You have decided to plant squash and now that the harvest has arrived, you are wondering about the best way to preserve your succulent vegetables? Follow our advice and techniques to enjoy optimal storage of squash, pumpkins and pumpkins from your permaculture garden.
Prefer cucurbits of conservation ?
All the cucurbits are not equal! They do not all have the same facility to preserve for a long time. Some can spoil quickly while others will keep a beautiful appearance and consistency for months and months. Squash, pumpkins or pumpkins are part of the cucurbits that you will be able to keep provided you respect certain conditions. It is thus advised to plant these three varieties within your vegetable garden in permaculture. And if ever your squash rots in your garden, we invite you to visit our article which deals with yellow spots on squash! You will find there tricks to cure the diseases of cucurbits when one holds a vegetable garden in permaculture.
How to store your squash efficiently?
To preserve your vegetables well, it is necessary to take into account the choice of your squash. The vegetables that you will plant in your garden and that you will harvest specifically for the conservation must be collected as late as possible. You need to make sure that they are ripe and that they have developed a thick skin to protect the flesh. Above all, they must be harvested before the onset of frost, as this is a period that would have a catastrophic impact on the longevity and resistance of your vegetables.
Then, it is necessary to proceed to the good conditioning of your cucurbits. To prepare them, you must detach the stalk by cutting it cleanly but be careful not to cut it too short. You must leave a certain length so that the flesh does not begin the process of rotting by this part. Of course, do not neglect to wash your vegetables with plenty of water before cutting the stalk. You can then arrange them in such a way that they can be stored.
What are the conditions for optimal storage?
To preserve your vegetables, you must store them in a room that is preferably ventilated and not humid. The temperature should not exceed 16°C. It is important to place them on suitable supports such as crates filled with straw to make ideal storage boxes. The vegetables should not touch each other to avoid spoiling and rotting prematurely. They should be monitored regularly to stop the spread of any vegetable that starts to deteriorate and may contaminate others. Other preservation techniques include jarring, deep freezing, freezing and drying.