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Name another fruit starting with the letter, Z

The worms have spent some time thinking about the courgettes they’re growing in the garden, this week. Courgette (Zucchini) plants are easy to grow and fruit abundantly – pick them when they reach about 4-5 inches. You can eat the flowers, they’re a delicacy …

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The cartoon reads, You can eat the flower on Courgettes (Zucchini) plants, they are considered a delicacy when fried  The cartoon is of two worms in front of a flowering courgette plant.   One worm says, “ They are the only fruit starting with the letter Z””  The other worm replies, “what courgette?”

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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on growing courgettes (Zucchini), try The RHS – they know what they’re talking about!

How to grow Courgettes (Zucchini) from the RHS

Courgette plants usually fruit for many months, from early summer onwards, sometimes right through to the first frost.

Pick the courgettes when they’re young and tasty, 10–12.5cm (4–5in) long.

Regular harvesting, when the fruits are small, will encourage more to form.

The flowers can also be harvested, and have a mild courgette flavour. They can be eaten raw in salads or stuffed and fried. Use straight away, as they don’t keep for long.

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

Click to see our ‘Put Pollinators First’ page

Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

Join in the Gardener’s World team and pledge here

With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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