Squash ripe?

dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)September 22, 2012

I usually leave my acorn squash on the plants until the weather gets cold and the vines die. However, this year with the really hot weather in the past month I'm not sure what to do. It's really too warm for veggies to go dormant and keep. What are you doing?

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flowerpowereverett

I have always left my squash on the vine until the cold weather comes, like you said. Mine got a late start anyway, too wet this spring. And it hasn't been that warm down here this summer or fall in Washington I guess LOL...

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 9:17PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Well, I broke down and cooked one this evening and it didn't have the full flavour that will develop later. Still good though. I'll patiently wait until the weather changes.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 2:06AM
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larry_gene

After harvesting, winter squash are typically kept at around 80 degrees indoors for a couple of weeks to improve quality and storage properties, then moved to cool, dry storage.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 11:25PM
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greenelephant(Woodinville WA)

what Larry said, it's good to cure winter squash in a dry warm place a couple of weeks. Many farm put them in an empty greenhouse to dry.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 11:33PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

We harvested the squash a couple of days ago. Had planted 2 plants too close together but the vines covered an area 25 X 25 and we had 38 squash! They are one of my very successful veggies in the weed patch i call my garden.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:11PM
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