Garden Gal wrote:have a few eggplants, and cukes that are a nice size, but I'm wondering how long I should leave them on the vine before I harvest them? Is there such a thing as leaving them too long?
If you leave them a little too long, they will most likely be a little tough but still edible. It's better to pull them a little early than late, depending on what you are growing.
From my (limited) experience, I pull stuff from my garden a little bit sooner than what the seed package says. I rarely get stuff the size of what they are "supposed" to be. Basically if they look fresh and healthy and nearly full size, I pull them.