Oh Lordy, it’s the…. courgette flowers

courgette flowerOh God. It’s here already.

I’m not prepared for the courgette glut. I never am. Within weeks, I’ll be chewing on the question all allotmenteers have to ponder come July and August:

At what point will the neighbours start refusing gifts of courgettes? The fifth time? The sixth?

Could I push it to a seventh or eighth??

10 Responses to “Oh Lordy, it’s the…. courgette flowers”

  1. rainman Says:

    Well, don’t feel too bad about it. Down here in NZ we are getting to freezing overnight, and it’s wet. No courgettes in my garden (lots of kale, broad beans, silverbeet, spinach, celery, pak choi, broccoli, caulis, celeriac, lettuce…. though!)

  2. Mel Says:

    I have a strategy. First offer them “courgettes” then, when they refuse any more, rebrand them as “mini marrows”, then “cucurbits” then “usually squash fruit”. It always works with my foody friends who feel they are getting a delicacy, until its too late they have taken the bag of courgettes and i’m nowhere to be seen!

  3. carrie Says:

    Hahaha, so true. We aren’t growing any this year – just don’t see the point in the damn things!!

  4. Mal's Allotment Says:

    Swop you for some… Chervil!

    I sowed 7 courgettes of two varieties. 4 (all of the same variety) got what looked like powdery mildew on their first true leaves. I pampered the remaining three and planted them out in more potting compost than I would normally grow 50 beans in. One is looking decidedly pealie whalie. Just two survivors – not more than enough for the occasional cous cous!!!

  5. Tanya Walton Says:

    I don’t ever have a courgette glut…I have giant african land snails…you just need to find someone with these pets and you will soon be sorted SM….if you could find yourself a breeder you could set up a little business…lol

  6. Matron Says:

    I’ve just had my very first feed of baby courgettes! Heaven! if you get to them small enough then pick them before they get too big!

  7. mikes dad Says:

    so why aren’t mine ready I sowed them in late april in a heated greenhouse and put them out at the end of may in the royal county, still only just flowering and yet others on the allotments have large “fruits”

  8. Svetla Says:

    I am feeling for you. Last year I planted “only” 4 plants. The first 2-3 weeks were fine. We grilled, we couscous-ed, we roasted …. we fed some to the neighbor’s pigs. We ended up leaving 3 to go to seed, and used them for Halloween lanterns.
    This year – only 2 plants. Also, I have not bought any for the last 6 months to build up excitement in the family.

  9. mahniah Says:

    Try making and freezing pancakes. There are several recipes on the internet for squash (or zucchini) pancakes and they’re a real treat in the winter.

  10. Mal Says:

    The swops off. Only 2 plants left but they are growing like topsie!