Butternut pumpkin (also known as butternut squash) is one of my favorite vegetables to roast.
Cooking this vegetable in the oven brings out the sweetness in it. It looks as though it will be the star of my vegetable garden this year!
The skin and flesh of butternut pumpkins are like other pumpkins, which makes them perfect for carving into unusual designs. See my tips for carving pumpkins here.
An added bonus is that this variety of squash is thought to be resistant to squash bugs which can devastate a garden.
Butternut Pumpkin will be a major player in my garden this year.
The patch is enormous now (mid June), has huge flowers growing in it which are really attracting the bees, and has so many small butternuts growing that I am sure to get a huge harvest of them this year. (no sign yet of the acorn squashes.
Growing Butternut Pumpkins
- They need rich, warm and fertile soil. I amended mine with lots of compost.
- Plant a few seeds in each hole about a foot apart. I grow mine on a mound so that the vines drape over it a bit and are easier to manage.
- Water regularly to keep evenly moist.
- Add more organic matter as they start to grow.
- When you harvest, allow a small piece of the stem to stay attached
- Butternut pumpkin has a long growing time until harvest. Plant it early to make sure that you will have ripe fruits before first frost.
- Store the butternut squash in a single layer in a room with a temp of between 50-55 degrees F. You can can, freeze or use them fresh. They will keep for months if stored this way.