When to harvest winter squash
This is my 3rd year growing winter squash. The past two years I would wait until the stem on the squash starts to brown, then wait another week or so before cutting it.
They taste just fine but sometimes I read about others saying to leave the squash on the vine until the fall. My problem with this is that I think this will inhibit other squash from growing on that particular vine.
My feeling is that if you leave them hanging all summer you're only going to get 1 or 2 squash per vine but if you cut them once they're mature, you might get 4 or more squash per vine.
I am also seeing that after one squash is growing on a particular vine, a second pollinated flower may or may not grow. But if there are two squash growing, there's virtually little to no chance that a 3rd one will take.
Just looking what your experience may be.