Sleeping the Courgette Plants

When your courgette plants get a nice thick main stem, to prolong productivity, use this method passed on to us from a good family friend.  It can also revive long and ropey “runners”.

Remove any browned leaves carefully with a knife, look at which way the plant lays or leans, push it gently in the opposite direction, allowing you to dig a shallow pit about 10 cms deep, starting up close to the main upright stem of the plant, and running in the same direction which the plant lay, approx.  20 cms long, push the plant stem gently over and into the pit, cover with soil, firming with your hands and making sure you fill all gaps around the stem. You may need to loosen the plant from the opposite side by digging slightly with a small trowel. Push the soil down firmly around the newly laid down stem. Water normally. This will root and gives the plant another lease of life, and will give you yet more courgettes.  (As if we need yet more!)

Shallow pit dug to side of main stem
Shallow pit dug to side of main stem
Vags gently pushing the plant stem down into the pit
Vags gently pushing the plant stem down into the pit
new 517 (Small)
Soil pulled down over the laid down stem

 

 

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