Butternut squash is a winter squash that is planted as a warm-season annual and is generally transplanted into your garden in spring after the last frost has occurred. It grows throughout the summer and in the early fall, its fruits will have fully ripened and have thick skins that aren't easily pierced by a thumbnail, making them great to store and eat throughout the winter.
Winter Squash - Waltham Butternut
- Plant in direct sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight) in fertile and well-drained soil. Harvest fruits once they are full size, have a deep color, and the skin can't be easily dented with a fingernail. To harvest, cut stem at least 2" from the fruit. After harvesting, keep your squash in a warm and dry location for a few days before cooking or storing it.