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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Save money by growing your own courgettes

Courgette are cheap and easy to grow from seeds, they simply need something to grow in, either your garden or a grow bag and you push the seeds into the compost and keep them watered. Check the packets for the months you can sow the seeds and remember this will vary according to your location and the weather conditions that year. Sometimes when you grow courgettes you will have so many, you will wonder what to do with them all, look for simple different ways to use them, and you can always give some away to friends and neighbours.
Courgettes also have very pretty flowers so do not look out of place growing on a patio or in amongst your flowers, they do take up a lot of space so make sure you allow enough room or have put them into a big enough container. Pick the courgettes regularly and do not allow them to grow into the size of marrows, small ones are better when it comes to cooking courgettes.

I have never tried this recipe but the Italians and French cook the flowers of the courgette plant and in Italy courgettes are called Zucchini if you wish to find the recipe. I think that fried courgette flowers are a used as a starter as I cannot imagine they would make a very filling meal. I really must try this dish sometime as it is supposed to be special.

here is a web page with lots of zucchini recipes to try

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote