Butternuts

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Asked by tibos69 on May 9, 2016
Winter Butternuts

How many pockets of seeds per 1 hectare if I want to plant? Seeds and seedlings, which one is the best when planting?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Butternut Squash is directly planted into hills of soil.
Generally speaking you plant 4 or 5 seeds per hill.

Seedlings do not transfer well to the garden.

Here is a link to refresh you on the care instructions.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/growing-butternut-squash.htm

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Asked by angel88 on August 23, 2017
Butternut Trees

Do butternut trees make acid soil so one cannot grow any thing around the area.. I heard that black walnut

trees cause difficulty in growing plants near it???

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by sunspark1 on October 9, 2017
How to Crack Open a Butternut.

Hi, I read in this article about butternuts that \”And the nuts that grow on these wild trees are easy to process and delicious to eat.” EASY TO PROCESS?!

Unlike the black walnut which are easy to crack open and get the kernel out mostly intact,
I have tried almost every method to open a butternut. I have used hammer, pliers, and finally a bench vise. The bench vise seem to work but most of the time it cracks the nuts in small pieces. But I see the handy work of the squirrels and I really wonder how they open these nuts in 2 halves and take the kernel.

My question is:
If you know how to easily crack open these nuts without hammering your thumb or cutting your fingers please let me know. Thank you.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The key is a nut that was dried properly!
Only harvest fallen butternuts if you shook them from the tree yourself. Tree nuts allowed to sit on the ground for even a short amount of time may have already begun to rot. Remove the nuts from the hulls, rinse, then place in a cool, dark, dry area with good air circulation to cure. After a couple weeks, crack a nut and if the shell cracks easily then it has dried properly.

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