Squash - Table Queen Acorn Winter Squash

Avg seeds/pkt 36

Table Queen Acorn squash: this late-summer favorite grows on a compact vine which produces several 5- to 6-inch-long fruit, golden on the inside with an ebony-green shell. They are both fast-food and comfort-food: just split, remove seeds, roast, and serve for an easy and sweet nutritious treat.

Two weeks after your average last frost date, sow 4 or 5 seeds about 1 inch deep in hills of soil, spaced 4 feet apart. Interplanting squash with borage and radishes will attract pollinators and deter insect pests. Soil should be kept moist, but not wet. Plants emerge within 10 days.

When seedlings get their 2nd set of “true” leaves, choose the best two plants per hill and snip off the rest. Water deeply twice a week in dry weather. Squash are fully ripe when the skin has toughened, and stems turn a yellow-green.

Table Queen Acorn squash take about 90 days to maturity. Harvest squash before a hard frost, leaving at least two or more inches of stem attached to each one. Curing is not necessary, but a couple of weeks in a sunny or warm dry spot will enhance the flavor and sugar content and, some say, help the squash store longer than its usual 4 weeks. Store in a cool, dry spot.

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