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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/25/2013, 8:17 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I'm training a patty pan up the trellis.  I've never grown vertical squash...or patty pan: Spacing for vertical summer squash - Page 2 100_8611

It's in one square and sharing a trellis with cucs & watermelon, which is getting windblown the moment due to a cold front stalled off Cape: Spacing for vertical summer squash - Page 2 100_8510

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Oh good luck and tell us how it turns out! I just tried patty pan squash for the first time last year and LOVED it ... and I'm rarely too thrilled about squash. These actually had some flavor I could detect(!!) and the edible skin was a big plus in my book -- both cuz you could eat it and because it preserved the really beautiful look of the squash on the plate. (The family and friends I cook for are all very "visual" eaters and a pretty plate makes a big difference.)

I have ... umm ... four? ... patty pan squash plants growing and I would just love a good harvest. Two I am letting sprawl in a neighbor's yard where all my squash flowers get destroyed by earwigs, and two in my own yard, where squash seems to grow a lot better, to judge by the great butternut squash plant I had going last year before our litter of puppies took all of 20 seconds to destroy it.

Anyway, I hear delicata squash are absolutely superior in flavor and I personally like patty pans a lot, so I'll enjoy hearing about your adventures, warnings, commiserations, or whatever!

P.S.: Grrrr ... 2 cubic foot bags of cedar mulch were on sale for 3 bucks per two bags, so I loaded up and broke a couple squash leaves when pouring it out. Thank goodness I've seen the way people in this thread have brutalized their squash plants and still had them survive, or I'd be singing the broken-squash blues at this point.
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Post  sanderson on 7/26/2013, 2:46 am

CC - One of my vertical squashes is trained up the trellis pole like yours is, with cucumbers climbing up the mesh.

Marc, One of my vertical squashes got away from me. I didn't keep up with trimming the lower leaves (right close up to the stalk) and tying it to the stake as it grew taller. It fell over and the stalk broke. Well, it survived. Enough vertical zylum and phloem left for transport of nutrients and water. After three weeks, I said, "what the heck". I trimmed the new lower heavy leaves off and retied to the stake. Still growing like mad.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/26/2013, 12:45 pm

Awesome. Gotta love that durability.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/26/2013, 4:57 pm

I'll keep updating my vertical Patty pan provided that she lives.  The PM & humidity is wicked here this summer so I may lose her, but I'm working hard not to. 

I hope everyone else will keep us updated on their vertical squashes also.  It's all so interesting, isn't it?

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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/27/2013, 3:16 am

Definitely.

I trained a couple a couple of cucumber plants up my fence today for practice. The pattypans aren't big enough to train yet. I started them pretty late, and they also germinated extremely slowly in Jiffy pellets.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/27/2013, 10:11 am

Lol. I guess I should have planned a bit better and put in a higher trellis for my tromboncino squash. Very Happy If you're looking for a good climbing and easily trellised squash, I suppose this one would do nicely! This is the first time I've grown it, and can't comment on the taste. Hopefully soon Smile  I know there are members here who have loved it. I can say, it climbs with ease...quickly once it gets going!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/4/2013, 5:41 pm

Rooster, I've never seen tromboncino squash seeds in the stores here or even heard of it.  It sure climbs well!  Let us know what you think of the flavor once you try it.

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Post  southern gardener on 8/4/2013, 6:02 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:Lol. I guess I should have planned a bit better and put in a higher trellis for my tromboncino squash. Very Happy If you're looking for a good climbing and easily trellised squash, I suppose this one would do nicely! This is the first time I've grown it, and can't comment on the taste. Hopefully soon Smile  I know there are members here who have loved it. I can say, it climbs with ease...quickly once it gets going!

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wow Rooster, I wanna try that one on my arch trellis!! My yard long string beans and "regular" string beans are ALMOST touching at the top of my arch!! wahoo! that squash looks like it would do it in no time! How tall is your panel?
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/4/2013, 7:29 pm

Thanks CC and SG Very Happy  The squash is fun for sure, and I hear great things about it. I can't wait to try it myself.
The trellis is no where near tall enough! Without going out and measuring, I would say close to or a hair more than 5'. I think the trellis should be at LEAST 8'. I had to scrounge up a scrap piece of cattle panel to place on the other side, and it's now growing down.
The picture above was a week ago. Here it is today:
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As you can see, it has no problems climbing...at all! It is also growing out along the ground.
If you're looking for a climbing squash, this one will do it!
Here's a shot of the squash starting to form:
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Post  sanderson on 8/4/2013, 7:45 pm

Tromboncino squash - what is the flavor closest to, yellow squash or zucchini?

CC - I did a double take of your photo as your squash looks like one of mine.  How do you like vertical growing? Smile
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/4/2013, 7:58 pm

@sanderson wrote:
CC - I did a double take of your photo as your squash looks like one of mine.  How do you like vertical growing? Smile

It's fine but squash leaves bite me and leave welts. I try to stay away from them but this ones space is next to 2 aisles that have 3 ft clearance so it's hard to avoid completely with the leaves hanging over the box. If I only had a very small space it would be perfect. Fortunately I have an out of the way squash garden that is better for me, but I had to try it once.

How do you like yours?

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Post  sanderson on 8/4/2013, 11:23 pm

CC - I don't have an option but to grow vertically. My back yard is too small for anything to have more than one square foot. I have 2 zucchini and one yellow squash trained vertically. And, yes, they bite me, too. It would be nice if I had room for some 2' x 2' single boxes for summer squash.

I also have 2 cantaloupe plants in a single 1' x 1' x 1' box that are both trained up a fan-shaped trellis and then onto separate horizontal 2" x 4" cross beams of an arbor. I have to use a ladder to hand pollinate them, now. Boy, that's an accident waiting to happen!
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Post  southern gardener on 8/5/2013, 2:08 am

rooster. I wanna try 'em! Sounds like something fast. I just want my arch covered lol. Mine is really close to being covered in one area...the beans are almost touching at the top. I was looking up, and there was a big fat GRASSHOPPER sitting up there, so I knocked him off, and the dog was in hot pursuit! Are the seeds hard to find? Thanks for the helpful info.
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