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RE: What is SVD? And should I be afraid? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: aka_peggy on 04.13.2007 at 11:17 am in Vegetable Gardening Forum

You folks are too funny!

I too gave up growing squash or zukes because of the evil SVB. A neighbor about 500 yards away was growing squash but she moved away last year. Maybe in a couple of years I'll attempt to grow my favorite yellow crookneck again. Can I outwit them?:)

In the meantime a friend gave me seeds of zucchini costata romanesco a couple of years ago. Like the rampicante, romanesco is immune to the SVB. I've never tried rampicante but the romanesco taste far better to me than any other zuke I've had. Unfortunately, romanesco isn't a good subject for trellising like rampicante and one plant hogs a lot of ground space. It doesn't yield as well as other types but that's fine by me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Romanesco


clipped on: 05.24.2007 at 11:54 pm    last updated on: 05.24.2007 at 11:55 pm

RE: Your most productive heirlooms (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: mitch_in_the_garden on 05.05.2007 at 11:57 pm in Growing Tomatoes Forum

I'm in central Texas, Austin. We consider it zone 9. Weeks of 110 degree days last year.

Aunt Ruby's German Green. I'd estimate about 10 pounds of fruit/plant on average last year. Awesome!

Stupice. Always puts out pounds of fruit over a long season, and very early. 4-5 pounds/plant estimate.

Traveler. About 10 pounds/plant last year. Late and smallish pink but lots and lots of tasty toms.

White Tomesol. I'd estimate about 25 pounds of fruit/plant last year. Just basketfulls. Awesome! Most productive tomato I've ever grown. More bland than in previous years. Probably the heat.

Paul Robeson. I'd estimate about 10 pounds of fruit/plant last year. Early and long season. Another great tomato!

This year's surprise so far, Sioux. One six foot tall strong vine has already set up 22++ trusses of five to six toms a piece. This could be the red I've been looking for all my life. I've never seen anything close to this level of production. If 5 toms on each truss come in at 6oz. that'll be over 41 pounds so far. But they ain't picked yet.

For cherries you can't beat Ildi (yellow) or Reisentraube (red) for production and taste in our area.


clipped on: 05.07.2007 at 06:19 pm    last updated on: 05.07.2007 at 06:19 pm