well, finally maybe I have found a spot to get some info on the squash i have growing in my garden. I planted banana and butternut squash, and they are all over the place that's for sure. I have picked 3 banana squash already ( I live in CA). They looked good to me. They were a little stringy inside, but they tasted great. I have butternut squash all over, also. One split open today, and I checked it out to see what it looked like. I think it was almost ripe, but still a little green around where the seeds are, and a little green running thru the flesh. I am pretty sure I planted them in the first part of May. Some people say they are ripe when the stem dries. Is that true? The plants are still very green, and some are still blooming. Is it possible for them to get overripe? Do they cross pollinate? I find some of them to have more stripes than others. I think I only planted one package of seed (like Burpee's from the grocery store). I have a lot of gourds and pumpkins planted, also. Lets hope they don't cross with the gourds , oh no!. If anyone can help me out here, I would surely appreciate it. thanks so much.