Butternut Squash, the landrace Great Grow out!

Its going to be such a interesting garden year, one of the things that is new this year is the Garden 2015 page.. I will be linking all my garden posts onto that page, so instead of using the search feature, you just need to pop up to the garden page and go!

I have signed up to for some test growouts, for some rare seed growouts, and the great Dear Hubby Melon Landrace event, and just for fun.. the giant pumpkin local garden groups growout!

I love my butternut squash, I have saved seeds from those grown on the farm but can and do cross out, so its quite normal for me to also buy seed to grow pure strain as well.

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This is different, this is a landrace grow out..  wonder what a landrace plant looks like.. pop over to read this awesome interview done by Ottawa gardener


Now that you have a better idea of what landrace means, I have agreed to be a growout tester for a landrace butternut squash this year, I  have been given permission to also grow out both my own homesaved seeds and bought plants side by side.. after all it is a landrace program.. As I did not get any seed saved from this years crop, it will be coming from the bounty that was 2013.

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I believe there is around half a dozen of us or so that are involved locally, I think – I am one of the bigger growout in terms of plants wanted to grow and ideally produce.

I am giving up my main squash gardening space for this project, I am not going to put every single egg in the same basket and will be adding in a few squash plants here and there in other garden areas.


My main squash area is being split in two.. one side will just be the landrace only, the other half will be interplanted.. the landrace, my saved farm seeds, and bought or gifted seeds..


So here is my call out..  if any of you have saved butternut seed and are willing, send me some! I do not need much, five will do it 🙂 Pop them in a letter and send them my way to be part of the one growout area of lets mix them up..

Send me a note on the comments with your email and I will get back to you with some info.. and a big thank you on the blog 🙂




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8 Responses to Butternut Squash, the landrace Great Grow out!

  1. Excellent. I love it!!! Really looking forward to this effort. Thanks.

  2. queen of string says:

    I really like this approach. We are now into our third year of growing home saved seeds. I am really hoping that growing this way and adding in some bought seeds each year will help us develop subtle varieties that will be well suited to our microclimate.
    I am not sure if I have Butternut saved, but I can go look. I could not also be certain that they are not cross pollinated with other squash, do you need them to be pure?

  3. I’ve never grown Landrace before, great post!
    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope you join us again this week!


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