Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tromboncino Squash

I have followed the garden adventures of the Dervaes family for over a year now. They are an amazing inspiration when it comes to Urban Homesteading.One of their most fascinating plants is the Tromboncino Squash (Cucurbita moschata). They grow them on a pegola and they hang like swan necked bells. After happily finding the seeds at Diggers I set to work growing my own.
It has been a joy to watch it grow literally an inch a day and soon cover my arch as well as travel over 3 metres each way along my fence.

I watched with anticipation as the first flowers

and fruits appeared and celebrated when they too started hanging like bells. Each visitor to our house was given the special tromboncino tour and they even made an appearance at my daughters school for an Earth Hour presentation. This week we finally got to eat one and they are delicious.A cross between a butternut squash and a zucchini. They are susceptable to powdery mildew so you need to be vigilant.I have been spraying mine with milk spray.

If you are after an interesting and delicious addition to your garden then I highly recommend the Tromboncino Squash. By the way if you leave them to sprawl on the ground they curl up like a trombone hence the name :)


  1. I've just planted my first seeds of this into seedling trays, so I was very interested to see this. Thanks for posting!

  2. What have you used to make the arch shaped trellis, is it metal?