This family of vegetables are very susceptible to frost so don’t usually get planted outside until after the last frost. I start them off early in pots in the greenhouse though to give them a head start. They need lots of space to grow but generally give you a good crop, e.g. one courgette plant last year was plenty enough for two humans and a dozen hens. I have sown courgette, two different types of squash (butternut and patty pans) and pumpkin. We slice the larger courgettes and pumpkins in half lengthways and let the girls feed on the flesh and seeds. Only in moderation though as our vet has told us too much ‘wet’ food affects their digestion.

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