Answer: Lakota is a winter squash, and the "field test" for winter squash readiness is to try to pierce the skin with your fingernail. If it resists and doesn't puncture easily, it is ready to pick. In addition, the underside where it is in contact with the soil should change color from white to yellow and the rind itself should generally be firm and glossy. This particular variety averages 110 days, so it may be a bit later than some.
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