Questions about Delicata
I have a delicata taking over my smallish garden in Zone 5, Western MA. I am wondering when these babies are ready to eat. They are currently the size I see in the market, but they are still creamy white, not turning golden yet. The tag only said Delicata, no names or variety mentioned. Some pics I have seen on line of a Delicata are creamy white....might this be ready?
I also wonder about snipping off the new, small squashes as the end of summer approaches. My thinking is that the new babies will never reach maturity before frost and perhaps diverting the plant's energy to what is already a decent size would be a good idea. Of course, if I could harvest a few, that would help, too.
And finally, I am wondering about cutting the vines to keep them from growing into the aisles of my community garden. The vines are pushing 10 feet and I just don't have anywhere else to go with them. Any advice on a haircut?