The Giant Zucchini

Behold the giant Zucchini!
This incredible Zucchini Tromboncino, Cucurbita moschata, has grown to a total length of 70.5cm.
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It is defiantly not the largest Tromboncino but no doubt it is still impressive.

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When I compare it to myself, it’s almost half my height.

I am 159cm tall which is only 5.2 feet, so to help convey just how big this zucchini actually is I had my photo taken with this guy.

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Whilst I was amazed with the first zucchini I discovered, I happened to come across another. But what caught my attention,

well made me laugh was the odd shape it had presented itself in.

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Tromboncino is a fast growing variety of zucchini, growing easily to a height and width of 1.5 and possibly more depending on where it is situated in the garden.

Also the zucchini itself varies in length depending on the growing conditions.

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The other great thing about these types of crops is that they use more vertical space compared to ground space, therefore allowing you to maximise your variety of food you can grow in the one area.

I personally have other varieties of pumpkin, squash, spring onions etc, growing underneath the Tromboncino zucchini vines in one vegetable box.

Whilst I have stuffed this veggie patch to its maximum I still get great crop numbers from all the plants planted within this veggie box.

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 Tromboncino has a great flavour but because of the traditional size of the fruit it can be sometimes hard to find good uses for it. But Tromboncino can make some great soups or stews. 

They can also be used fresh in salads, roasted, steamed or you could even be a little more daring and make some interesting scones, or any other desserts that may catch your fancy. I have decided to set myself a goal and try to grow an even bigger Tromboncino, lets see if I can get one almost as tall as myself. 

You just have to love making new discoveries in the garden. 

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By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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