Growing squash

We've chosen two varieites of squash for this year's "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign. These are:

  • Waltham Butternut from Moles Seeds
  • Uchiki Kuri from Moles Seeds

Sow into seed trays or directly into pots under glass in April, May or very early June.

Grow outdoors in a sheltered place or in cold-frames. Plant outside in late May. Plant one plant for 1-2m². Harvest in autumn and store at a temperature of 10-15°C.

Download the RFGN Guide to Growing Squash (PDF format).

Waltham Butternut

This is described as a winter storage squash with pear-shaped fruits, 20-25cm long. The orange fruits have a fine nutty flavour and only a small seed cavity. The germinating temperature is 22°C.

Uchiki Kuri

This is described as a plant which forms three to five small pumpkin-like fruits of intense orange red with a golden flesh, averaging 1.5Kg. Very early to mature with superb storage characteristics. The germinating temperature is 18°C.

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Upcoming events

Autumn Plant Sale
Sat 5 Oct 2019 10:00am - 11:30am The Trading Shed, Oakley Road

Donate your spare plants and seeds then buy something new, very good prices!

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