Butternut is one of the sweet vegetables especially if cooked well. If you go to events like wedding, party, graduation or even funeral you will find butternut as one of the vegetables that will be served on the dish. Many people eat butternut together with rice and other things that can give the rice a special taste because it ulis uncommon to find a person eating rice alone without adding other things.
In order to grow butternut squash you will need to fertilize three times throughout the growing season. They are heavy feeders and require a good amount of a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer to help it while young, and then a fertilizer low in nitrogen when fruiting.
Butternut squash seeds will only germinate in warm soil, so it's best to plant through summer. The butternut growing season is approximately 110 to 120 days for fruit maturation. Thus if your season is a bit short you can start the seeds indoors and direct them outside once the weather warms up.
Butternut squash should be planted no earlier than 2 weeks after the last expected frost in your area. They can be planted up until 12 weeks or so before the first expected frost in the fall. It's possible to grow two butternut squash crops in a single year in warmer climates.
It is best to choose a quiet time of day when the plant has the most time to recover before facing full sunshine. Late afternoon is particularly advantageous during hot weather since hours of hot sun immediately after planting can exacerbate the slight wilting caused by transplant shock.
Butternut squash is an abundant source of powerful antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene. Antioxidants help prevent or slow cellular damage and reduce inflammation which may reduce your risk of several chronic diseases.
To grow butternut squash indoors, you'll need to start about six weeks before the last frost in your area. Plant as you would most vegetables in good soil in a sunny window or greenhouse and transplant to the garden after all danger of frost is past. Please remember to harden off the seedlings before transplanting.
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