (I think) poles and didn't do too badly. Well enough, at any rate, to say he was going to repeat the experiment next year !

If it worked with small pumpkins, I would imagine it should work equally well with courgettes.

Might be worth wandering around the BBC website as it's quite possible there will be some information -- perhaps even a few videos ? -- about past programmes and techniques.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes its possible but you will have to suport the fruit as the weight could cause them to break off.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good points. We're getting poles for frames, weaving, and support round the garden, but we will also get pea sticks as well. I could leave five or six hazel stems entire, and hang the fruits/flowers over the pea sticky side branches. As they'll be in raised beds, we could have a structure about 8' high, as we can access the top from the path on a pair of steps.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:18 pm    Post subject: Climbing courgettes? Reply with quote

I grew them for the last 2 years. a variety called buttercup. Two of the plants went crazy and grew over 15 feet long. I just looped them around the frame and one went up the apple tree. I loved them because I got lots of courgette flowers that I have started to like to eat. The courgettes are round like a tennis ball but taste the same, I let one grow very large and ended up with a pumpkin like veg that i am eating at the moment. Cant wait till next summer , I intend to plant lots of them.
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