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Best all-round squash/zuchinni or substitute??

Posted by castorp z9 FL (My Page) on
Tue, May 13, 08 at 18:21

Hi,

Where I live it very difficult to grow regular summer squash and zuchinni. The summer humidity and the pickle worms do them in.

I am always looking for good substitutes, and because I have a small garden I'm looking for something very versitile.

I have read about various gourds (cucuzzi, edible bottle gourds) being used like squash; chayotes; and even green papayas.

I have been growing trombocini squash but this year they taste watery and mealy for some reason.

I'm looking for something with nice buttery texture and good flavor, but can stand up to humid subtropical climate.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Bill


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RE: Best all-round squash/zuchinni or substitute??

If you live as far south as I do most any Bush type squash won't make it as a moth lays eggs at the base of the plants and kills the plant. Tried once and got a couple before death. They say you can place blue foil around the base of the plant and they think it is the sky and won't land, but I have never tried this myself. Most any vine winter squash seems to do well. I enjoyed raising Butternut squash with no problems as well as acorn. If they take up too much room try staking them so that they grow up instead of out or just make sure you move them in the direction you would like them to grow. If you stake them and the fruit gets too big you may have to use pantyhose type supports, as with cantilope, etc.


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