Butternut Squash

Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

I have a new raised bed to grow squash and courgette in.

I have grown courgette last year but never squash.I take it it is the same principle but how much space do the plants need?

How many would I get in my bed with 2 plants of 2 different varieites of courgette. The butternut squash is 'Harrier'

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,475

    Hi Matty, all squash take up a lot of room and trail, usually to about 3 or 4m, but Harrier is supposed to be more bushy than the varieties I've personally grown.  If you are short on space, you can train them up a trellis or strong net etc, but best if that is set at an angle rather than vertical as the fruit become very heavy and can pull the plant away from the support.  In the UK we need a pretty good summer to get more than one or two squash per butternut plant, so fingers crossed!  The further south you are, the more likely you will get a good crop.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Hi Bob, Bed is 8ft x 4ft would I manage 2 squash in that if I wrapped them around say half and half, But then i suppose I wouldn't manage cougette - what do you think?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,623

    Hi I grew butternut squash for the first time last year - not the best year to try them image

    However, in all that dank wetness we had two decent fruits from two plants which I thought was a triumph, all things considered.  I planted them in the edge of my veg plot and grew them up two of these sort of things http://www.harrodhorticultural.com/tomato-cage-plant-support-pid8358.html (but I didn't pay that price for them!) tying them in with strips of old tights.

    Good luck!image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    That cage looks good. Did you get yours off the internet?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,475

    Matty, I'd try one at each end and put a courgette in the middle.  Bung as much compost as you can spare in the planting holes as that really helps.

    Well done, Dove - a great result considering last year's weather!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Thanks for your help both- that would make some sense rather than putting courgettes either end.

    Plenty of compost at present as not started on my first time garden compost bin yet but is ready to use. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,623
    Matty2 wrote (see)

    That cage looks good. Did you get yours off the internet?

    No, I have a card at a local Wyevale, and I had some vouchers too, and they had a double discount day so I grabbed a few image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • spring Jeanspring Jean Posts: 18

    Can you grow butternut squash in a tub and let it trail down onto the patio?

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Might try that spring jean,have very large pot which is broken around the edge,may put one of my plants in that.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,475

    The larger the tub the better - they need huge amounts of water once they get going.  I'd say at least anything less than 40cm diameter would be too small.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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