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Old February 6, 2012   #46
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Thanks for the suggestion, Jeannine. I'm thinking I might use some of those cone-shaped wire tomato cages. Would that work? Or what trellis alternative do you suggest? Just how tall will they get, anyway? I have two sizes of cages.

(I've got several of the tomato cages, but will likely do a Florida Weave for the tomatoes.)
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If we're talking about the Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino squash, I grew it for 2 years because of its resistance to the squash vine borer. The vines were the most rampant sprawling uncontrollable things ever! I tried to trellis them with a 15' long setup that was 5' high and they completely engulfed it and got away, despite my pruning- the vines easily reached 12-15'. The fruits were curvy even when trellised- got no straight ones. They were very good all the way up to 18" which was the limit I gave them, but I didn't try using them as winter squash because I read that they weren't so good that way. So just be ready- they need a LOT of room!

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Old February 6, 2012   #47
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Orach. Orach Purple Passion. It & some crazy amaranth. I want tasty greens in the summer when the sun beats most of the greens I like to death. We'll see.
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Old February 6, 2012   #48
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If we're talking about the Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino squash. . .

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Well, that'll teach me to try to respond in the middle of the night when I should be abed. Because rat tail radishes were on my mind, I mistakenly assumed that's what Jeannine was talking about in her post. It sure makes a lot more sense to trellis long squash than radishes!
Sigh.
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Old February 6, 2012   #49
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Funny, sorry to confuse you. I grew rats tail about 4 years ago they grew about 30 inches high if I remember right..Prince Charles in the UK adopted this species from HSL so a few of us grew it to promote it.

Kath is quite right about how the squash grows. I grew it on a trellis arbour and the squash hung down from the roof part. They will make winter squash if fully mature but they sure do like to go!!

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New for me will be potatoes from seed, and artichokes. The artichokes may be a humbling experience.

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I'm the same - TPS & artichoke, also Eggplant!
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New for me will be potatoes from seed, and artichokes. The artichokes may be a humbling experience.

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Artichokes for me, too. I have no idea what they look like when they fruit. Is it one stalk or several?
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This year, of the 14 tomato varieties I'll be growing, all are new to me except for two. Oh, and that's not counting the dwarfs.

I'm also giving chard and Kale a try for the first time.

I'm sticking with the same varieties of most other vegetables, but I am trying different sweet Italian red peppers--Russo da Appendere, and for carrots, I just had to buy a pack of Paris Market--they look so cute!

And, I have two new garlic varieties over-wintering: German Red and Spanish Roja.

I still can't believe I'm growing that many tomato varieties. When I first joined here, I only had five on my list...
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Old February 6, 2012   #54
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This year I'll be trying heirloom tomatos for the first time
Moskovich
black Cherry
Sweet Orange Cherry
Cherokee Purple
Mr. Hawkins
Russian Big Roma

Last year I planted my first asaparagus bed. The results have yet to be seen.
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Old February 7, 2012   #55
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Artichokes for me, too. I have no idea what they look like when they fruit. Is it one stalk or several?
One stalk or several? I have no idea.
Thanks for verifying that I'm in over my head.

Nicky,

I forgot, eggplant here also. And, spelt (if I spelt it right).

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Old February 7, 2012   #56
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No Spelt for me. That looks very odd doesn't it 'spelt!' Hmm...

Yes, I have absolutely NO idea what an artichoke plant looks like. I have seen them pickled & in the produce section of the market. But I know nothing at all about them! I also have no idea what I will do with the harvest (if I get one). Artichoke & Asiago dip I guess!

I'm off to read up on Artichoke plants/planting!
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Artichokes for me, too. I have no idea what they look like when they fruit. Is it one stalk or several?
I grew a few plants in the 1980's and as far as I remember they looked like this picture:
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Wow Kath - what a gorgeous plant! I may be growing more Artichokes

Thanks for the picture - that wasn't what I expected at all. I think I had them slotted in somewhere near my radish & beetroots. They are going to need more room - and a bit of research!
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The picture is from Google Images, not my garden, but the plants are quite big- as I recall they were at least 3' tall. Fun to grow but not very productive for the amount of food they produce compared to the space they need.
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That Asiago & Artichoke dip & the fun of growing something odd may be worth the space! Maybe I should find a spot for them in the flower beds. I have a feeling that they would be a conversation piece amongst the flowers!
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