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Winter squash with damaged skin - repairable?

Posted by awascholl none (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 27, 13 at 19:20

Recently, somebody decided to use a weedwhacker a bit too close to my winter squash plants, and some sustained pretty bad damage. A few were 'lucky' and only have one or two gashes in them, but I wonder if they can heal, or is the cat out of the bag, and now they'll rot instead of continue to ripen? Is there some sort of nutrient, like one used for clones, that I could spread on the wound to help repair it?


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RE: Winter squash with damaged skin - repairable?

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 27, 13 at 22:19

I have found it all depends on the depths of the damage. If it is just the skin and not into the meat then they will often scar over and do fine. As long as bacteria doesn't get a handle in the wound. You can use a diluted mix of 10% hydrogen peroxide spritzed into the wound to keep it clean until it begins to scab. Otherwise keep it dry and exposed to the air..

If the wound is deep then they usually begin to rot so those I harvest, partially cook, peel, cut up the meat into chunks and freeze it. later it can be thawed, cooked and mashed.

Dave


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