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    How to Harvest and Store Eggplants

    Eggplant Black Beauty

    Harvest eggplant young as soon as the skin becomes glossy. The flesh of young eggplant will be more tender and the seeds smaller. The plant will produce more fruit if kept picked. When to Harvest Eggplant Harvest eggplants when they are firm and glossy and big enough to eat—about one-third their maximum size. To test […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Cucumbers

    Cucumber on vine

    Cucumbers come to harvest quickly.  Six to seven weeks after planting, small cucumbers will begin to form. Pick the first cucumbers small; this will encourage the plants to produce more. When to Harvest Cucumbers Cucumbers can be harvested as soon as they are edible size. Harvest slicing cucumbers when bright, green, and firm and 6 […] More

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    Broccoli Harvest

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    Broccoli—planted last spring– will continue to grow until severe freezing temperatures arrive. Harvest broccoli when flower heads have formed, but while the florets are still in tight bud. Harvest the large main or top floret first. Once the main floret is cut, smaller florets develop in leaf axils or side shoots down the stem; in […] More

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    Kohlrabi Harvest

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    Lift kohlrabi from your garden when the mid-stem bulbs swell to 2 to 3 inches in diameter. (Turnips that form bulbs below the soil are best harvested at about the same size.) Don’t let kohlrabi bulbs grow much larger or they will rapidly become woody. Lift kohlrabi bulbs gently or cut them off just above […] More

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    Broccoli for Cool Weather Harvest

    Broccoli central flower head

    Broccoli is best—bigger and most flavorfully sweet—when it reaches maturity in cool weather. Mid- to late-summer is a good time to plant broccoli—the cool days and nights of autumn will arrive in the weeks before the tight florets of broccoli are ready for cutting. Broccoli is frost tolerant—so even if it turns unexpectedly cold, you […] More