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As a comment about Italian Trombone Squash (Cucurbita moschata 'Tromba d'Albenga'), SCButtercup wrote:

Can be used as summer type squash if picked when green OR as winter squash if allowed to mature on the vine to creamy beige and hard skin. Its curled form can make it difficult to handle in the kitchen, so trellising (try growing on a bamboo teepee or cattle panel archway) is a must. When the vines climb up, gravity makes the squash hang down and grow straight. These straight necks can be 2 feet long and have no seeds (seeds are in the bulbous end at the bottom), so they make great eating no matter how large the squash. You can't mess these up the way you can with zucchini, which must be picked while small so that the seeds aren't tough. Great plant for a beginning gardener because it requires little care aside from tying up the vines as they grow. Also, it is open pollinated, so you can save the seeds to share and grow next year. Holds up well against squash bugs and seems resistant to squash vine borers. Early in the season I sometimes spray with Bt, which is a natural caterpillar/bug control.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Salvias
Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
Feb 2, 2015 8:12 PM CST
You can't mess this up. I was amazed the first year, gratified the second year, can't wait for my third year. It took on a few SVBs as boarders before I noticed but didn't seem to mind at all. The striped cucumber beetles loved hiding in its blossoms to my dismay, and although they were never able to harm it, they sure did harm the other squash in the garden.

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