Courgettes and Basil

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Courgettes and Basil

Postby Zosherooney » May 20th, 2012, 10:07 pm

I have just resurrected my propagater and now have sprouted courgettes and basil..

I had previously planted in trays and left them on the flags in the greenhouse, they rotted so now I will have courgettes and hopefully basil for the summer.
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Re: Courgettes and Basil

Postby Capt_Lightning » May 21st, 2012, 8:13 am

You shouldn't have too much trouble with courgettes in Wildest Wiltshire. We can grow them in N.E. Scotland. Our most successful ones were a 'globe' variety - sorry I don't know the exact variety, but we bought the seeds in Lidl. These grew to about the size of a melon and had excellent flavour. Basil is another story - never had much success with it, but we've managed to keep some going in the polytunnel.
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Re: Courgettes and Basil

Postby Annie » May 31st, 2012, 7:08 am

We have mixed success with Basil too. I find it seems to grow where the tomatoes do... Courgettes also grow well i the same conditions as tomatoes.
Definitely a truth in the saying 'those that grow together go together'.
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Re: Courgettes and Basil

Postby Zosherooney » June 1st, 2012, 7:03 am

Sadly, over that hot period I managed to 'cook' both the basil and courgettes in the GH so have to start again. They were well watered but obviously just too hot for little plants.
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Re: Courgettes and Basil

Postby Serena » June 1st, 2012, 7:27 am

Unfortunately basil does love it warm and sunny, just may have been a little too warm
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Re: Courgettes and Basil

Postby Hope » June 1st, 2012, 8:43 am

I find that basil doesn't like the midday sun. In our old house the kitchen window faced due south, so I used to blutak a sheet of white paper to the window by it. It shielded the basil perfectly, while still allowing light through and grew much better.

I hope you have better luck with the next lot Zosh!
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Re: Courgettes and Basil

Postby Mamta » June 1st, 2012, 9:02 am

I used to grow Indian basil with dark leaves, but never have much luck with any other basel here. I buy it in pots and then it lasts for weeks/months on the window sill. It needs water every day.
In Indian Hindu culture, Basil (Tulsi) is seen as a Goddess. People grow it in a large pot in the courtyard and water it every morning after saying their prayers, offering water to the Goddess Tulsi. Some clever person in olden days must have realised that this plant needs a lot of water and incorporated it into a religious ritual!
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Hope your courgettes grow in time Zosh. Mine, planted outside straight from my conservatory 2 weeks ago, now have a few flowers and a couple of tiny courgettes. But I can't carry a lot of cans of water for the bone dry soil and hope they will survive!
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