As I have discussed in the past, I have a problem with squash bugs. I hate them, they hate me--we're not friends.
So when I saw a variety of squash advertised as extremely squash bug resistant, I took the bait. Our "trombone squash" was growing middling well, until we were gone camping for a few days.
When we got back, I walked out to the chicken coop to check for eggs. I couldn't get to the coop without wading through the vines.
This trombone squash is HUGE. It's growing up the fence, the coop, into the cucumber bed, into the sunflowers. And it's dropping new roots into the ground rapidly as it goes.
I know I need to keep it in check at least somewhat, but there's a part of me suffering from perverse curiosity--just how big will this thing get? Would it cover the chicken coop? Could it make its way to the house? Would it eat Moe if we let it?
I did finally trim it back a little yesterday, and as I did I noticed two or three squash bugs. While I chopped them in half with my pruning sheers out of habit, there was much less vindictiveness in my heart than usual. They'd need quite a few brothers and sisters to even put a dent in this plant.