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CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

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Update!

Post  Megan on 10/1/2010, 7:59 pm

Okay, I have gone back through this thread and summarized guesses to date in this spreadsheet. Come on, folks, you have until Monday night! cheers

Guesses so far!

If I missed anyone, please let me know. Thanks all for making this so much fun. Very Happy


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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Furbalsmom on 10/1/2010, 8:25 pm

Megan, I think you should set up the Rampicante Ramp per Acara's idea, then aim at %$^&*(those who shall remain nameless)
My guess is 287 feet.

By the way, was their problem just the rampaging rampicante, or the whole idea of a vegetable garden in the front yard?
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Megan on 10/1/2010, 8:35 pm

I think it was the whole front yard thing. But knowing them... who knows. I have grown both tomatoes and squash in the front yard before with no censure. Granted the rampicante got much bigger than I ever dreamed it would, and in all fairness, it wouldn't do for everyone's yard to look like that. But they should have warned us first before sending a certified letter...
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Retired Member 1 on 10/1/2010, 8:44 pm

@Megan wrote:I think it was the whole front yard thing. But knowing them... who knows. I have grown both tomatoes and squash in the front yard before with no censure. Granted the rampicante got much bigger than I ever dreamed it would, and in all fairness, it wouldn't do for everyone's yard to look like that. But they should have warned us first before sending a certified letter...

I can't believe they would complain about such a lush looking plant! If it were here in Texas, you'd be the town star, with photos in the local newspaper. Was this just one plant?

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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Retired Member 1 on 10/1/2010, 8:48 pm

I'm going with 58 feet. I can't believe you had to pull it while it was still blooming!

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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Megan on 10/1/2010, 8:54 pm

belfrybat wrote:
I can't believe they would complain about such a lush looking plant! If it were here in Texas, you'd be the town star, with photos in the local newspaper. Was this just one plant?

Yes ma'am. That was just one squash plant. (There is a pumpkin but the vine is less than 2 feet long.) I am sad, too. I pulled close to a couple dozen blossoms with a hope of eating them, but given the huge climate changes we've had in the last day or so, I don't think they will last. Lots of little (and BIG Shocked ) rampicante fruits, though.... and a whole bunch of lima beans as well.
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Re: Rampicant vines

Post  trustinhart on 10/1/2010, 9:24 pm

What a fun idea Megan,! at least they waited until the fall before lowering the boom

92', 6"
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  camprn on 10/1/2010, 10:15 pm

It's killin' me! How long? H o w l o n g ?
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Retired Member 1 on 10/2/2010, 9:14 am

I'm changing my guess since I realised this includes all stems, not just the main one (yeah, I know -- read the fine print!). 123 feet.

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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Megan on 10/3/2010, 8:05 pm

Monday's the last day for guesses, everyone! I'll post results Monday night. Good luck!
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My guess

Post  ander217 on 10/3/2010, 8:20 pm

I have no clue, but I'll go with 126'.

Did they tell you which regulation you were in violation of? No offense to your neighbors, but from what I could see of their yards in your photos, I'd take your bountiful, full-of-life yard any day over their sterile-looking plots.

You can't keep a SFG'er down. I predict your garden will be better than ever next year.
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Dunkinjean on 10/3/2010, 8:56 pm

99' Very Happy
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  chocolatepop on 10/4/2010, 12:46 pm

97, such a waste. Stupid HOA
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Contest ends tonight!

Post  Megan on 10/4/2010, 4:48 pm

Thanks folks! Any more takers? We've got about 3 hours left. flower
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Old Hippie on 10/4/2010, 5:18 pm

If it isn't too late I will guess 222 feet.

What a shame you had to take it down. I can see if they said, don't do this next year but to have to take it out right away. By all means fire the "torpedoes" at their houses, heads, cars or whatever.

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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Megan on 10/4/2010, 5:27 pm

Yes, it really does stink and what kills me the most is that it wasn't done yet. I've had some luck with forcing the peppers to mature, at least. But thank you! (And cut-off is at 8pm EST tonight.)
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  boffer on 10/4/2010, 7:43 pm

Isn't it close enough to the time to go ahead and announce the winner?! Wink
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Megan on 10/4/2010, 7:45 pm

I'm not making you stay up past your bedtime, am I? Smile
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And the winners ARE....

Post  Megan on 10/4/2010, 8:19 pm

It took me quite a while to cut that monster plant up into measurable portions!

Total length: 272 feet, 2 inches (82.9 meters)
That includes the 15" that actually attacked the house and grew up between the framing and the siding! affraid There were actually 4 tiny light-starved fruit growing inside the siding... oh my gosh.

Winners! cheers

1st place: Furbalsmom @ 287'
2nd place: Blackrose @ 253'
3rd place: Wyldflower @ 317'


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Thank you very much, EVERYONE, for making this so much fun. Love ya for it! BIG hug
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Garden Angel on 10/4/2010, 8:23 pm

Wow ! congrats to the winners ! this was fun ! and thanks Megan for doing all that work !


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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  boffer on 10/4/2010, 8:24 pm

golly gee whiz golly gee whiz golly gee whiz

congrats winners!
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Chopper on 10/4/2010, 8:28 pm

If I were the HOA I'd be careful what I said around that killer squash...

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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Megan on 10/4/2010, 8:34 pm

If anyone's curious, here's the breakdown.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AvKybWIO3JQGdDExUzVPcm9mNnJhbkJpMENJRkRNdVE&authkey=CLmroJgK&hl=en#gid=0

The longest segment (242") is actually not the longest single vine... I had to cut it up further because it was becoming unmanageable to stretch out for measuring.

The main stem was pierced completely through, about 18" up from the ground. I looked but I didn't see any bugs inside. The interior of the stem looked like it sort of ballooned out into little white pillows inside the lesion, if that makes any sense.

I also noticed that the stems put out secondary roots in at least 4 places where they hit the ground. One of those places was inside my other SFG bed, and that one had significant root development. But what I found striking was that even the original sprouting place, the roots were much smaller than my pole beans or tomatoes.

P.S. I cooked up this contest on my own; it is not sponsored by the SFG foundation.
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Blackrose on 10/4/2010, 8:57 pm

Wow! This was a great idea Megan and so much fun!

way to go thanks
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Re: CONTEST: Guess total vine length of my rampicante squash!

Post  Wyldflower on 10/5/2010, 1:22 am

What fun, Megan! I'm so glad you were able to take the lemons handed to you by the HOA and make lemonade!

I'm surprised that I was one of your winners... Of course, I'd love to have some of your Rampicante seed!!!! see PM for a longer message.

Thanks so much!
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