Handle with care: Hard-shelled winter squashes are often softies (Washington Post)

Handle with care: Hard-shelled winter squashes are often softies (Washington Post)
The longer that squash remains in the garden, the greater the risk, said Alexandra Stone, a horticulturist with Oregon State University. “Once they reach that harvestable stage, it is best to get them out of the field, as they are prone to sunburn, rodent damage, cracking and other problems,” she said.