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Butternut squash - what to do with under ripe ones (etc)?

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:07

The last ones look OK to harvest. Leave some stem on them and put them on a sunny windowsill for a week or two before storing in a cool dark place. Some of the smaller ones look as though they would do better left on the plant a bit longer. But have you any idea what the weather will be like? If there is a risk of hard frosts they won't make it outside. If the forecast is mild I'd leave them, you could wrap them in horticultural fleece. It is getting a bit late in the season. If you feel they are borderline then they may finish ripening on a sunny windowsill.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:52

I agree with Verdun. I find the programme, especially now it is 1 hour long, is varied and there are several presenters. I enjoy all of it, even the bits that don't concern my gardening style and tastes. Give the poor man a break everyone - he can't please all the people all the time! I think, on the whole, he does a good job.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:43

Pat lives in New South Wales where the climate is more temperate and wetter than other parts. But Pat lives in or near the mountains where it gets much colder in winter.

Is this a butternut squash plant?!? (And how to care for it...)

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 22:09

I think it looks ready. You can cut it off and store it in a cool dry place.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 17:47

Wanted to finish planting my pots but it rained too much.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 16:07

Forecast was mild and pleasant with sunny periods but it has poured. Glad I didn't put the washing out.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 14:49

Obelixx, I'm surprised you say no Glyphosate in France. They sell it here and the ban wasn't to be until until 2022. More recently the news is that only Glyphosate containing Tallowamine is to be banned.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:22

I remember Peter West commentating on Come Dancing, before Terry Wogan. I loved the dresses then.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:12

Dai the Lawn, that happened with my 2 funnel paraffin heater, then it started making soot and I just couldn't adjust it properly so I bought another. Always a bit of hassle, but I didn't have an electricity  supply to the GH. Then, some years ago, I met 2nd OH and he arranged an electricity supply and gave me a small heater. It's so much easier.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:03

Feeling drained and headachey. Family dispute yesterday.

Your winter interest area sounds a lovely idea Obelixx.

Glad you enjoyed your visit DD.

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