Sunday, December 11, 2011

Acorn Squash ( How To Grow )

                     Thank you all for joining us here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

                     Today we would like to talk about Acorn Squash, it is a winter squash and it is a fall favorite of many dinner tables across the country, and like most winter squash Acorn Squash stores well, it will keep for months if stored away in a cool, dry and dark place.  And you should have Acorn Squash most of the winter.

                     There are winter and summer varieties.  Winter Squash produce fruit with thick skins.  They can be stored for a long period, well into the winter months, if properly stored.  The skin of winter Squash is not eaten. 

                     Acorn Squash is so easy to raise but there are some important things you need to know.

                     1.  Choose a spot just for your Acorn Squash, do not put them in your garden, Acorn Squash need a lot of room, they have long vines and large heavy fruit, and they will take over your garden.  Plant in full sun.

                    2. Plant only after all danger of frost has past and the soil has warmed up, you will need warm soil to germinate.  

                     3.  Acorn Squash thrive in rich well drained soil.  If your soil needs a little help, just add some garden soil mix or lot of compost and some mulch, that will feed your garden and help keep the weeds out.

                     4.  Hills is best for drainage, hills should be spaced about three feet apart.  Plant 5 to 6 seeds in each hill, after planting water well,  Acorn Squash love water, never let the soil dry completely out.  After seedling sprout and they are about 2" inches, thin out leave no more than 3 plants per hill.  

                     5.  Days to Harvest: 70 to 90 days. 

                     Well I guess that's it for today, we hope we been some help.  We hope to be back here tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way, until then Good Gardening Always from Ken & Marilou.