How to grow... Squash

Rocket Growing Guides

Butternut Squash

Squash are very easy to grow and require hardly any effort. You just pop them in the ground and leave them to do their thing, giving them a good drink from time to time until they are ready for harvesting.

  • Planting Tips
  • Growing advice
  • Chef's Corner

The right site

Full sun and plenty of space is important. Squash are hungry plants so make sure you dig in plenty of organic fertiliser when you plant them.

Can be grown in....

These grow well outside, so if you have the space then go for a raised bed or similar, but they will grow well in pots too.

How far apart?

1.5 metres apart

Looking after your plants....

Plant them outside when the risk of frost has passed and the weather has warmed up. Until then, keep them in pots under cover.


Butternut Squash

Give them some food

Dig in plenty of organic fertiliser and water thoroughly when you plant them.

Butternut Squash

Water regularly

Water them often and well.

Storage Tips

Best eaten within a few days of harvesting, but they will store for a few weeks in a cool, dark place.

Ways to cook

Butternut squash is great for creamy risottos, and lovely roasted for soups as well.