last year someone gave us a few acorn squash and we cleaned 'em out and cooked 'em up. not really all that good either, so i didn't think much of it and put the innards from the squish into the worm bins.
this spring planting i used the worm compost in the gardens as usual and we had some volunteer squash plants come up. most i will trim off so they don't disrupt the gardens, but a few here or there i let go as they can run into the pathways or along an edge. basically, it's free food of the sort we both like, so we are happy to have them.
this season a few of those were acorn squash and had fruits. hmmm... baked a few squash the other day (one acorn and a butternut). the inside looked like the acorn squash we used to get. actually yellow to orange colored instead of white and pasty. the flavor was excellent. whew! so it wasn't that they'd ruined the crop/seed line, but it was poor growing and harvesting too early. we cooked up another few squishes tonight and again were very happy with the acorn squash. didn't need to put a thing on them. i've saved those seeds to use again in the coming years.
i like it when a plan comes together, even when there really wasn't a plan at all...