Spaghetti squash is a seasonal favorite in my home. There is nothing better then cutting one in half and putting them on a cookie sheet upside down for about an half hour in a 350 degree oven. A little spaghetti sauce poured over the yummy insides and it is hard to imagine that you are eating a vegetable and not a noodle. My wife and I love eating right out of the shell like a bowl. We just pour the sauce on and start twisting our forks to pull that delicious inside out just like a bowl of real spaghetti or angel hair pasta.
We found that growing spaghetti squash was not only fun but it provided us with a delicious entree that we can enjoy all winter. Our attempt in growing spaghetti squash was a huge failure. We put the seeds in coffee cans filled with soil and soon found even though the plant grew and had beautiful yellow flowers, they never produced even one spaghetti squash that was big enough or mature enough to eat. The next year we planted in the ground and let the vines intermingle for better fertilization. With ten plants, we had a spaghetti squash yield of about 18 full, mature gourds.
The time to harvest spaghetti squash depends on the latitude and longitude in which you grow the plants. The plants mature early in the south and west if they are watered abundantly either through rain or irrigation. As you move north, the growing times are a little longer and you really have to be careful not to let them sit over night in below freezing weather. Watch the weather forecast and if it is going to deep below thirty two degrees, then it is time to harvest the spaghetti squash.
You will know when to pick spaghetti squash (if a freezing night does not happen) when the gourds are full and tight. You can thump the spaghetti squash with your finger like you would thump a cantaloupe and find out if it is ready for picking. You will hear a solid sound. The squash should feel heavy and there should be no more room for growth within the gourd. If you decide to harvest your spaghetti squash too late, then you might find gourds that are split and may have dried portions on the inside. Once you harvest your spaghetti squash, you and your family will enjoy something that tastes as good as those carbohydrate laden noodles, but will not have to worry about the carbs because you are eating a vegetable.