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No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:41

I had found that even the later butternuts that had been growing and reached about 5" were looking soft compared to the others.  I could see they weren't going to flourish and snipped them off.  I think it must be natures way once it becomes a bit late in the season.

Look forward to next year Rosemary.  Make an early start but keep everything away from frost or wet/windy weather.  They hate it.  It's a bit like buying extra ripening days at the end of the season, if you can get them started even a few days early.




Posted: 26/08/2013 at 21:10

If you cover your compost heap with an old carpet, I do occasionally in the winter months, it will keep the heat in and help with the rotting.  Grass cuttings generate lots of heat but be careful if you have sprayed your lawn.  Personally, I don't add sprayed clippings for about a month, I don't know that there is a rule on this.  The more you can mix those clippings in with your household peelings the better.  It is better not to add potato peelings, or tomato plants, or offshoots at the end of the season because of disease.  I use a kitchen bin under the sink which is well over a foot high and manage to fill it in a couple of days with veg waste, nothing cooked, and ripped paper waste.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 20:56

Wow! That's some freezer space.  You need to get into the rental market! x


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 12:09

I have frozen in uncooked chunks, Berghill, and used for soups.  I've tried to count and there may be as many as 120, I do share around but likely to not have enough freezer space.  


Many thanks.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 08:38

I've only ever done like you, SwissSue, although I don't think I even wiped them.  I am just curious, though.  They are looking good and beginning to turn colour and I'm thinking they've still got a while to go...


I've been trying to take your good advice about following the stem back to avoid cutting off a squash when pruning long runners not bearing fruits.  However, I have still managed to break off two accidently when thinking I would gently try and rescue them from their precarious position hanging on the edge of the raised bed.  I thought the sleeper might be digging into the skin!  Don't do it!!!  I broke off one yesterday, didn't learn from my mistake, and I've just done another whilst walking my collie. Thanks for your kind reply, SwissSue.  


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 23:19

Find the nest by watching them fly home and get a guy in to destroy it! I disturbed a nest a few weeks ago and got 15 was stings up my t-shirt!


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 23:14

Also, keep a bin especially for the composting scraps in the kitchen.  To this you may add any cardboard which is tearable ie. loo rolls, cereal boxes, envelopes.  These are what are called 'brown', they help to absorb all the liquid that comes off the lawn mowings.  We soon end up with large amounts.  We do keep a couple of ponies and add their muck to the mix.  My husband turns the heaps with a digger!


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 23:11

The more frequent you are able to turn your compost heap during the summer months, the better.  It should feel a bit like a wrung out sponge as it begins to develop, just nicely damp but not saturated.  It might sometimes be necessary to wet it as you turn it, just sprinkle the hose on it.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 23:05

I have been reading of the practice of using a solution of bleach before storage of butternut squash and wonder whether anybody has experience of this, please?

I read that in a paper produced for commercial growers in America, they use a solution of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach.  Other UK kitchen gardeners talk of a couple of tablespoons bleach to a gallon of water.  Apparently, the solution should be used to wipe the butternut squash over, thus aiding in killing off mould spores and hence aiding in the storage.  The butternuts should be left to dry naturally.

I have yet to try the method.  I generally do garden organically.  Many thanks.


Apologies if a version of this post has been posted previously, am not sure whether it got away.

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:27

Sorry, Ging2, I just picked up your earlier thread and see you are not a squash beginner.  Apologies!

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