What are the pros? crazy robust, can use mature
What are the cons? takes a while to mature here
This is the second year growing Tatume. This year, my garden was utterly wiped out by grasshoppers. Fortunately, a single Tatume seed didn't germinate then. It germinated with the monsoon rains in July, and as I'd given up on the garden by then, I didn't even care for it (at all!!) for about three weeks. By then, it was August and it was starting to run some vines. I began to give it some water then, but I probably did not supplement by more than 12 gallons over the next eight weeks (!!). By early October, it had fourteen POUNDS of squashes at various sizes on it. If squash is a little too large to use as zucchini, simply split, take out the seeds and guts, and roast. I promise it will come out just fine. You can even wait (well, if you start it early enough and you have a long fall as I did in 2017) and harvest when fully orange, and it is delicious as a winter squash, too. This one has earned a permanent place in my garden.
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