Courgette Coup d’état

It’s garden fact that courgettes are the most cunning vegetables on the plot. Ok runner beans can be sneaky but nothing beats the courgette for outright craftiness.

It all starts at sowing time… if you’ve grown courgettes before then you’ll be aware they can be very good producers and this in turn can result in a bit of glut, so the following year you make the conscious decision to sow a few less plants.

You decide to sow one seed per person in the house… STRIKE ONE – 50% the seeds refuse to germinate (see, cunning). So next time you sow a couple extra just in case the same happens again… STRIKE TWO – all of them germinate and in fact one of the pots has 3 plants in it despite your precise pin point sowing of just a single seed in the compost (crafty).

The courgette plantlets then make their next clever move. Using their incredible powers of mind control they manage to convince you that even though fewer plants last year resulted in a so many courgettes that you’d started to seek alternative uses for them, (such as organic pillows for passing Japanese visitors, or hollowing them out to make courgette shoes for the dog); they convince you to plant them all… STRIKE THREE – you’re OUT, the glut is inevitable, these canny courgettes have secured another season of world domination.

But it’s not all over yet, the courgettes go on to kick you when you down. Not only do they have you harvesting them every 30 minutes as they cheekily expose yet another fruit ready for the picking. No that’s just them playing with you whilst they hide one of the fruits under a leaf and inflate it to titanic proportions before shyly slipping its greenery to one side and nodding a tendril towards the wheelbarrow.

Well listen up you calculating cucurbits, I’m gonna….. (be back in a bit, I need to harvest my courgettes)

....crafy, canny, & downright cunning

5 Replies to “Courgette Coup d’état”

  1. Courgettes are certainly cunning, as you say, but last year I came up with an equally cunning plan: plant twice as many plants a usual, then, instead of leaving the two small courgettes that appear early in the season a little time to grow to a size worth harvesting, you have lots of little ones which will make a decent meal, and the two you left never reach silly proportions. etc.

  2. I am currently over run with courgettes – actually if I’m honest I’m overrun with marrows – this with about 15 years experience of growing the blighters! Still you have to admire their “positivity” – hate that word – and their sheer determination to reach humongous proportions in spite of the gardener/cook’s best efforts to cull them! Have resorted to Marrow & Ginger Jam which is remarkably delicious! @mustardseedcook

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