This is our second year growing these, and I will say this, sometimes, conditions are beyond our control. In 2011, some seeds randomly ended up in a pile of compost in our yard. They came up and were magnificent. We had a yield like no other. I had probably 30 squash off just a few vines. Interestingly enough, the ones I intentionally planted at the community garden were a disaster - small, misshapen, not tasty even, mold problems, pests, etc. In 2012, I planted them intentionally, at home. I attempted a trellis, but they just grew around it. The germination rate was good as always, and they took here in the Northern Illinois climate. Now, mind you, this year we had high winds, sustained temps near 100, severe drought, and literally swarmed of cucumber beetles and armies of squash bugs and vine borers. I did all I could, but most of my cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins were lost, however, the Butternut are still making it through. They have been able to fend off most of these issues. Now, I will admit, I did not have the beautiful and easy bumper crop I had last year, but I probably have about 10-12 good squash. As much as I like to try new things, Waltham Butternut is worth growing because not only does it taste good, but it is reliable.
Would you recommend this product to a friend?