They include courgettes (which can either grow as bush varieties or vine-like climbers), pattypan, (sometimes known as flying saucer squash), crookneck, cousa, ronde de Nice and many others.
Winter squash and pumpkins have a hard and mature shell which means they can last for many months, over the whole winter if you’re lucky. The problem with all these beauties is that they are greedy for nutrients and take up a lot of space – something we urban gardeners don’t usually have much of. Hence the beauty of growing them vertically.
Here’s a simple version of a fancy tunnel. They’ve chosen a small variety of pumpkin which does not need support, anything bigger and you have to use netting or tights to give them a helping hand.
Have a look at the internet for inspiration but don’t bite off more than you can chew!