At last: butternut squash!


After a successful trip into town and a siesta, I felt the impetus to get my new secateurs out and prune the tomato plants some more. Had I not done so, I would eventually have found a fruit on the butternut vine but it certainly wouldn’t have been this afternoon.

I don’t know as yet if it has been fertilised – the flower looks like it has already bloomed – but at least I know there is now a chance I will have some butternut soup from my own garden.

From past experience of growing squash/pumpkins, it would seem the plants need to get to a large size before the female flowers start to appear. I’m not surprised by this, as it must take a lot of energy to grow a fruit. And it’s not the first time that fruit have appeared so late in the season. Still, there approximately two months left for it to grow, which means I could be in for an even bigger pleasure.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to At last: butternut squash!

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    Our delicata squash are forming fruit now, too. I have tried butternut here before, but did not have much luck getting any sizable squash. The delicata variety seems to do quite well here.

  2. skyeent says:

    Ooh, exciting Helen! Fingers crossed for you. If it still looks good in a day or so it should be OK.

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    Congratulations, Helen!

  4. It looks promising, Helen. I know with pumpkins they leaf, then produce several male flowers, and after several feet of vine, the female flowers appear. I was much more relaxed about our crop once I learned that. Keep us posted.

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