Growing Calendar for Squash Hunter Seeds
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According to the breeder, Hunter is ‘The result of a decade of selection for growing in UK conditions'.
It is very hardy and will grow as far North as Lancashire!
Maturing up to four weeks earlier than most, it has a more compact, open habit with slightly smaller fruit and an excellent flavour.
It is a good storage variety.
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I'd set myself a bit of a challenge - I wanted to grow my favourite veg - BNS - in NE Scotland. I stared them off early inside and transferred them outside when it warmed up. I grew one plant in an old rusty wheelbarrow and let it romp down some old railways sleeper steps to great effect and success. I plan on growing lots more this year, they store so well and are so tasty.
This has been a consistently succesful crop for me and even won first prize in our local horticultural show this year. Have found that they grow extremely well when trained up a wigwam of canes - useful when space is short. I know I am in the south, but the past two summers have been very poor and they have still cropped very heavily and kept well in a cool garage for many months.
I live on the coast in the North West of England and was unsure if I would be able to grow Butternut Squash, but the catalogue stated that this variety would growth as far north as Lancashire (!), so I gave it a try and have had great success! Superb fruits and excellent flavour. A must!
The perfect Butternut Squashes. Stores well.
Sow Indoors: March-May 1½in (4cm) deep in individual pots of pre watered compost. Keep soil moist at all times. Temperature 65-70F (18-21C).
Sow Outdoors: May-June 1½in (4cm) deep, in required harvest postion in well manured soil in the sunniest part of the garden.
Plant Out: May-June. Harden off young plants before planting out in the required harvest position 36in(90cm) apart when risk of frost has passed.
Grow On: Leave strongest plants to mature watering copiously in dry summers. Pinch out the tips of the main shoot at 24in (61cm) water the soil not over the plant.
Advice on how to plant bare roots.
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