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06/05/2013 at 21:54

Rhubarb took over several weeks ago. Not sure how much more rhubarb crumble I can take. 

Looked at my tom plants today and they are quite large already. need to sort them asap.

Been repotting my shrubs, weeding and top dressing today along with the annual patio clean.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
15/07/2015 at 09:57

Resurrecting this thread to ask if anyone has success growing butternut squash?

We have no problem growing pumpkins here (south of Scotland) so I figured I'd give squash a try.  Unfortunately, our lovely healthy butternut plants were trashed by something (beasties? weather?) while we were on holiday a couple of weeks ago, and only one has survived.

The rest of the garden is going ok, and a sunny windowsill has produced lots of chillies and the peppers are coming along nicely

15/07/2015 at 15:15

Good to see the return of this thread .

I have an allotment, full size plot, to the South of Glasgow. Been on it for almost one year after upgrading from a quarter plot on the same site. It was a total jungle, abandoned for years and full of junk.....when you apply for a plot on any allotment what they don't tell you is how bad some of these sites get!

Butternut squash - I have one plant in a pot, but it is in the polytunnel not outside. It was very slow to start and was getting eaten by some bug or other, but this has stopped now that I have put it in a watering tray (maybe the bugs / slugs cannot swim?). It has perked up a bit and is producing new growth. They do need a lot of water apparently.

Just back from a few hours weeding and watering, dug some new potatoes and looks like the raspberry bushes are going to produce a bumper crop this year .

15/07/2015 at 17:43

Tigerspaw, dug up some new pots yesterday, still a bit small, need another 2 weeks

before pulling up the rest.

The sweet corn looks well after a slow start, hope to have a bumper crop this year.

Planted a load of sunflower seeds around the shed hoping to cover the shed.

Turned out they were miniature flowers only grew to 2ft in height.


15/07/2015 at 17:46

I think slug damage is the biggest problem I've  had growing any of the squashes. Until the plant is well established slugs seem to be able to kill them off. Try using slug pellets, if you've no objection to them.

I've had more success with Festival, or even Crown Prince,  than Butternut down here in the deep south.



Nurse Ratched    pirate
15/07/2015 at 18:11

Thanks folks.  I don't think getting enough water should be a problem, outdoors in Scotland in the summer .  It may well have been slugs, there seems to be a bumper crop of them this year.  
I'm toying with the idea of having a wee pond* to attract some frogs and toads to munch on the slugs.


*that's a small pond, not one filled with wee

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