The Q&A Archives: Acorn Squash

Question: I started Acorn Squash from seed indoors in the middle of April and transplanted them on the garden in the middle of May. The seed package indicates there ready to harvest about 75 days after seed sowing. That puts the harvest in July for a winter squash. What is the best way to know the proper time to harvest the fruit? I also planted spaghetti squash at the same time. How will I know when to harvest them?

Answer: The term 'winter squash' means simply that the squash can be stored during the winter months. Acorn, and other winter squash, can be harvested when they are of eating size, but they're likely to be watery and bland tasting. Winter squash are generally left on the vine all season. When the vines begin to yellow and die (usually after a light frost), harvest by cutting the squash off the vine, leaving a one-inch stem. Let the squash dry in the sun until the stems shrivel, then wipe the dirt from the skin (don't wash), and store them in a cool, dark location. They should keep for several months.

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