Squash fruit set, now what?

sunnibel7 Md 7(7)July 19, 2014

Ok, so this year my winter squash are shaping up real nice (knock on wood). Last year they were hit from beneath by moles and voles before most of them reached this point, and that was my first year growing them. The vines are huge, green, and have set many squash. So now do I need to do anything, like put something under the fruit the way I seem to need to do with melons? They seem to be rooting along the vines, too. I presume that is a good thing. And do they keep on the vine until frost or do they need to be removed once they are ripe then cured? Cheers!

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If you have voles, particularly pine voles it is a good ide to put a square of plywood or or a hard plastic plate under the fruit. Thta is especially important for soft skin C.pepo types like Delicata s , acorns. Hard shell C. maximas resist better. I usually leave on the vine until the vines begins to die back, but you can begin harvest as soon as the skin gets hard an tough. Rule of thumb is when you can't cut it with a fingernail.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:25AM
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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

Thanks, Farmer D! These are all moschata spp, two cheese types and a butternut. I guess a paper plate would be no good because they would chew through when it is wet. We must have something around.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 10:59PM
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He said plastic. I use pieces of wood (I always have a few in the garage) but also bricks, which I have by the hundreds to hold down hoop houses in winter. you do't really have to cover the whole bottom, just an air gap. They hate to be out in the open.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:19PM
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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

I knew he said plastic, I only have paper plates on hand and was thinking "out loud" why those would not be a good substitution. ;) Is it hard to balance a big squash on a brick? I may be able to salvage some from next door. I rediscovered the lids to my buckets in the tunnel, so that will take care of 10 fruit.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:44PM
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I use 2/3 bricks per squash.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 1:54PM
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