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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:48 pm    Post subject: Butternut squashs Reply with quote

Hi folks

I am going to give butternut squash a try this year. I dont have a tunnel but I do have a sunny spot with well fed manured soil.

Has any one had success with butternut squash ?

Any tips/ tricks to offer ?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grow a variety of squash. I plant the seeds in small pots in the beginning of April and leave them until the second set of leaves is set . They are moved to the little plastic shelter (from Lidl) after being transplanted into bigger pots. After the last frost 2nd week in may I transplant them in the garden.

Slugs just LOVE the squash. So take care when the plants are young and take care when fruit is starting to set and above all take care when the fruit is swelling out. Basically you can stop being vigilant of slugs once the squash has been harvested.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I have heard you may have to pollinate between the male and female flowers on the squash plants with a small paintbrush as sometimes the insects can be slow to do so. You could always plant a few flowering bedding plants around the squash to attract the natural pollinators in.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard one of thye best places to grow them is on top of a well rotten compost or dung heap. Supposed to drive them mental. Watch for slugs as well, meant to be buggers.
Lots of info on growing them here http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1953.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you SB. Janelee and import.

Seems certainly possible to grow in ireland then , I thought glass house conditions might be necessary.

Interesting about the slugs, I had not encountered that before.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find pollination to be OK. Squash bears 2 sexes of flowers. The male flowers is normally born close to the origin of the plant while female flowers is born on the vines. I live in an estate and there is plenty of bees and the likes around. But then I have fruit trees as well, that may attract them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have noticed in the shops now that there are several varieties of butternut squash available.

Any one have any particular good experiences with ?

or recommend one in particlar ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael, I grow gem squash - Rondini is a minature variety, ripening in 100 days from planting, however being in Ireland I find that to be 120 to 150 days. Emerals is a larger variety - very tasty also 100 days.Smile Rolet ripens in 90 days from planting - Ireland about 120 days.

Try this website for a variety of squash seeds:
http://www.kcb-samen.ch/shop/?language=en
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planted some squash seeds into the propagaor a few days agao, they were Suttons Avalon I think. . THese squash burst out of the pots are are racing upwards, overtaking some tomatoes and lettuce that area alos germinating there. The plantlings appear very strong and sturdy, I just cannot get over how fast they came up .

I am going to put some into a greenhouse just to see what happens and follow imposrts advice to plant out in may.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi folks,
just wondering how ye got on with the squashes? I have 2 butternut squashes planted in my garden and there are masses of leaves but no flowers yet. Would I be right in thinking that my ship has sailed for this year?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI Fiachra

well this was my first year attempting butternut squash. Once the potaotoe stalks were cleared due to blight, the butternuts took off stretching 8-10 feet. I grew quite a few and now they dominate the plot (as they are one of a few remainig vegs), I have re-orientated them for each one to catch the maximum light. I was surprised the other day, when weeding, to discover a butternut squash growing on the vines, its about the sze of a half litre milk carton, i then discovered three or four smaler one developing. However most of the other squash plants have swollen areas under the tips which suggets they will develop into squashes. quite a few have no signs of anything. Harvesting is mid to late october so there is time to go yet. Also keep teh soil moist ( no problem at the moment !!)

I would not give up yet. It aint over till the Squah lady sings .
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

polinating by hand


http://mandysmunchies.blogspot.com/2009/08/pollinating-butternut-squash-by-hand.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael,
My squashs are also on a mission to take over the planet but just masses of leaves. did you get flowers ?
Did the blight get all your spuds?
I have been lucky with mine but it's my first year growing spuds. I used the homemade nettle fertiliser and planted some marigolds in the middle of the potatoes. Maybe this helped.Having said that I haven't dug up the maincrop yet so hopefully they will be ok.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep my potatoes are over for this year, I got some flowers. When i reexamined yesterday after reading the article, i disocvered that i realy only had 1 strong fruit. the others were like the pictures of poorly germinated fruits.

so next year i hope to pollinate more
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