Dovefromabove, that is so encouraging to know you got a crop even during a bad season, I had read as much but you do wonder...
Italophile, thank you for that information about the comfrey fertiliser. It is going to be too late for me to make for this year but I shall research the leaf for next, definitely. I was up at 6.30 am doing my compost fertiliser as I knew I hadn't got time to get to the garden centre for a look around. The butternuts are probably doing well but their growth is nothing as quick as a month ago. I'm hoping pruning some of the excess growth will help.
Not a huge crop, if I remember correctly it was about 3 or 4 largeish squashes from two plants - but it was a crop - but the weather had been so awful people were telling me to pull them up as I had no chance of getting anything last year.
I also took off and cooked the smaller ones once the weather turned and there was no hope of them ripening - I cut them into quarters lengthwise and sort of braised them with courgettes and onions in olive oil, then wilted some ruby chard into the resulting concoction , added lots of black pepper and parmesan and served with spaghetti - it was fabulous