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gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 24 9:50 am    Post subject: Growing Butternut squash in a compost bin - Advice Reply with quote
    

Has anybody grown a Butternut squash in a compost bin.

I have a couple of plastic bell shaped 1m tall compost bins. The contents built up over 2 years.

My plan this year is to add a 30cm layer of good compost, as a capping. Then plant a single B Squash into each bin.

Has anybody done this before, any advice, did it work or fail.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 24 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Was a different squash but yes it worked.
Also had self sown squashes in a compost heap left them to their own devices and they were. Ok

Nicky cigreen



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 24 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've grown squash in the compost heap and in containers so I am sure it would work - would need plenty of water though, so near a water butt would be handy

gray_b



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 24 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I feel a bit more confident now.

Many thanks

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 24 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i have used unrotted deep litter, also deep rotting straw and mixture

a handful of "soil" in a small hole keeps the seed roots safe from "strong compost" and by the stage the roots have grown into the main body they can cope with it

i have seen assorted curcubits on compost and dung heaps

it works rather well

Slim



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 24 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Never done it intentionally, but have frequently gotten large jack o'lanterns from compost piles. Care was always 100% neglect

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 24 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


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