Do you have a compost heap? This is perfect if you want to grow pumpkins, because they thrive here. How about e.g. times with the butternut squash?Butternut squash tastes nutty-buttery
The butternut squash belongs to the musk squash and resembles the pear in its appearance. It has an orange meat, which has a delicious aroma. It tastes slightly nutty and buttery and can not only be cooked, but also eaten raw. The mature specimen weighs up to a kilo and can be easily planted in the garden. Provided that you note a few important points.
The cultivation of the butternut squash
Pumpkin plants are relatively easy to grow in the garden. They are not very demanding and are therefore also suitable for inexperienced gardeners. It is important that you pay attention to the following factors:
- Pumpkins are sensitive to frost - therefore no sowing before the ice saints
- they need a nutrient-rich soil with compost or humus
- they should be brought up in pots from April
Advancing pumpkins in a pot at the end of April has the advantage that you can put whole plants in the garden by the end of May. This makes it possible to bring the harvest time a little forward. It is also possible to completely pull the butternut squash in a saucepan. However, it is advisable to move the plant to a larger pot as soon as the cotyledons are visible.
You have various options for planting outdoors. Many gardeners rely on the compost heap as the location because the butternut squash finds the best conditions and soil conditions here. Raised beds, greenhouses or ordinary beds are also suitable.
This is how butternut squash is sown
For sowing, use your own dried pumpkin seeds or seeds from the trade. Simply put the seeds in the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. Pour the soil on and keep the soil moist. You can tell whether the seeds are sprouting after about a week. Now the first seedlings are formed.
Important: the plant must not dry out
The greatest danger when sowing butternut squash is that the plant dries out. The pumpkin always needs a moist floor, but it must not be waterlogged. Therefore, water regularly and as close as possible to the ground.