I have some lovely acorn squash:
Some of what seem to be a variety of pumpkin:
Then entire compost heap is overtaken with squash! I'm not complaining, I'm actually thrilled and surprised.
|acorn squash leaf!|
|acorn squash in foreground|
No one in the family likes fresh squash, that's why I don't grow the ever popular zucchini! But, we do like baked goods made with winter squash. Any recipe calling for pumpkin can successfully be made using winter squash. So, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cookies (just made a batch yesterday from an early ripened Cinderella pumpkin - details later), pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread... if I don't have pumpkin handy I use acorn squash! The flesh cooks up yellower than pumpkin, but after cooking the taste is identical. And why not? Pumpkins are winter squash!
All the growth in the compost heap has slowed my ability to compost new material! I have a side pile growing that I will have to add in after squash season!