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    Hi Nicos

    See my reply in the seed swap but I grow Butternut Sprinter and yes, I find it best to hand pollenate them
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    I usually grow about 5 rods of squash each year.

    Top tips.
    Lots of manure before carpeting the area.
    Carpet to keep soil moist and weeds down, weed suppression membrane is not so good, plant through cut holes in carpet.
    For watering add a bottomless 2L lemonade bottle, cap end down with a cane through, (to aid location once the leaves are up) next to each plant.

    Best UK growing types.
    Butternut of various types.
    Crown Prince, F1 pumpkin type.
    Delikata, mutated slug type.

    All three do well and if left until the first frost then harvested that day, if not harvested they are then too visible to the "light fingered brigade" and vandals.
    Really hot dry weather means lots of watering, however I normally just water during the establishing stage, once you have no visible carpet its best not to walk in as you will crush stems.

    I try various other varieties each year, from growing, storing and eating perspectives.

    CP is the best, flavour and texture are good, keeping 14 months is normal, yield is OK but fruits are large up to 6kg.
    Delikata is good, flavour excellent, yield good, fruits small, storing OK.
    Butternut/Cobnut, good flavour, good yield, good size though variable, storage not so good always get some start to rot in store.

    All freeze quite well once peeled & chunked.

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    Thanks for all you advice etc,will let you know how I get on.

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    Peter

    I've not frozen squash before... do you just peel and chop before freezing or do they need blanching or anything like that first?

    Also, is there an optimum time to freeze? I have Butternut Sprinter still stored from last year or are they too ripe to freeze sucessfully now?

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    Shortie, generally its been when I wanted some squash for cooking and the next one to use was a bit too big to manage. I've just peeled, de-seeded, chunked, bagged and frozen. Six Kg is a bit much even for a family or four .
    The types I use are low water content anyway, compared to marrow that is, and they seem fine for adding to stews etc, thought I have to confess I have not tried roasting any frozen chunks.
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    Hi peter, I am growing Crown Prince this year after seeing Chez`s crop and tasting the one she generously gave me. When do you sow yours?

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    Too late if truth be told.

    As per packet and in a heated propogator.

    In the garage, in the dark, checked twice daily and whipped out and onto a windowsill as soon as anything breaks the compost surface. Hardened off in a frame in the garden and off up the lottie when almost all danger of frost has gone.
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