Gardening – Potting On Lupin & Courgette Plants

Yesterday I did a spot of gardening whilst we have this spell of glorious weather. I had sown lupin and courgette seeds ages ago and hadn’t potted them on so I finally go around to it.

I now have 8 courgette plants in pots and when they get a little more established I will put them in a larger pot.

Courgette plants

Courgette plants

I potted on about 40 lupin seedlings so I hope to have some lovely lupin plants to add to our garden and then some plants to sell at the farm gate once the lupin plants are well established.

Lupin Seedlings

Lupin Seedlings

When I first moved to the farm I bought a lupin plant, which I have to say wasn’t cheap but at the time we didn’t have any guinea fowl or ducks that like to eat insects and snails and unfortunately my lupin plant was eaten by snails and slugs. Now that I have 28 guinea fowl and 7 ducks I am hoping that the snail and slug population has dramatically reduced so my lupin plants will be safe from nibbling insects!

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What flowers and vegetable plants have you been growing?

Roasted Courgette And Parmesan Soup – A Reader’s Recipe

I was delighted to receive this fantastic reader’s recipe for Roasted Courgette And Parmesan Soup by Tony from Cambridge. I thought that it sounded so good that I would share it with you all.

Hi, roasted courgette and parmesan soup is good. I don’t really have a recipe.

  • Just roast a load of courgettes with an onion and garlic and olive oil at 200c for about 45 mins until it is nicely browned, then blend with a good portion of parmesan.
  • You might need a bit of veg stock depending on how big and moist the courgettes are. Season as you like.
  • Sprinkle a fistful of chopped basil over the top when you serve. Great with just baked ciabatta.

Tony from Cambridge.

Thanks Tony sounds great, I can’t wait to try it.

If you have a courgette recipe or indeed any recipe that you would like to share with the farmingfriends readers then just leave a comment.

How To Grow Courgettes Instructions

Courgettes are always a great success in my vegetable garden

The TopVeg website always provide me with excellent seed sowing information. 

Farming Friends & TopVeg have now collaborated to create a How To Grow Courgettes growing card.

How To Grow Courgette Instructions

How To Grow Courgette Instructions

Click on the image to enlarge and if you wish to print off this growing card, right click on the enlarged image and then click print picture to print out a copy. If you would like this document as a pdf, just contact farmingfriends and I will email you the document. 

I intend to print off copies and then laminate the sheet so that I can use the growing card in the future.

Teachers, children, vegetable growers and anyone interested in growing courgettes are welcome to print off this growing card for their own use.

Other growing cards we have already created;

If you have any other growing cards that you would like Farming Friends & TopVeg to create then please leave a comment and we will be happy to create it for you.

If you would like to grow courgettes then Thompson and Morgan supply courgette seeds.

What Is A Courgette?

“What, exactly, IS a courgette? Sounds like some type of squash. Must be a British thing,”asked Boggywoggy.

A courgette is;

  • A small squash or marrow.
  • The fruit from the plant.
  • Also known as a zucchini.
  • Yellow, green or light green in colour depending on the variety.
  • Known scientifically as the cucurbita pepo.
  • Often shaped like a cucumber.
  • Used like a vegetable rather than a fruit.
  • Usually eaten cooked.

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Chocolate And Courgette Cake

I love chocolate and I love courgettes, but not at the same time I hear you cry! Actually yes! I found a recipe for chocolate and courgette cake over at Pumpkin Soup ages ago and decided to try it at the weekend.

As I mixed the ingredients together I was a bit dubious as to how the cake would turn out.

Clare said, “Worry not, it’s worth continuing.” So continue I did.

And boy was it worth continuing. The cake looked and smelt delicious when it came out of the oven, but that was nothing compared to the taste.

The verdict – delicious, moist, rich, chocolatey, crunchy topping and without a hint of courgette.

I had my first slice on it’s own, second with custard and third with ice-cream.

I would highly recommend this cake. It was easy to prepare and tastes scrumptious. Thanks Clare for sharing this recipe.

