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Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 5, 2016 at 15:22

I think this is fabulous only wish I had a line to do a similar thing. How is your Tromboncino going after the rain. I hope you aren't getting the terrible winds we are having today.

Comment by Dave Riley on May 22, 2016 at 17:03

I find that cutting the vines back or picking up and relocating the vines is OK management.  A very sturdy plant -- but  easy to control with a pair of scissors. When yellowish the fruits keep well -- like pumpkins.Cut it back a bit and it will come again so that it will continue to crop for you.

Comment by Lissa on May 22, 2016 at 7:53

I will give this plant a go again one day as you've all had such success. The one time I did plant it I think it was too shaded.

My clothesline gets used this way too lol. I hang washing on the back porch so the actual clothesline downstairs simply became covered in pumpkin vine and under it has become a garden in it's own right. 

Comment by Barbara Tealby on May 22, 2016 at 7:02

The vine gets watered a couple of times a week in this warm dry weather, Phil. It is in a new part of the garden, only just redeemed from lawn, so the soil there isn't as good as in the older part of the garden, and I have also planted a couple of tomato plants at the base to climb up the trellis with it, and THEY seem to dry out more quickly.

Now there's only three, rather than six, people in our household, the Hill's hoist isn't needed so much for washing, Rob. We tied it to a tree to keep it still, and now it makes a great trellis/support for plants.

Comment by Rob Collings on May 21, 2016 at 22:46

Really nice and healthy Barbara, great job with the clothesline. I'll have to give this vine a go some day.

Comment by Phil on May 21, 2016 at 21:36

What a great use for a clothes line Barbara! Your vine is looking lush and vigorous despite the changing of the seasons (well its happening slowly). Are you watering it much?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 21, 2016 at 14:06

You've added it OK Barbara, just need to edit the title. Tromboncini are amazing.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on May 21, 2016 at 13:42

These guys are vigorous AND productive. Probably won't bother with zucchinis again.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 21, 2016 at 11:12

Wow.  It's vigorous alright. 

Comment by Barbara Tealby on May 21, 2016 at 8:47

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