|Our butternut squash plants.|
Knowing little about gardening, we discovered quickly that squash loves to spread and grow multiple vines and cling to other vegetables. Our squash seemed to grow wildly before our eyes and we were left scratching our heads on what to do to save our other beloved vegetable plants as the squash moved in. We quickly discovered a wonderful, simple solution: pruning.
Squash, of all varieties, tend to grow quickly and on a vine. Large green leaves and multiple vines grow out in an effort to produce a lot, quickly. They need sunlight and soil that is able to drain but can stay moist. Due to the plants' effort to produce and grow a lot quickly, it spreads out its vines and keeps growing unless pruned.
|Squash above ground.|
|Squash end that you trim. Look for|
octopus like vines.
There are many suggestions on when to prune, but we have done it based on how fast our butternut squash grows and where it is growing. Most suggest pruning the plant every month starting when the vine is about 5 feet in length. To prune, find the growing tips of the vines and cut them off. The plant, thinking it is being attacked, will put more effort into growing more of its produce. You will get fuller, riper squash faster as well as keep the fast growing plant from spreading too thin across your garden. By mid growth, you can also pick off any new flowers to keep the maturing squash growing. Growing squash can also be placed off the ground to avoid any rotting if your garden ground is consistently wet.
I love our butternut squash, and I am very excited to harvest them and make soup! These tips from gardeners have been so helpful to me and my husband, and I hope that they are helpful to you.