Name: Cucurbita moschata aka Waltham butternut squash.
Type of Plant: A winter squash that has, since it’s development in the 1940’s, has become the gold standard for this type of vegetable. This squash contains Vitamin C, B6, Magnesium and Potassium, plus even a bit of protein.
Why I Love This Plant: I love growing butternut squash because it’s delicious and can be prepared in so many directions. I use this in soups, in potato and pasta dishes, roasted with spices and instead of pumpkin in our Thanksgiving pies. Yes, butternut squash makes a more flavorful pie than if you use pumpkin flesh.
I also love this vegetable because it can just cook along on the edge of a vegetable garden all summer. Plant seeds in fertile, turned soil, mulch all around the plants so that the weeds are kept down, water deeply every 5 to 7 days, and keep the bunnies at bay.
A Word to the Wise: This squash does like to roam. Provide plenty of space for the vines. I’d recommend an area that is about eight feet wide and twelve feet long, with three groups of five to seven squash plants centered in that space. If powdery mildew has been a problem on your squash in the past, spray every week to 10 days with the organic fungicide of your choice.