How To Grow Courgettes And Their Benefits

Courgettes are easy to grow, and by growing a couple of plants, they will provide enough to feed your family. Once the courgette plant reaches maturity, you can harvest up to five courgettes per week. Which ultimately saves you hundreds of pounds over the years if you’re a courgette lover. In this article, we will share the best way to grow courgettes, and the amazing health benefits, and nutrients that come from them.

There are many excellent varieties of courgettes to grow, but here are some recommended- ‘Zucchini’, ‘Gold Rush’, ‘Defender’, and ‘Tondo di Nizza’.

How To Grow Courgettes

An early crop can be achieved by sowing courgette seeds indoors from mid-late April and move the plant outside a week-two after the final frost. You can also sow directly outdoors from late May-early June. If you don’t have much space or time to sow your courgettes, then you can buy courgette plants from most garden centers in late spring.

Sow a couple of seeds 2-3cm deep in pots of fertile compost, or some well-rotted manure. Place in a sunny site, and water plants regularly so the soil is constantly moist, which is a key to growing courgettes. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Courgettes are stuffed with many nutrients, they contain vitamins- A, C, K, B-6, B-1, B-9, and several other B vitamins. Minerals- Manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and little amounts of iron, calcium, and zinc.

Courgettes are high in antioxidants, which help your body protect from damage by free radicals. In addition, courgettes contributes to healthy digestion, may reduce blood sugar levels, improve heart health, may strengthen your vision. They can also aid in weight loss, improve heart health, may have some anti-cancer effects, contributes to a healthy prostate, and helps to keep thyroid hormone levels stable.

How To Add To Courgettes to your diet

Courgettes go nice with many meals with their delicious taste, and texture. Here are some simple ways you can add courgettes to your meals- add to raw salads, stews, and soups, add to rice, grill them, boil them. You can even add to a healthy smoothie.