'Volunteer' gourd, now what?
I spend most of my time at the Farm Forum, but was thrilled to find Garden Web has a Gourd Forum.
An unidentified vine came up in my garden earlier this spring. It could have been anything, but I let it grow just for fun. It turns out it's what I believe is called a Gooseneck Gourd (green and white, large 'head' at the top, curved 'neck' and bigger round bottom). I bought one last year for decoration and my daughter evidentally saved a few seeds when it got moldy and needed to be thrown away.
My question: When to harvest it, and how to keep it from getting moldy like the one I bought last year? It's now easily as big as the one I bought in October of last year. I seems early for it to be ripe.
Any help you can give would be much appreciated.