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Post  happycamper on 2/25/2011, 4:57 pm

I was planning for spring and wanted to share a 2010 SFG success. I planted 3 squares of round Zucchini in a row on the outside edge of a 4x4. Since the bed is 12 inches high (6 inches MM) and the grid is tacked on the top of the wood, it contained most of the plant stalks so that they didn't try and take over the rutabaga's & turnips. I will be doing this again this year.

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I kept the leaves trimmed on the inside near the other crops and they provided shade for a new crop of bok choi. The salsify on the right looks like grass at this stage but was tasty. Happy experimenting!
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Post  Megan on 2/25/2011, 5:06 pm

Wow, what a difference between bush and vining squash. Shocked Those look tiny. Glad it worked well for you!
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Post  dizzygardener on 2/25/2011, 5:31 pm

I'll be doing bush type zukes as well.

Thanks for posting the picture. I was wondering just how much they were going to take over the box. I think I'd better give them 3 squares of space.
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Post  dizzygardener on 2/25/2011, 5:34 pm

Oh, I meant to ask, how much zucchini did those 3 bushes produce? I'm trying to figure out how many I should plant.
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Post  Megan on 2/25/2011, 5:39 pm

I always thought bush zucchini took up more space... more like 4 sf or so, at least. :scratch: And I have a bush pattypan I want to try this year, so now I really want to figure this out!
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Post  happycamper on 2/26/2011, 4:08 pm

Dizzygardener, if I recall correctly I harvested around 9-10 per plant. I had planted 6 of them. They were approx. 3-4 inches around and I didn't plant the seed until July 20th (late). They stored better than the Black Beauty's and tasted great grilled with olive oil (easy vegetable to take camping). I hope this helps.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/28/2011, 11:37 pm

Happycamper, do you remember the variety of round zucchini and where you got it?

So far I have found bush type long zucchini's and one vining type named "Black Hawk" ($6.90 for 10 seeds, I bought it anyway because it is a vining zucc) but I haven't seen any round varieties.

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Post  happycamper on 3/1/2011, 6:35 pm

Furbalsmom, I will look, I order nearly everything from Territorial but they are not in my seed box. I am sure they are in the 2010 summer seed container and I will check the basement after I pickup my grandson.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/1/2011, 7:11 pm

Thanks for checking
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Post  happycamper on 3/1/2011, 8:48 pm

I have the packet!
http://www.victoryseeds.com/squash_zucchini_round.html
Summer Squash - Round Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)
45 days —bush-prolific
I checked the website and they are $1.55 for approx. 25 seeds.
I had noted on the packet 100% germination and that I did hand pollinate them with their own male flowers and males from the Black Beauty plants also.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/7/2011, 9:17 am

I am unusually jazzed about actually buying some zucchini seed this year just because I want to try growing them up a stake like a palm tree. (posted on a different zucchini thread...I think in the food section). I think the plants need to be vines instead of bush for this to work but I'm really not too sure.

I've saved one space near my peas (which might be too shady for zucchini) to let one grow taller instead of just about 4' just because. I've NEVER been excited to grow zucchini before.

Going with Uprising's Costata Romanesco

Debs.....who just wants to have some fun
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Post  a0628h0427 on 3/7/2011, 10:41 am

I tried Tromboncino last year on a trellis. It is a vine and it did quite well, with some of the vines reaching 12 feet in length. If you pick the squash immature, it tastes like zucchini, just a little "meatier."

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Post  Megan on 3/7/2011, 8:59 pm

@a0628h0427 wrote:I tried Tromboncino last year on a trellis. It is a vine and it did quite well, with some of the vines reaching 12 feet in length. If you pick the squash immature, it tastes like zucchini, just a little "meatier."

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Shocked Wow, did you miss a bullet....it can get a lot bigger than that. I agree it is very tasty!
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Post  a0628h0427 on 3/7/2011, 10:25 pm

Well, they were about 12 feet when the really intense heat and humidity struck..... along with the mildew. Then, alas, they were no more! Laughing
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Post  Megan on 3/7/2011, 10:58 pm

@a0628h0427 wrote:Well, they were about 12 feet when the really intense heat and humidity struck..... along with the mildew. Then, alas, they were no more! Laughing

Oh, that stinks. Mine seemed to thrive on the heat and so forth. It got a touch of mildew but that didn't stop it. Maybe you will have better luck this year. I don't think I still have my records but if I remember aright, I had one branch of the plant well over 50 feet (I want to say over 60+), and total vineage was around 280 for the one plant.
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Post  elliephant on 3/8/2011, 10:24 am

The PM around here is TERRIBLE. I've lost every single one of my squash plants to it not long after starting to harvest...which reminds me, I need to start preventative neem oil treatments this week, even though my squash only have 3-4 true leaves.
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