Squash Seeds For Winter
Now that squash season is officially underway, you're probably itching to get started with growing and planting winter squash. There's nothing worse than getting those beautiful orange, pink, or red blossoms in the fall only to have them wilt in the wintertime. Fortunately, squash is fairly easy to grow throughout the year and can be stored for the long cold months ahead. Read on to learn how to grow winter squash and enjoy it all through the year.
Start by roasting your squash until they are light brown and fragrant. Once you've done that, scoop out the seeds from your squash of selection and place them into a large pot of boiling water. Cover them with a lid until they are ready to be transferred to your lined baking pan. Roast them for about two hours, until they are almost fully cooked. Transfer the squash to your lined baking pan and bake it until crisp and golden.
Place the vegetable onto a plate and garnish with parsley and fresh herbs. You can serve it with a sweet and sour dressing, or just add salt and pepper to taste. You can also serve it with a hearty chili recipe for a delicious winter squash soup. If you want a different approach, try using pumpkin seeds instead of pumpkin pie spice. The combination is absolutely delicious, though it does require a bit more effort and work than using pumpkin seeds.
Using butternut squash to make winter squash soup is pretty straightforward, too. If you have butternut squash or a butternut squash plant, you can easily make this vegetable a part of your spring meal rotation. Simply buy some butternut squash or butternut seeds at your local co-op or health food store. Put the butternut squash or butternut seeds in a zip lock bag and seal it. Put the bag in your freezer until you are ready to use it.
After the butternut squash seeds are harvested, remove them from the shells and any green or white matter on the bottom. Remove any dirt that may be on the surface as well. You can then put the seeds in the ground in the row you previously prepared. In the last week before the last frost, add an inch of water to the soil and spread the seeds so they are about even with the depth of the rows. Place the rows in your greenhouse and cover the whole thing with a plastic bag.
When the last frost hits, place the bag of fall vegetables inside your greenhouse. Cover the bags loosely with old newspaper, and remember not to turn the plastic bag upside down. The last thing you want is for the winter squash or pumpkin to go bad. Turn the pump back on, set the greenhouse door open and wait for the squash or pumpkin to begin to sprout.
Once the little guys are about a meter high and have sprouted, take them outside. They will need to stay outdoors all winter. If you want to plant them in the spring, be sure to use a good quality potting soil that contains lots of nutrients and will drain quickly. There are a few other suggestions for preserving your winter squash seeds, but the one you read here should get you started.
To store your own squash or to save those you sell, don't waste money on expensive, pre-made spaghetti squash kits. You can get a lot of good sealed bags of sealed seeds from your local garden center, but the bags won't be as effective as those you buy at the garden shop. You can buy whole squash seeds or divide your squash seeds into several small pieces and store them in airtight containers. Store the small pieces in an unheated cupboard or basement area. Another good idea is to tie the small, grouped pieces together with string or yarn and put them into a sealed plastic bag - this way, you can keep your seeds from getting mixed up with all the others.