Gardening With Butternut Squash
With its sweet, nutty taste, butternut squash is among those popular winter squash varieties that are also rich in nutrients. Gardening with butternut squash is both easy and rewarding if you follow just a few basic steps. Butternut squash cultivation takes up a great deal of space in the home gardening. Each hill should have at least fifty square feet for growing. Butternut squash seeds can send out vines up to 15 feet long. Fertilize well throughout the butternut squash growing season. Regular feeding will produce the most abundant crop as will keeping the hills weed free. Butternut squash cultivation should be done by hand or with a hoe. Don’t cultivate too deeply since the roots are shallow. Watch carefully for bugs and when the need arises, use insecticidal soap or apply insecticides in the evening when the bees have returned to the hive since bees are essential to growing butternut squash successfully.
Your squash will be ready for harvesting when the skin turns hard and is difficult to pierce with your thumbnail. Butternut squash can be roasted or boiled and makes a particularly tasty substitute for pumpkin in pie. Once you know ways to gardening butternut squash, the possibilities are endless and your neighbors and friends will appreciate sharing your bounty.