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    Hi,
    Just wondered what success you've had growing winter squash. I'm trying Festival this year. Thanks.

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    I grow butternuts every year (Harrier) with varying success.
    Golden Nugget and Mars did very well for me last year, storing almost right through the winter.

    This year I'm trying Crown Prince, Hooligan, Hawk and a few others.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    I am trying blue hubbard, buttercup and red onion this year. i also have two butternuts but I have never managed to get any sort of crop at all from them so I don't hold out much hope. Pumpkin-wise, we have got trick or treat and New England. I hope that we are as successful with pumpkins as we were last year - we ate the last one in March! Still if we get the hot summer we are promised then I might get lucky - but that means lots of watering.
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    They are great, although for me last year didn't go too well.

    This year I already have 9 fruits from 10 plants and there are loads more flowers on them so maybe a few more. The weather has really helped get them going this year.
    I'm aiming for 25 fruits, which will b ehung in my garage from October time.

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    They always seem to grow well for me so long as you can get them established without being slugged. Grew a mini pumpkin type (can't remember the name), a butternut squash and Harlequin squash last year and all were excellent, keeping well until about Easter when I ran out. This year have planted out some more Harlequin and Blue Ballet so will have to see how I get on.

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    Once you've got them though the early stages...like Alison says,keeping the slugs away...I find them one of the easiest things to grow.We try different ones each year,sorry I've not got my list nearby & they have odd names so will have to come back to you on what they are.
    My favourite is also the one that for some strange reason I always have trouble with germinating...Crown Prince.Don't know if I've just been unlucky & laid my hands on dud seeds or if others have trouble with htem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andi&di View Post
    I always have trouble with germinating...Crown Prince.Don't know if I've just been unlucky & laid my hands on dud seeds or if others have trouble with htem?
    Me too.
    One pack didn't germinate at all, and this new pack is very slow.
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    Thanks. Is it worth growing a mini winter squash in the GH?

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