Compact, charming butternuts are perfect for everyday use.
Squashes were once too large, too bitter, and too seedy for humans to stomach. But mastodons had different tastes, giant molars, and bigger guts. Their stature also had a huge impact on the soil, creating disturbances that were ideal squash habitat. After the megafauna faded, it was humans who created a niche - in their gardens - in which squash could survive. This delightful mini butternut was bred at Cornell University.
Art Pack, 30 seeds
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Honeynut Squash | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days Days to Maturity 110 days Planting Depth 1 inch Spacing in Row 24 inches Spacing Between Rows 60 inches Height at Maturity 72 inches
Direct sow after frost, or start indoors 2-3 weeks earlier. Be sure to sow by early summer to ensure mature fruit by fall. Transplant or sow Honeynut in hills spaced 6' apart, 3 plants per hill, or in rows 24" apart. Can be trellised and trained to grow vertically to save space. Needs as much time on the vine as possible to mature, so don't harvest until the vines have died back and the fruits are fully buff-colored and hard skinned. Cure harvested fruit in a warm, dry place for 2 weeks.
Art by Valerie Lueth. With her gorgeous, animated, and intensely detailed woodcuts, artist Valerie Lueth of Tugboat Printshop keeps alive an ancient art tradition while adding her own distinctive tastes and talents to the mix - much like the work of plant breeders.