Courgette and Green Tomato Chutney

Back in early September 2005 I decided to use up some of the courgette and green tomatoes which kept growing in my veg garden by making courgette and green tomato chutney. I had never made chutney before but I thought I would give it a go. I am pleased to say that this chutney is delicious. It is great in a cheese sandwich, to accompany a salad, added to a curry/casserole or smeared over chicken breast which is wrapped in foil and cooked in the oven. I highly recommend making it so if I have tempted you then here is the recipe.


  • 1kg diced courgettes.
  • 1kg peeled and diced green tomatoes.
  • 500g peeled and diced onions.
  • 500g peeled, cored and diced cooking apples.
  • 500g soft brown sugar.
  • 500g sultanas.
  • 600ml white wine vinegar.
  • 1 mulled wine sachet.


  1. Put all ingredients into a large saucepan with the spice sachet.
  2. Bring ingredients slowly to the boil making sure that you stir occasionally.
  3. Leave the pan uncovered and simmer for 2-3 hours – stir occasionally so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn.
  4. The ingredients will reduce down and the chutney will be ready when it has thickened.
  5. Remember to remove the spice sachet before bottling.
  6. Sterilise jars in a hot oven for a few minutes.
  7. Put the chutney in the sterilised jars whilst it is still warm.
  8. Make sure the jars have plastic lids because the vinegar will react with metal lids.
  9. Leave the chutney to mature for at least 2 weeks and up to a couple of months.

This recipe made 3kg of chutney so as you can imagine we had alot of jars. This courgette and green tomato chutney makes an excellent homemade gift for your food loving friends and family. My friends and family thought it was so delicious that they kept returning the empty jars in the hope that I would swop them for more full ones!

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Courgette Harvested

Last night Steve harvested my first courgette from the flood damaged courgette plants that managed to survive a week under water.

We only used half of this beauty which we just boiled and served with mince, new potatoes and cabbage.

I will consult my courgette recipe list for more ideas on what to do with the rest of this courgette and any future zucchinis.

Courgette And Zucchini Recipes

I love courgettes / zucchinis and this year I was hoping for many courgettes that I would be able to cook in many different ways trying out new and interesting recipes I have found in the blogging world.

I planted twenty courgette plants earlier in the season and all the plants were doing very well when the floods of June washed the vegetable garden away. Most of my vegetables were lost as they sat in deep water for a week which rotted away the roots to the plants.

I was pleased that two of my courgette plants have managed to survive the floods and now have courgettes growing. In a day or two I will be able to start picking these fabulous vegetables and I can’t wait.

I am interested in hearing from anyone who has courgette and zucchini recipes that they would be willing for me to link to and even try out and review.

I have already started to make a list of how many different ways you can cook courgette and have compiled the following list;

1) Boiled courgette.

2) Steamed courgette.

3) Roast courgette.

4) Fried courgette – a serving suggestion by farmingfriends.

5) Stir-fried courgette.

6) Courgette with mince.

7) Courgette with chicken.

8) Cheesey courgette vegetables.

9) Courgette quiche.

10) Courgette soup suggested by me and The Cottage Smallholder.

11) Stuffed courgette.

12) Courgette chutney. A recipe by farmingfriends.

13) Chocolate And Courgette Loaf. A recipe by Pumpkin Soup.

14) Courgette bread.

15) Zucchini casserole. A recipe by Ms Green Thumb Jean.

16) Zucchini patties. A recipe by Shady Side Farm.

17) Lemony courgette salad a recipe by Joanna’s Food.

18) Vegetable soup with courgette flowers – suggested by TopVeg.

19) Ratatouille – suggested by Allotment Lady.

20) Zucchini fritters a recipe by Juile at Noshtalgia.

21) Courgette cake a recipe by Lucy at The Smallest Smallholding.

Ed at The Slow Cook is wild about squash and has found lots of zucchini recipes in the Pittsburgh Gazette.

Please let me know if you have a recipe for one of the courgette dishes above or a different courgette recipe and I will add the link to this article and the Courgette Explosion article. I look forward to hearing from you.

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