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Butternut Squash – Cucurbita Moschata

To date I have fifteen Butternut Squash seedlings potted up. These seeds were saved from a shop bought squash, left to dry out and then chitted between damp kitchen towel kept moist in a plastic food box. They germinated really quickly and by the time I potted them up they were already showing secondary root hairs and searching for nutrients. I may pot a couple of these up at home but the majority are destined to go to the allotment. Sown another fifteen germinated seeds today 15th Feb. I can’t see them all reaching maturity but there are still many chitted seeds left. I wish I knew  someone who needed some.

Butternut squash also known as gramma is a winter squash that grows on a vine. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin.  It has tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp with a compartment of seeds in the bottom. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. It is a good source of fibre, magnesium and potassium. It is also a source of vitamins C, A & E.

Melons and Lemons

Today I have sown seeds of Melon Minnesota Midget, Melon Sugar Baby and Melon Honeydew, eight of each. I tried the Minnesota Midget last year but found that they ran out of summer too soon. The plant grew and thrived and even set fruit but they were too late in the season to mature. Thats why I am sowing early this year and going to put them under cover. This morning I have sown 24 Busy Lizzie seeds in a modular propagator tray and they are now sitting on the window ledge. I have often bought these from the garden centre as small plants but have never grown them from seed. I haven’t seen this particular variety before. They were bought from Alan Romans at 50p for 85 seeds.

melon sugar baby

citrus tuscan lemon

 

 

 

 

Last season one of the most exciting things we grew was the Avalon Butternut Squash but just like the melons it suffered from not having a long enough growing season so today I have sown five seeds in a four inch pot in damp compost and enclosed in a polythene bag and they are now sitting in my plastic greenhouse which is in my computer room here so I can mollycoddle them well.

avalon butternut squash

Squash:Winter:Avalon F1Hybrid
A superb variety of compact Butternut Squash. Early to ripen, and with a rich sweet orange flesh, Avalon is perfect for baking and roasting. The fruits will also store well, for up to 6 months. Harvest August onwards Cut and store before frosts. 
Sow April to May in 3in pots at 68-86F on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Apply a layer of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination which takes 5-10 days

 

Avalon – Butternut Squash

roasted butternut squash

Last night I cut up and roasted the first half of the butternut squash and we really enjoyed it. I was surprised to find that there were no seeds inside but was very pleased that we had found something new that we could grow again and enjoy eating. I understand that you can make a nice soup out of them too and look forward to trying that when we have enough which will probably be this time next year. Only one plant survived this year and only two fruit on that. We  cut the last pumpkin today and kept it ourselves having given the other two away. We also cut the other butternut squash and a decent cabbage. I managed yet again to pick enough runner beans for a meal. Rob sowed the last of this year’s broad bean seeds over on plot 18.