Anyone living in the upper elevations of the Black Hills probably has written off winter squash as a viable crop. I’ll admit, I had as well until I decided to try to grow it in a container this year. Maybe it’s a harebrained idea, but I felt it’s worth a shot.
So I bought a couple butternut squash bedding plants down at Dakota Greens, stuck ‘em in a pot, and placed it on my south-facing deck. The deck is high, frosts later than the raised beds and gets several hours of sun each day. I figured the conditions would be more conducive to fruit production. If it doesn’t work, I’m not out much and have learned something in the process. I’ll keep you posted.
By the way, Mother Earth News has an article on growing winter squash in their latest issue, read it at Growing Winter Squash.