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Harvesting a LOAD of Butternuts

October 11th, 2017

I planted four butternut squash vines this summer, two of them ended up being a buttercup and not butternut variety. They were planted in an area that I mulched with chicken litter from the coop this spring. The results were vigorous vines that grew here, there, and EVERYWHERE!!! I noticed the vines were dying back, so I decided to pick up the squash to start curing them.

I was blown away by how many squash these two vines produced. There will be more than enough squash for us and all of our friends (and their friends too). Needless to day, heavy feeding squash really appreciate and make use of fresh poultry litter.

Now that they’re harvested, I need to get them curing. Then move on to harvesting pumpkins and bringing in other tender things. We haven’t had our first frost yet, but it will happen soon.

What plant produced more than you expected this summer?

One Comment to “Harvesting a LOAD of Butternuts”
  1. Nebraska Dave on October 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Susy, squash for me did well also. But the prize went to the green peppers. I had peppers coming out ears. I put out 12 plants because last year I did get a single green pepper for what ever reason. This year in a questionable bed they produced buckets of green peppers.

    Cabbage was another producer. Seven cabbages netted about two gallons of sauerkraut. It’s really yummy. I’m already sampling the first batch.

    Have a great squash day. What will you do with the squash?

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