Organic Squash: Butternut. Citrullus lanatus.
The traditional butternut squash we all know and love. It will be good for the more experienced grower and it will benefit from being grown undercover, you’ll get more fruits. Saying that it is perfectly feasible here in NI, i’d no bother a lot of years ago in my makeshift greenhouse/tunnel construction.
How to grow:
Sow seeds in pots on heat in April/May. Grow on till there are three true leaves then plant in the ground inside when there’s no chance of a frost. Ripening in September. Growing in a greenhouse/polytunnel or a warm spot in a walled garden is recommended. Grow in dry conditions but keep well watered, preferably from below.
Keep slugs off when young. Hot and dry on top, wet soil underneath. The usual mildew problems if the leaves get too wet, put dry straw underneath the runners to keep them off the soil if it’s damp. Good ventilation is helpful and just nip off any badly affected leaves.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Harvest the day you want to eat them.
This creeping vine in the cucurbitaceae family originates from India, cultivated for 1,000’s of years.
Avg contents: 20 seeds.