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JPCJPC Posts: 26

Growing butternut squash for the first time this year all looks good, would be grateful for any tips ref leave them on the ground to fruit or as I have been told you can train them up netting like melons.......many thanks

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  • JPCJPC Posts: 26

    Hi Philippa, many thanks for reply did you get any better results by growing them upwards?? or not much difference to leaving them on the ground.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    The only thing i would say is if they are already quite well grown, it could be quite difficult to get them where you want them now, you risk damaging the plants.



    Ive never put anything under the fruits, but many people use bricks or anything really to stop the fruit being in contact with the ground, as soon as the fruits start to mature the skin gets tougher and tougher, once they are quite big there isnt much that will trouble them image
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    Too right bekkie!  Even my sharpest kitchen knife has a hard time slicing a mature squash in half - the rubber mallet often comes in handy to get it started! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Believe it or not, ive NEVER eaten one! Grow them every year(ish), not much of a cook, so give them away! image
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    You must try one - easiest is roasting, just slice, a touch of seasoning and bung in the oven for 45 minutes or so - no proper cooking skills required and you won't believe how tasty they are!  If you like soup you can do exactly the same then liquidise them. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im growing butterbush for the first time this year, will give it a go image



    Thanks Bob image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I am a dreadful cook! But quite successful at growing squash! Will give it a go, i promise, just frightened of doing the wrong thing i think image
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