What are the pros? Bug Resistant, Stores well
What are the cons? Take a lot of space to grow
This squash (and any moschata) are more resistant to vine borers, the plague of my squash patch, as their stems are not hollow and harder to bore through. They do best when I cover the vines at a few nodes with amended soil to promote rooting along the vines (helps with bugs and drought too) and spray a few times with baking soda water to discourage powdery mildew. Great squash for my family who doesn't care for squash. I use in bread, baked mac and cheese, soups, scalloped potatoes, waffles, and place of pumpkin in baking. A few hills generally gives me enough for us to eat until spring as well as some for a winter treat for our rabbits and poultry. Cans well in cubes, then mashes for an alternative to canned pumpkin when you don't have time to bake a whole squash. The years I haven't grown butternut I have always regretted it.
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