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By Littlet

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

Growing veg with other plants. I know a little bit about companion planting and I've already started doing that in my main veg bed but I have a gap in my flower bed and wondered if it would be ok to plant courgettes in that bed with the other plants. At the moment the bed has a lavendar vera, a senetti and it will hopefully have a red hot poker too - but these will be about 1.5 feet away from the courgette plant. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.



I don't see a problem so long as you can keep your courgette plant from sprawling all over the flower bed.

26 May, 2012


The ornamental kitchen garden idea is a lovely one, but the trouble is that most flowers and vegetables like entirely different conditions. For example, vegetables, especially courgettes, like deep, moist well tilled soil with lots of nutrients and compost, while many flowers do better in dry soil with minimal nutrients. Many types of flower do well in shade, but most vegetables want lots of light and sunshine.
So your courgette may not do very well in this position, especially only a foot from a strong growing dominant plant like a red hot poker.
All you can do is make a deep planting hole for the courgette and fill it with lots of rich compost, and keep it well watered. I suspect it WILL swamp the surrounding flowers though, and it's difficult to cut courgettes back as new fruit are borne on the new growth as it spreads out.

26 May, 2012


To take Mg's and Bertie's comments further you could do as I do and plant them in bottomless pots, roughly 10" (250mm)in diameter.

These you could fill with a humus rich soil ( Bertie's comment) but what you must bear in mind is Mg's comment, they need quite a lot of space circa one metre in diameter minimum.

Just another comments pick the courgettes very young (4"-6" long) for two reasons;

1) they taste better
2) it encourages more fruit

If you allow them to remain on the plant they will grow to marrow size which in my opinion taste "more watery" and you get less fruit!

26 May, 2012

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