Are you thinking deeply about how to grow butternut squash? I’ve got you exactly. Today I’m here to aid you providing some easy steps and then you’ll be clear about how to grow butternut squash, cultivation and harvesting method.
First to say about it
Butternut squash, as you know, is one of the best known vegetables (typically a fruit as well) to grow. Get ready at autumn to grow some butternut squash which has thin skin along with a dense and sweet orange flesh.
I think you know why you need to grow that. It’s a multiple usage. You can roast it or smash as a compliment of potato. Again some people like me, will prepare soups. In short, you can use this according to your choice. Why won’t you do so when it provides large amount of vitamin A and a less amount of carbohydrates?
Steps to follow growing butternut squash
Take a pot not more than 7 cm and fill it with compost that must be peat-free. It is needless to say again that your plan must be in April. Just sow two seeds per pot as you need a choice when the seedlings will come out. Transfer the seedlings into a bigger one when they are young enough to handle. Finally plant them into the fertile soil at the first week of May. Be careful about protecting your plants from snails and slugs. Keep watering regularly and ensure food in every week at the time they start flowering. Never forget that they are very hungry in nature.
Keep your eyes on that no leaf can cover the young squash. Remove them so that it can ripen fully. Of course you’ll consider to lift the fruits off the level land onto a coil of straw or bricks to ripen.
How to sow the seeds of butternut squash
As I say before, sow two or three seeds in a pot as you must be a chooser when the seedling will come out. Select the best one and uproot the rest. Take care of them until they are mature enough to be planted outdoor in a fertile and well prepared bed at the first week on May.
Are you a little bit worried about sowing them outdoor? Relax, it’s also pretty easy and of course fruitful. The soil needs to be well prepared and fertile. To ensure fertility, apply plenty of well-rotted organic dung.
Some important verities to try
The largest fruit of such species can reach up to 1.2 kg. this kind has earned the prestige of RHS Award of Garden Merit. Also you can store it for a long period of time.
A popular species specially bred for growing in UK, is very popular. Such a kind has also earned the prestige of RHS. Can have a maximum weight of 1 kg.
Are you thinking about something exceptional having good flavor, rich yields and a best resistance of some diseases like powder mildew? I’ve got you. Then, think of waldo. They are really awesome having a minimum weight of 500 gm to 1 kg. they are really easy to store for at least three months and very testy for higher sugar content and sweet flavor.
Think about a green-stripped squash having rich orange flesh. I’m sure you’ve imagined Barbra. They are also popular variety and can be mature from August to October.
To tend your butternut squash
Ensure the cleanliness of your land and keep the plants weed free. Feed continuously through the growing season and never forget that they are very hungry plants. To ensure the fitness and health of your plants, you can apply liquid fertilizer. They will start producing fruit around 15 weeks from the sowing period.
How to harvest squash
Do you know how to harvest such squash for a long time? Don’t worry as I’m here to aid you in this regard. Butternut squash can be preserved for a long time if they are left on the vine as long as possible. Don’t forget to make sure that they have been harvested early of the first frost. The storing period will rely on the maturity of the fruits and the space where you will store them. It sores well for a long time in cold and dry place. So, can you think of any other useful winter vegetable to grow beside butternut squash?