Yesterday, I cooked and ate an acorn squash from the plant that grew from the old compost bin. I wish I could say it was great, but it was just OK.
"What did you expect?" said Mr. Flossie. "It grew out of garbage."
I scoffed mightily at him being so out of touch with nature, but continued to wonder why it was just OK. I was perhaps overly excited and picked it too soon. The Interweb said to pick an acorn squash when the yellow dot on the skin turns orange. I have to confess it was still mostly yellow. Also, this may be an old plant that has been in the compost bin for years. (I vaguely recall a squash plant appearing last year, but not producing any squash.) Except aren't squash plants annuals? Maybe it's a mutant.
One site on the Internets that I read too late said that winter squash should cure in the sun for seven to ten days after harvesting. Maybe I'll try that next time.