Planting climbing trombetta squash

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I just planted seeds from "Renee's Garden" for an Italian Heirloom squash labeled "Climbing Trombetta."  I'm hoping that this squash is the same as the variety that my grandfather used to grow when I was little.  He called his squash "Gagutsa" and they grew on elaborate trellaces.  Gagutsa squash are lime green and grow in the same shape as the climbing trombetta.  So....I've got my fingers crossed.  I just found these seeds and I'm planting them late in the season.  But I'll report back on...Read Full Story

Combat the Snails

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My early squash seedlings are battling for their life against killer snails.  My garden seems to get slimed daily, so I just did some research to find non-chemical ways to fend off the snails.  Here are the suggestions that I found...I'll let you know if any of them seem to work. 1. Beer traps - push a cup of beer into the ground.  Beer attracts snails, they fall in and then can't get out. 2. Penny Barriers - circle your plants with old pennies.  Snails get a small shock when they try to...Read Full Story

Cucumbers and Snails = Bad Combo

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I planted a row of seedless cucumbers last week. Little did I know that snails LOVE cucumbers.  I came back to my garden not 4 days latter and the snails had eaten every last bit of the seedlings.  There was snail/slug trails all over the ground and the cucumber seedlings were devoured down to small stubs.  Unreal.  Its obvious that there are lots of snails in the community garden here in Palo Alto.  We have lots of snails on our artichoke plants but they don't seem to harm the artichokes...Read Full Story

Starting to plant

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I planted my first few veggies of the year today.  We finally got a break in the rain and I made it out the the garden in order to weed and prep the soil.  I planted a few things directly from seed this year - carrots, beets, green onions, and snap peas.  I also planted a few seedlings - jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash, and 3 different tomato plants.  Probably too early to plant the tomatos, but I figured it was worth a try.  The garden plot that I'm sharing with Ben and Emily...Read Full Story