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Waltham Butternut Winter Squash

Waltham Butternut Winter Squash

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Waltham Butternut
Cucurbita moschata

85 days — 'Waltham Butternut' squash plants have a vining habit. Their fruit reach seven to nine inches long with a thick neck with a small seed cavity. The rinds mature to light tan color with flesh that is a wonderful, bright orange. 'Waltham Butternut' was an "All-America Selection®" in 1970. Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 35 to 40 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Choose a location that has warm, well-drained and fertile soil. Work in plenty of well composted organic matter and mulch established plants to conserve moisture, as squash are heavy water consumers. Sow directly into the garden after threat of frost has passed.

Here in the Maritime Northwest, it is common to plant seeds in hills. The hills are created by mounding up the soil about four to six inches high, twenty-four inches across at the base and flattened on the top. This allows the soil to be better warmed by the sun and provides better protection from heavy rain.

Sow five to six seeds, one inch deep, in hills or rows. Spacing is dependent on plant type. Vining varieties should be spaced on six foot centers while bush-types at twenty-four to thirty inches apart. When seeds germinate, cut off all but the strongest three or four seedlings.

When laying out your garden, remember to consider the growing habits of the varieties that you are planting. Some bush-types are compact while some vining types require a tremendous amount of space. Harvest time will also vary by type.