Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Plant more squash

"Plant breeders devote their lives to developing varieties with the best and most predictable characteristics, and in my opinion the Waltham Butternut squash is the height of the art.  Developed by professor Robert E. Young at the Suburban Experiment Station of the University of Massachusetts in Waltham, this squash is resistant to the diseases and, most importantly, to the squash vine borer, a creature that ruins many other squash varieties.  The Waltham Butternut has a smooth beige skin that's easy to peel, and thick flesh in relation to the seed area, which means more food on the table.  The flavor, I should add, is unbeatable.  The only thing I could say about it is that it's a vine squash and the vines can gobble up a huge chunk of the garden's space, but weighed against this is its tremendous production.  I wouldn't be without it in the Victory Garden, and it your squash harvest hasn't been all you've hoped for, you'd be well advised to give the Waltham Butternut a try."  Taken from pg 203 Crocket's Victory Garden

Squash is a wonderful food as it offers so much nutrition in the winter months.  If you don't have access to canning supply, definitely consider raising squash.  Canning tomatoes and such can be expensive on the utility bill unless you have conquered solar cooking.  Consider planting enough squash to last two to four meals per week.  That way there will always be something healthy to eat on your table in the winter months rather than an over processed can of spam.


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