Courgette seeds can be sown as early as April, though this is best done indoors. The vegetables should not be moved out into the garden, or planted directly outside, until the weather conditions are correct.
How to plant courgettes outside
Once the risk of frost has passed, you should prepare the site you want to plant your courgettes by digging in lots of homemade compost or well-rotted manure.
Sow one or two seeds approximately 90cm apart.
The seeds should be planted around 2.5cm deep.
Gardeners’ World advises covering the site with a transparent glass or plastic cloche and then leaving this in place for a few weeks after young seedlings have appeared.
The experts add: “Choose a sunny, sheltered spot, and give them plenty of room, as they can grow into large plants.
“Allow a square metre for each plant, or one per growing bag.
“Prepare the soil well beforehand by digging in plenty of compost or well-rotted ma