Growing Acorn Squash from Seed to Harvest Posted on 25 Jul 06:23 , 0 comments
Acorn Squash is a winter squash variety with a tough skin, making it an excellent crop to store for extended periods.
What's the difference between Summer Squash and Winter Squash?
The physical characteristics between summer and winter squash are stark. Summer squash tend to have very thin skins that are edible and easily damaged. The seeds of summer squash are present in the flesh and are edible raw. The flesh of the summer squash is very tender and very perishable. The skins of winter squash varieties are thick, inedible and tough. Winter squash have hollow cavities in the center where hard seeds are located. The flesh of the winter squash is very dense.
Beans, corn, cucumbers, icicle radishes, melon, mint, onions and pumpkin. Helpers: Borage deters worms, improves growth and flavor. Marigolds deters beetle. Nasturtium can deter squash bugs and beetles.
Oregano provides general pest protection. Dill may repel the squash bug that will kill your squash vines. Generously scatter the dill leaves on your squash plants. Keep squash away from potatoes.
Harvesting & Storing Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash is ready to be picked when the skin is tough. You can use a fingernail to test it.
Once your acorn squash has been harvested, store them in a cool, dry area. It will keep for several months if given the right temperatures. Usually this is between 50F and 55F.
We have a delicious harvest recipe for Baked Acorn Squash. There is a vegetarian and omnivore option.