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Waltham Butternut Squash Art Pack

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  • Just harvested. Need to cure a bit.
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Waltham Butternut Squash

Curcurbita moschata

Certified Organic Seed

Nature's Comfort Food

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No garden crop soothes the winter-weary soul like the butternut squash. Its deep orange, smooth, sweet and nutty flesh entices as it bakes in the oven, filling the house with its rich aroma. For this hallmark experience of autumn we are indebted to insurance-man-turned-farmer Charles Leggett, who developed the Waltham Butternut variety in Stow, Massachusetts--just down the road from Waltham--during the mid-1940s. In this variety, Leggett combined the dense, easy-to-peel flesh of old "gooseneck" types with the flavor and texture of the best eating squashes. It's also one of the best keepers: if well cured and kept somewhere cool and dry, your Butternuts will store beautifully, keeping their eating quality well into spring.

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 25 seeds
Spacing in Row 18 to 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 60 to 72 inches
Planting Depth 1 inch
Days to Maturity 105 days

How to Grow

Direct sow after frost, or start indoors 2-3 weeks earlier. Transplant in hills spaced 6' apart, 3 plants per hill, or in rows 36" apart. Plants can grow 6' or more, so give plenty of space to take over. Mulch early to help suppress weeds. Harvest when squash are buff colored with no trace of green. Cure in a dry, warm place for a week or so, then store in a cool, dry, dark place.

About the Artist

Lora Shelley is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design – with a year of studies in Rome. Primarily, a painter but also a printmaker and an animal lover.

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