just reading along in another forum and
came across this and thought i would post it
here for T.
Tromboncino (a.k.a Zucchetta Rampicante)
a very long squash, can be harvested young
and used like zukes, but also runs a long vine
which will root at the junctions so it is
resistant to squash borer damage.
if left to grow long it also is a winter
squash. once it hits seed stage the vine
will stop producing so have to keep it picked.
also named in that thread were rumbo squash
which i've never heard of and haven't grown.
the butternut or buttercup squash we grow
here are somewhat resistant in that they may
get borer damage but they will keep going.
a few of the plants may die, but not all.
now that we've got cross-breeds and seeds
harvested from several years they seem to
be resistant enough.
ours are some kind of cross breed, looks like
between buttercup and common pumpkin, but not
sure. Mom likes 'em so we'll keep growing them.
i miswrote butternut in last past. we grew
those years ago but we like buttercup much more.
I love squash, but can't seem to ever get much fruit because the borers
always kill the plants right about the time the fruit just gets started
producing. I only have a few small raised beds, so can't really plant a
lot in hopes I'll still get some the borers missed.
Any ideas how to beat the borers?
with limited space, start your plants early enough
that they can get a good stem on them before planting
depending upon where you are at there are ways of
planting earlier or later to avoid some of the damage
but i think it helps more to just plant vines that
can survive the damage.
from other posts in this thread give buttercup or
rumbo a try. if you want ones that are like zuchini
try the other one mentioned: Tromboncino
(a.k.a Zucchetta Rampicante), pick early, they can
get long... :)
as far as picking off bugs, sprays and such, i've
never actually done that. the vines here get chewed
pretty well, a few don't survive, most do. i'm not
sure if it would help to put a paper bag over them
with a few holes for just the stem and leaves to
poke through while they are growing. perhaps by the
time the bags break down the stem will be bigger
and stronger. not having tried this i can't say
much else than sometime i may try it if i can remember.
more likely i'll forget about this by next spring/
i think i'll continue with the general trend i'm
on which is to keep growing them and not babying them
too much so that the weaklings get taken out and
the stronger survive.
i may look into other resistant types some time
if it seems to be worth a try. right now we are
finishing off the last few dozen of the squash
we picked last fall and they're very yum.
307 calories (percent of calories from fat, 53),
15 grams protein,
22 grams carbohydrates,
3 grams fiber,
18 grams fat (11 grams saturated),
104 milligrams cholesterol,
576 milligrams sodium
This is definitely NOT diabetic friendly. Rats!!!
Thank you for thinking of me anyway. It is very
much appreciated. :-)
Death to squash bugs!
Death to earwigs!
Death to Weeds!
Over three years drug free now. Thriving, not just surviving!
you are quoting a recipe with milk, cheese, butter, flour,
milk and onion added. not just the plain squash...
those numbers looked so "off" to me that i had to go
check it out. and yes, i was right, those are not
plain veggie numbers.
There is no problem with eating either in moderation. You should
consult with a diabetic dietician before trying to scare folks off
Diabetics, depending on type of disease and status of control, can
react uniquely to individual items. Personal testing is necessary to
determine how any particular food affects BG levels. This can get more
complicated when one eats a variety of foods together, as some combos
can help eliminate spikes.
i looked for a bit today and could not find
anything clearly marked for that particular
squash, but i would not be too surprised if
it is similar in nutrition as zukes or any of
the other summer squash.