What are the pros? Hardy, pest-free, delicious
What are the cons? early to mature = early to die
It's the end of April and my Yellow Crooknecks are already almost fully grown and will soon be setting. These plants are powerhouses!!
They are very large non-vining plants, about as big around as a trashcan lids, 15-18in' tall. Their close, salad plate-sized leaves shade out any and all grass and weeds. Plant them in beds within 2 feet of each other, and you won't even need to put weed barrier under them.
Their 'fruits' have a very mild, sweet, nutty flavor, and are good fried, or added to soups and stews.
I've been growing these for years, and have never had a problem with pests or diseases.
The only thing I dislike about them is that they are rather short lived. They produce for a few weeks and then are gone by the time the dog days of summer set in. However, they produce in *massive* quantities! Be careful - you'll be eating squash with every meal if you plant too many.
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