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Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

 Waltham Butternut Squash Seeds (Winter Type) 2260. Heirloom Vegetable.

An excellent squash, weighing on average 1.5-2.3 kg (3.5-5 lbs). Creamy-yellow coloured fruit has a small seed cavity and a bulbous end with solid, smooth skin and deep orange flesh. A large, vigorous growing vine and heavy producer. The already great taste will improve with storage.

How to Grow

Squash are a hot weather crop. They need full sun and deep, rich, well drained, organic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting, work in lots of compost. Directly plant seed outdoors from late May to mid June 2.5 cm (1″) deep in hills 2.4 m (8′) apart with 4-6 seeds per hill. After germination, thin to 3 plants per hill. Seed can be started indoors 3 weeks before the plant out date. Squash do not transplant well–use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. Protect mature squash from frost and cold temperatures.

Planting: As peas prefer cool growing conditions and will tolerate light frosts, they may be planted as soon as the ground can be worked and will germinate in a wide range of soil temperatures (4-24 degrees C). Sow seed 1 to 11⁄2 inches deep, 1-2 inches apart in double rows spaced 3-6 inches apart with 24 inches between the next double row. All peas, including dwarf types, are natural climbers; more productive, and not as susceptible to rot, if given some support or planted along a fence or trellis. Seed is offered in both treated and untreated; if using untreated seed, avoid planting in cold, wet, poorly aerated soils, as you risk losing the seed to rot.

Growing: Full sun to partial shade with soil pH of 6.0-7.0. Light feeders require a well-drained, rich and sandy soil. Work organic matter, including rotted manure or compost into the soil for best results. An application of garden inoculant, either to the soil or to the seeds themselves before planting, can be very beneficial. Even soil moisture is essential especially during flowering and pod set. Use mulch to conserve moisture and keep weeds down.

Harvest: Harvest when pods are young and tender. Pick regularly to promote continued production.

Pests & Diseases: Prevent root rot and other plant diseases by regular crop rotation.

Companions: Carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, early potato, radish, spinach, pepper, turnip.

Sowing Rate: Approx. 125g is required to seed a 30-35 foot row. Seed 100-150 feet per acre.

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