Squash Trombetta di Albenga - Renee's Garden
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Heirloom Climbing Summer Squash
This wonderful Italian heirloom summer squash is a vigorous climbing vine, producing many 12 to 15 inch, lime-green fruits with a curvaceous trumpet shape and a delicate mild taste with a hint of nutty artichoke flavor. Trombetta’s flesh is seedless and firm and doesn’t get watery or mushy like regular zucchini. The rambling plants will soon cover a trellis, fence or stakes with graceful fruits that hang like jade ornaments cloaked in a lush canopy of big, heart-shaped leaves.
Seed Count: Approx. 25-30 / Weight: 3.5 g
|Plant In||Sun/Shade||Plant In||Space Seeds||Days to Germinate||Days to Harvest|
|April-June||Full sun||Hills or Groups||4 in.||7 - 10 days||Approx. 58|
START SEEDS OUTDOORS
Squash needs full sun, rich fertile soil and warm temperatures. Plant only when spring weather is warm and settled and night temperatures stay above 55F (13C). Train vigorous Trombetta vines up 6 to 8 foot stakes or a fence or trellis where they will make a lush leafy arbor or canopy and save garden space. Plant in full sun, sowing groups of 2-3 seeds 1 in. deep and 4 in. from vertical supports. Thin to the strongest seedling for each pole or to 12 in. apart along a fence.
Amend soil well before sowing with lots of aged manure or compost. Protect young seedlings from marauding birds by covering with plastic berry baskets at planting time, removing when plants get crowded. Thin properly to get best quality fruits and highest yield. As young plants grow, tie them to supports.
HARVEST AND USE
Softly curved, lime-green Trombetta squashes are best harvested no longer than 10 to 12 in. long and as thick around as cucumbers. Sauté or stuff them, or use in any of your favorite summer squash recipes. Cook until just tender to enjoy their fine flavor and texture.