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    I've just planted some courgette seeds indoors in small pots of compost. Just wondering how often I should water them before the shoots start to appear? There's nothing on the seed packet regarding watering them?
    Also, I've used cling film as a propagtor, keeping it loose-ish so condensation doesn't weigh it down. Would that still work?
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    If the compost was moist to start with, I would think condensation should be enough to keep it that way but remove it at the first sign of a shoot........consider using a half pop bottle as a cloche.
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    The shoots should appear within a few days, I wouldn't water them again personally, they might rot.
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    Mine germinated in a few days without any cover, in the unheated summerhouse.
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    Courgette Update!
    The first shoots have started to appear. What to do now?
    Am I right in thinking that I should now remove the cover and continue to leave them alone in a warm place for another 2-4 weeks before transplanting to my vegetable plot?
    Do the shoots need to be watered? If so, how often and how much?
    Do they need hardening off?
    Look at me, pretending I know what "hardening off" means.
    Any help greatly appreciated. Layman's terms if possible.
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    If the shoots are through, like you say remove the lid & keep in a warm light place. Light will be important for them to grow now. Get a pot of compost the same size as the plants, water the compost & feel the weight, now lift the pots with the plants & feel the weight, over time you will just be able to lift pots & know if they need watering or not. They will become light as they dry out. I wouldn't harden them off just yet, Pop some photo's up.
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    The cover needs removing and stand your plants on a sunny window sill preferably with a piece of foil/white card behind to help prevent them from going to leggy.
    Have a read here at the vines own guide to growing courgettes

    Growing Courgettes | How To Grow | Grow Your Own hope this helps.
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