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Vegetables - advice please!

03 June 2009 00:48:31


My husband planted up more sugar snap peas and mustard greens. The Choi Pak he planted just recently has started to sprout (thank you, Lorraine).

He dug another two vegetable beds (not in the photo) with the digger, That makes eight although the final two don't yet have wood to raise them.

I wonder can anone advise on a problem we have encountered with the greenhouse courgettes. Some of the small fruits are rotten at one end. No other sign of disease. I wonder has it to do with not removing the spent flowers quickly enough so they start to rot and that affects the adjacent fruit! Or is it overwatering?

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 June 2009 02:56:17

I'm no expert, Rachel, but I have grown courgettes a few times. And I have NEVER removed any spent flowers. Didn't know I was supposed to. It does sound like maybe too much water. Cut down on it a bit and see if it improves any way.Mine are doing great again this year.

rita d rita d 03 June 2009 08:40:19

could be not polinated. pick male flowers, strip off petals, use large anther with pollen on to pollinate female. one male flower will polinate several female (similar to human!!.) do not remove any other flowers especially female. these courgettes can be picked very young with flower still attached and cooked in entirety. Pick often when small to continue production. Hope this helps.

rita d rita d 03 June 2009 08:42:11

sorry me again, its almost impossible to overwater courgettes unless drainage is bad. they require copious amounts to swell fruit.

Rachel Rachel 03 June 2009 11:07:44

Thanks, Rita. Didn't get round to the hand pollinating last time you mentioned it. Will give it a try now. I think maybe watering in the evening and from above may be a problem too so will try to stop this.

shelser shelser 03 June 2009 15:08:31

I'm not an expert either but I think its watering from above.

spider spider 03 June 2009 22:52:25

spider spider 03 June 2009 23:09:00

had the same problem last year. It was my first time to grow them, so it was trial and error. I think i was over watering them. I grew them in growbags and I think the bottom of the bag was retaining water while the top peat was dry. When I cut down on watering the quality improved.

Rachel Rachel 04 June 2009 15:34:04

Am trying all solutions. Manually pollinated where ever there is a healthy female flower, stopped watering from above and in the evening. Also trying pinching out withered female flowers before they cause rot. Thanks for all the suggestions.


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