I'm a good southern boy, although I lack much of an accent, so all I really know of squash is the summer varieties. The joys of 'where the hell are we going to put all of this zucchini? I'm so sick of this stuff!' should be familiar to most of us who've grown it, and I think the half dozen plants I have going should get me close to that point this summer. These squashes do so well for me here, even producing in the opressive heat of late July and August. Believe it or not, but I've only recently tried winter squash! Within the last year or so. There's a big patch of dried out clay and sand available in my back yard, and I have a mountain of compost and rotted goat manure available, so I thought I'd try my hand at growing some. So my questions here are: 1. Is it too late to plant in Zone 9b? Can they take the heat? 2. There is a wild curcurbit growing in my area and I find myself pulling it up every year. I have cucumbers as well. How far apart should the plants be to avoid cross pollination if I plan on saving seed? 3. What varieties would work best for my area? I kind of want to grow this 'Marina di Chioggia' I've been hearing about. Thanks!