I have a bumper crop of squash ( both Acorn and Hubbard ) and two kinds of
pumpkins ( small pie and large decoration ). How and when do I know when to
pick them? The Acorns look ripe fropm the get go but now they are sounding a
little hollow. The Hubbard start green and turn golden, do I wait for the
hollow sound too? The pumpkins are turning orange but there are still a few
green. It is getting close to the first frost time here in western Wisconsin
, should I pick everything with the first signs of frost?
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I wouldn't be in any hurry because of frost. A light frost likely
won't do much. A more extensive frost will kill the plants, but the
fruits will still be OK. I grew and sold Big Max pumpkins as a kid,
some over 100 lbs, and don't remember any urgency to pick them. The
fact that some are still green tells you they are still growing.
As for the squash, I think a lot depends on what you intend to do with
them. If you're going to cook them, then why not start harvesting
some of the ripest ones now, and leave others for later?
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