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Organic Courgette (Black Zucchini) Seeds

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Zucchini are a versatile summer vegetable and easy to grow from seed if you are a beginner gardener.

Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each Courgette seed packet contains approximately 20 seeds 

What are Courgettes (Zucchini)?

Courgette (or zucchini) is a quintessential Mediterranean vegetable that is part of the Cucurbitaceae family.  Zucchini is extremely versatile in the kitchen and suitable for coastal gardens.  

This vegetable is perfectly fine in a small garden but does have a creeping growth habit (curb growth by nipping it at the tip). We suggest planting at least two plants for a family (and a good harvest).

Culinary Uses for Courgette (Zucchini) Plants 

Zucchini is so versatile.  You can stuff the flowers with ricotta and herbs and deep fry, or you can use the vegetable itself.  Try raw baby courgette sliced finely in salads, or cook the larger ones into dishes like Ratatouille.  We also love to grate courgette and use it to bulk out Bolognese sauce or to add vegetable goodness to hamburger patties.  (The kids don't even know they are eating vegetables!)  

At the height of the season, when you have more courgette than your family can possibly eat, you have three options:

  • make a pickle (a favourite in our household)
  • roast with tomatoes, capsicum and garlic - preserve or freeze as a pasta sauce
  • grate, squeeze out the liquid and freeze in flat layers - use frozen zucchini in soups or Bolognese.

Growing Conditions - Courgette (Zucchini, Curcubita pepo)

Plant in a sunny spot that is sheltered from the wind. Courgettes prefer a rich free draining soil that is mildly alkaline.  Although they will survive a mild drought once established, it will affect the quality and quantity of harvest, so it's best to keep the soil around them moist. (Take care to water at the base, as the leaves can be susceptible to powdery mildew.)  Courgettes like regular plant food during the growing season - we often feed them with worm tea.

Climate and seasonal Information - Courgette (Zucchini)

Courgettes need heat to germinate and warm weather to thrive.  They are suitable for growing in most parts of New Zealand over summer.  Sow from September - January in warm areas, and October - December in cooler areas.  

Seed Sowing Instructions - Courgette (Zucchini) Seeds

  • Direct sow: Spring - late summer
    • Spacing: 30 cm apart
    • Sowing depth: 2 cm
    • Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy while seedlings are germinating
    • Germination: 7 - 14 days
    • Harvest: 60 - 90 days
    • Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails

        We offer a replacement guarantee

        To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

        What will postage cost?

        Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

        Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

        If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

        If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

        How often do you dispatch?

        To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

        How do you package your products?

        We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

         

        Where do you deliver to? 

        We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

        South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

        While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

        We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

        Do you deliver to post office boxes?

        Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.