What's this mottling on courgette leaves??


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Hi

One of my courgette plants has developed wierd marks on one of its leaves, does anyone know why or what it is?
 

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I am not sure, but it looks as though it might be leaf miner damage, they eat the center of the leaf and leave the surfaces. I would isolate that one.
 
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Oh no how awful! I've just put that one outside, hopefully that's contained it! Thank you
 
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It is probably not 'killer', plants can take a lot of leaf damage and grow new ones, it's damage to stems and roots that really hurts them, they can't replace them the same way.
 
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The bottom leaves of my courgettes are going a bit yellow. The rest of the plant is healthy, is this anything to worry about or is it normal?
 

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Don't worry, just outgrowing its seed leaves. The proper leaves look fine and there is a lovely bud in the center. Mine look very similar, they came out of the greenhouse the day before yesterday and suddenly look greener and more solid in an indefinable way. It was time, but I am in Sussex, well South, and I shall still keep an eye on the weather forecast, late frost is unlikely, but just possible.
 
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Thank you Oliver!

Yes I think in hindsight I planted my seeds 2 weeks early. Ideally they'd be outside now but holding off until next weekend (21st ish) to plant out as like you, I'm worried about last frost. I'm in Manchester.
 
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I haven't planted them out yet, just stood them out. Partly I can stand them back in overnight if there is a cold one, partly I like to spread the shock a bit, let them get used to being out before I turn them out of the pot they have known since they were little more than a seed. :)
 
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Good point, I'm working from home all next week so will sit them out too!

Really looking forward to them this year, goldmine ones for a change. Last year was my first ever year growing anything and I got so many fruits it was insane!

I'm also growing chilli's for the first time. They are in 12cm pots right now, about 25cm tall. They will take up the other half of my giant grow bag. I will cover it all in cloche and jobs a goodun!

Make sure you take pics and post them once the courgettes have settled!
 
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Update-the courgettes go out this weekend! Currently sat outside for a few hours acclimatising!
 

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That is an awful lot of courgettes if they all do well. I usually plant two plants in case one is a dud. It usually isn't and we end up giving away courgettes to all our friends and neighbours. Remember they like a bit of compost when they go out; I have actually made a hole for a small pocket of earth in the top of a compost heap and planted one there before now. It loved it.
 
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A couple are for my mum!

I plant them in a 400ltr grow bag. Worked well last year, I've removed 60% of the old soil and will mix in new.

Ive noticed damage on one leaf, it had a slug trail on it so I don't know how that managed to get inside my conservatory!
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Slugs and snails get everywhere, even if slowly. If you see something like that it is always worth checking the bottom of the pot. Sometimes they stay between the pot and the earth, but quite often there it is, waiting for nightfall.

Check out what I think of snails

:) there are a whole bunch of videos on my 'Storyshack' site.
 
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Slugs and snails get everywhere, even if slowly. If you see something like that it is always worth checking the bottom of the pot. Sometimes they stay between the pot and the earth, but quite often there it is, waiting for nightfall.

Check out what I think of snails

:) there are a whole bunch of videos on my 'Storyshack' site.
That's brilliant! I hope you do open mic nights. If not you're wasted!
 
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I'm afraid I take immuno-suppressants for GPA which makes me very vulnerable, so apart from stuff like hospital appointments when I lost my eye I am full time in the garden keeping myself to myself.
However there are about fifty videos on my facebook page and YouTube site. Most are my original stories, but there is the odd traditional story there as well, you can tell which they are, I don't read them. I used to do a bit of storytelling at festivals and such, who knows, If someone develops a decent vaccine ...
Here is the full page of them,
 
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I'm afraid I take immuno-suppressants for GPA which makes me very vulnerable, so apart from stuff like hospital appointments when I lost my eye I am full time in the garden keeping myself to myself.
However there are about fifty videos on my facebook page and YouTube site. Most are my original stories, but there is the odd traditional story there as well, you can tell which they are, I don't read them. I used to do a bit of storytelling at festivals and such, who knows, If someone develops a decent vaccine ...
Here is the full page of them,
I will take a look!

I'm planting out my plants today. More damage to the courgette leaves..... Do you think I should cut the offending leaves off before I plant or leave them??
 

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I would leave it, it is a big leaf and most of it will be doing its job fine. You may find the outside conditions are on the plant's side as well, if not and it gets worse you can always take it off, at least the plant will be established and ready to replace leaves.
Planted out mine the other day, and there are little flower buds coming, though the first ones tend to be male it's still quite exciting.

PS Try 'Fairy doors', that's a garden related story :)
 
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I've subscribed to your channel!

Quick question. I've attached pic below. I've filled my grow bag with compost. I've put in a few courgettes, chilli plants and some of my red onion strands (the pot I have isn't deep enough for these so figured this year I would put in this)

Is this OK, are all of these happy together? Last year I put my cauliflowers next to my courgettes and they were fine. Just checking before I lock it all down!
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I don't use grow bags, but they look close together. Planting out in the garden the recommended distance is normally 3ft apart, and I think those front two might swamp your poor chilies, i would be inclined to take them out. The probability is that you will get more fruit from two plants with plenty of room than you will from four that are crowded.
 
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