Post by michaeljohnson on Apr 10, 2009 0:43:23 GMT -5
Just got some squash seeds from a dear friend in Australia, one of which were very large seeds and called Iron Bark squash, I am not very familiar with this variety -does anyone know anything much about it or have photos etc, apparently it is quite large.
A few more of the other seeds were also interesting and I am looking forward to growing, Queensland Blue, Blue Hubbard- I only have a few of each to sow- but it should prove interesting.
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Post by bluelacedredhead on Apr 10, 2009 8:05:01 GMT -5
Michael, beware of the Queensland Blue. It's an absolutely lovely colour, but it's vine is rampant! Last summer, I had one that grew 23 metres! Hence the jokes on my poll about needing the extra garden space to grow pumpkin vines!
Post by bluelacedredhead on Apr 10, 2009 8:20:59 GMT -5
Oooooo, a couple of interesting developments on the koanga.org site! Thanks Grunt
First of course, the Iron Bark, which looks to Me to be of the Futsu family? Secondly, for those who have been following the English Marrow discussion, at the bottom of the Koanga page, they comment on Marrow and how they have become very scarce due to the influx of Courgettes(Zucchini). Michael, did you notice that?
And lastly, Flowerpower, take a good look at the butternut type Chuck's Winter Squash. I wonder if that's what this humongous thing is that I just sent you seed for?? Research Department...I'm on my way...
Post by bobinthebul on Aug 18, 2010 14:36:38 GMT -5
Is anyone growing Iron Bark this year? I'd love to try it next year, it's really a beautiful thing! It does look superficially like a Futsu, however Futsu is a moschata and Iron Bark is a maxima (the corky straight stem with no flare where it enters the body is a giveaway).
I've been meaning to try it for a number of years but there are always so many to try. My grandmother grew it when I was a child but I don't remember anything about the flavour. I wasn't keen on squash back then.
Ray Gardening in slightly alkaline clay at 1000m near the 30th south parallel with 150 frost free days.