How good is that! Thank you Jenny, I'm happy to call that the definitive Cucurbit growing tip. I'm sure you can't get simple, practical advice like this from a Google search (well, hopefully you can now).
I also received this question during the week:
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Older (50's & 60's I guess) seed catalogues made a big deal over the resistance to splitting and cracking of the latest varieties. We see much less of this today because it is generally assumed that this won't be a problem with modern hybrids.
As mentioned cracking is not a disease and the plants are perfectly edible as Deirdre has found. The only problem is that the cracks can provide an entrance for a disease infection so the fruit can go off more quickly. Of course this leads to the old argument over the relative benefits of modern hybrids and their open pollinated predecessors. Keep in mind the breeders of the Heirloom varieties pretty much ignored anything but flavour, hybrids are often accused of ignoring flavour in the search for the benefits of long storage.
OK, that's part one of Deirdre's question. How can crops be rotated if there is only a limited space available for growing. My real expertise is in growing in containers, so this isn't an issue I regularly face. If you have any good suggestions I would love your feedback. Please send me an email or leave a comment on my blog and I'll reward feedback with a tray of vegie seedlings (Um, well that's if I can get them to you. Victoria, Australia works).