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Squash 'Early Butternut'

One of the tastiest squash you can grow with rich, waxy orange flesh. Brilliant for soups and roasted in the oven, and can be stored throughout winter.
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5 seedlings

20 seeds (organic)

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Edible Crop
Position
Kitchen Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Height
45cm (18in), but will trail/climb up to 4.5m (15ft)
Common name
Butternut Squash
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
1.8m (6ft) - Trailing
Cultivation
Soak/soften seed to speed up germination, then sow on their edge 2.5cm deep in individual pots. Once they have 5-6 leaves, harden off and plant out after the last frosts. Sow direct from mid-May.

Description

One of the tastiest squash you can grow with rich, waxy orange flesh. It's expensive to buy in the shops, so far better to grow your own.

These vining vegetables can grow to a huge 4.5m or more. For best results, once growth reaches about 1.2m in length, pinch out the tips and eat them (dipped into tempura batter and fried or delicious in an omelette). This will help curb the spread and prevent fruit from dropping while still tiny.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Care Tips

Water well, and avoid the plant becoming dry. Mulch well, and dig in plenty of manure. Will need a frame to climb up. It is important to pinch out the triffid-like growth tips once they reach 1.8m and to keep doing so! This helps the fruit to set.