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18/08/2014 at 11:51

Can anyone advise me.  This year my winter squashes seem to be so much earlier - in keeping with most other veg I have to say.  If I start picking them now, as some are the size of footballs!!, will it be to the detriment of the flavour.  Due to their size I feel I should pick them soon, but my gut tells me to wait a bit longer to give them time to fully ripen and flavour up.  Your input would be most appreciated.

18/08/2014 at 11:53

If you intend to store them the skins need to be fully hardened. If you can make a mark with your fingernail, then the skin is not hard enough

18/08/2014 at 12:19

I generally cut them and then harden them off on the racking in the greenhouse, which seems to work.  So you think I should harden them off on the plant before cutting?

18/08/2014 at 13:43

The RHS website says to let them mature on the plant and move them before first frosts

18/08/2014 at 14:20

Thanks, that is what I will do.


18/08/2014 at 14:21

Does anyone know of a squash jam or preserve of some kind?

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