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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 8:21 am    Post subject: Butterenut squash Reply with quote

This is a totally new plant to me. Feedign my child has introduced me to the fruit and I thought I would try some. They are growing fine in my polytunnel so far but I know nothing of how they should be taken care of. Can anyone offer any advice?

Do they need feed, much water? Climbers or ground based?
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I grew them outdoors last year and they produced several squashes that stored really well. They are ground spreaders that spread quite vigorously as they grew, about 1-2m from where they were planted. However, you can cut back the growing shoots to about a metre to stop them spreading across your other plants. They do like lots of organic matter and to be well watered in my experience. When I plant mine I dig a hole a cubic foot in size and fill it with good compost or manure before refilling the whole with the soil, mixing the 2 together and plant the squash on to of the resulting mound. One of my outdoors ones already have a small fruit on it.

I think they are really worth growing and make great soup!!!

Conor
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super, thanks for the advice!
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