How To Prepare Winter Squash For Winter Vegetables
Do you need to store your winter squash seeds for next year? Whether your squash tree needs a transplant or just a little rest, it is important that you save your winter squash seeds. This is due to the fact that squash trees, like most trees, rapidly lose their freshness if they are not properly stored. If you let them get too cold they will soon die, and if you do not replant them within a few months they will no longer produce.
The two main types of winter squash are the pearl ear and the red ear. The difference between these two varieties comes from the way they are harvested. The former is allowed to partially dry out in the sun before being pickled, whereas the latter is picked fresh and allowed to dry out in the sun before being used. If you wish to save your winter squash seeds for next year, simply grow one kind of squash in the garden, the pearl ear. However, another possibility is to hand-pick your flowers in order to avoid cross-pollination, but this too can be very complicated.
You should consider keeping your winter squash seeds in a jar with a tight fitting lid in a cool dark place such as your basement. In addition to the obvious benefit of protecting them from the elements, but you should also keep your seedlings away from salt. A good example of a good salt substitute is baking soda, which is extremely absorbent, so it should not be placed directly on the seed.
When you are looking for suitable summer flowers for your garden, look out for varieties that are relatively cold tolerant, and that flower in the winter. You can find a large selection of these in a variety of colors. However, don't be fooled into thinking that all varieties flower in the winter; some of them will bloom even in the late summer months. You will have to do some searching in order to find the varieties that will best suit your needs.
Many people have successfully grown their winter squash using a combination of fall mulch, fall leaves, and a variety of fall flowers, including sunflowers, hollyhocks, and buckeye. One very attractive option that you may like to try is using fall olive oil spray. To make it, simply combine one tablespoon of olive oil with two tablespoons of water. Then apply this mixture to the seed pod, covering it with a plastic bag.
Although the olive oil may not completely cover the seeds, it is an effective way to protect them from the elements. To add even more moisture to your vegetable, you can mix it with a bit of water. The next step is to crack the seeds to get rid of the inside water. This can easily be accomplished by using a salt solution or by using a coffee filter. Then, pour the mixture over the winter squash seeds and allow them to sit for about two days.
In order to ensure that the winter squash seeds have an adequate chance to sprout, place them in a warm room where they will remain warm and dormant until the late part of September or early October. If you plan to try to harvest them before then, you may be able to get away with just using a plastic wrap to cover them. However, since most varieties of winter squash need to be stored for at least a few months, you will probably have to soak them in a solution of water and salt. After they have been soaked, remove the plastic wrap, slice the seeds into quarters, and store them in a bowl of warm water. The water will have to remain in the bowl for a few days, so make sure that you don't forget about it.
Now that you know how to prepare your winter squash, you should learn about how to harvest it. If you are planning on freezing it, then you need to take special precautions so that your frozen vegetable does not crack when you remove it from the freezer. First, you will want to line the bottom of your pot with a cut baggy to contain the seed. Once that is done, turn your winter squash upside down and freeze it, making sure that it is directly above the baggy. Do not turn it over until the middle of October because this will cause the meat to become cold. Once it has frozen solid, remove it from its baggy and carefully remove the seeds.