Butternut squash

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Ma Lowe

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Butternut squash
« on: September 26, 2014, 18:57 »
I have about 12 butternut squashes growing in the garden and have heard the forecast is going to be rather cold tonight with  maybe a threat of frost. I believe that you wait until the foliage dies back before harvesting but I also heard that frosts can damage them.
Do you think it should be ok to leave them a while longer as some of them are still green.  Has anyone harvested theirs yet?

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2014, 19:04 »
Not sure about the frost issue - seems likely - but my butternut got harvested last week as the foliage had all died off so they wern;t going to get any bigger.
My advice would be to get them in - but I'm a bit lessthanknowledgeable about squash.

Hope that helps  ;)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 19:06 »
I'd pick them if they were mine  ;)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 19:08 »
Thanks baldy. My foliage is still looking great so am a bit loath to get them in especially with it not being a firm forecast for frost. I might fleece them instead  :)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2014, 19:09 »
I'd pick them if they were mine  ;)

Didn't see your reply Mum, oh dear what to do what to do. Will wait for hubby to come home at 8pm and decide then  :)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 19:11 »
Kent and Devon - both quite a long way south(er) than you Ma. and we've run scared  ;)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2014, 19:12 »
Realistically - I can't see that you are going to get much more growth from them now given the shortening daylight...

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2014, 19:14 »
Yeah true, ok I will go and get them in the greenhouse for tonight. Will they be ok in there and what about the green ones will they mature ok?

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2014, 19:19 »
Clean them off and put them in some sunshine and they should ripen up.
(Not a squash expert though... MOS will be back in a minute to call my bluff)  ;)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2014, 19:21 »
I leave mine out until mid October, unless frost is forecast (definitely need to get them in before a frost ...)

My foliage is going over, but there is still a bit of life in it, and one or two of the Butternuts are still a bit green in places.

Cut the fruits with several inches of stem either side, like a "T" (but don't carry them by that as it may not be strong enough), then they want to cure in a warm sunny spot - conservatory or greenhouse - for a couple of weeks before storing.

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2014, 19:24 »
Clean them off and put them in some sunshine and they should ripen up.
(Not a squash expert though... MOS will be back in a minute to call my bluff)  ;)

You don't need me to tell you what to do, you are doing ok on your own  :lol:

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2014, 19:27 »
Just been on Met office website and for this area it says there maybe a risk of ground frost in rural areas . I am not in a rural area so do you think it will be safe to leave them as it's getting dark now too  :D

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2014, 19:28 »
Yeah - but I keep reading Surbies's squash comments - I'm "just a child"...  :D

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2014, 19:31 »
Ma - its getting late - if frost is only hitting rural (maybe) then you'll probably get away with it.

If not and your squash get ruined -   I'm guessing that you won't be holidaying in North Devon next year, and any info. I've given about the location of my allotment was a lie, so you'll never find me....  ;)

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Re: Butternut squash
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2014, 19:32 »
I'd pick em soon though..

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Balders



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