My friend who has a large kitchen garden on her property out of town has already harvested over 80 mature butternuts -- she started early in the season. That's a LOT of squash for the two of them to eat, even if pies are part of the equation....Maybe I'll get some of the "extra!"
But I've been growing a miniature climbing butternut from Renee's Garden. It's a new release and is attractive on a low trellis in front of the garden.
I was thinking that it might be tasty green (as well as being resistant to squash vine borers, the nemesis of Southern summer squash growers). My experience with summer squash is 3 or 4 squash, and then the vines collapse (at least without row covers, Bt, foil, picking out the borers, etc.).
|immature miniature butternut squash (with blueberries for scale)|
Even when they're bigger (having escaped the gardener's notice) -- at about 4 inches long (close to their "mature" size, any way, instead of 2 inches (like these), they're delicious, too.