I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking off all the old leaves behind the bottom fruit, and so on up the stem as the fruits ripened. It worked REALLY WELL for me. I'd previously given up on zucchinis, as I have a fairly small vege patch, and one zucchini plant always meant almost nothing else in the garden, not to mention the powdery mildew. Well, using this system, there was no trouble with powdery mildew, even at this time of the year.
The one tromboncino vine has been in since last February. It fruited all through the winter, in a limited capacity, then went crazy as soon as the weather warmed up. I couldn't get all of on my phone camera, but it stretches for 20 metres along the fence. Not sure how much longer it's going to last, though. I didn't expect it to last, and planted the 2 zucchinis as well, and now, I have Zucchini quiche, zucchini cake (lots, in the freezer), zucchini chutney...
Now it looks like it will be worth trying the Tatume pumpkin, if I can get seeds.
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