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Butternut Squash - When is it ready?

Posted by rudysmallfry z6 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 3, 11 at 20:24

So I planted Butternut Squash thinking it wouldn't do much of anything since my soil ph is low. Wrong. It took over the entire garden. I currently have about 20 full size squashes on the vine. How do I know when they are ready to pick? Currently they are all more pale in color than the ones I see in the stores.


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RE: Butternut Squash - When is it ready?

Let them stay on the vine as long as possible, until the fruits turn a buff brown with no green stripes(one variety turns orange). If the plants develop powdery mildew really bad I harvest before nights turn cold, otherwise I leave them out there through September. Be sure to cut a stub of stem when harvesting, and butternuts will keep all winter.


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They keep all winter? That's good to know since I have no idea how I'm going to eat so much squash! What temp do I keep them in once I pick them? Will a 50 degree dry basement work?


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Basement will work, we could take care of 20 butternuts no problem, I'll have ~15 and they'll all be used. Yum! I look at the stem and when dry-ish and brown-hard you can pick, but no problem leaving on.

Dan


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That was my question too. Thanks for the information.


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20 on one vine ? Wow, that's impressive. I usually consider mine a success if I get 6-8. Tell me your secret ! j/k


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  • Posted by luke_oh zone 5 NE Ohio (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 17, 11 at 23:43

My wife bakes and scoops the squash into zip locks and freezes. They freeze exceptionally well. Makes an excellent butternut squash soup in the winter months.


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The way to tell when anything in the squash family is ripe is to look at the curly cue. On the stem just before the fruit there is a curly cue. When it has completely dried, then you know it is ripe.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden For Nutrition


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  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 19, 11 at 22:37

Butternut soup is a comforting winter staple, and roasted butternut goes well with chicken and exceptionally well with rabbit. A dry basement is perfect for storage. Do you really have 20 in one plant?


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