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    How to Harvest and Store Summer Squash

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    Harvest summer squash young and tender. Harvest summer squash when the skin is glossy and soft enough to be easily pierced with your thumbnail. When to Harvest Summer Squash Summer squash is edible as soon as the skin is glossy and can be pierced with a thumbnail. Harvest zucchini, crookneck, and yellow squash when they […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Snap Beans

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    Harvest snap beans (also known as green or string beans) before the seeds swell in the pods when they are no more than the diameter of a pencil. Smaller beans can be served as tender, baby snap beans. When to Harvest Snap Beans Start your snap bean harvest about 2 to 3 weeks after the […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Eggplants

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    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 Peppers

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    Pepper can be harvested as soon as they are large enough to eat. Most mild and hot peppers take at least 70 days from transplanting to reach edible size and another 3 to 4 weeks to reach maturity. Some hot peppers take longer. If you know the variety of pepper you are growing (check the […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Cucumbers

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    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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    How to Harvest, Cure, and Store Winter Squash

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    Harvest winter squashes when they are mature. Winter squash is mature when its rind cannot be scratched with a thumbnail. Winter squashes include Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard, Banana, Buttercup, Spaghetti, and pumpkins. Winter squash refers to squash planted in spring, grown in summer, harvested in fall, and stored for winter use. Winter squashes require more days […] 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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    Cool-Weather Edibles for Fall and Spring Harvest

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    Salad greens, sweet root crops, and peas are cool-weather vegetables for fall and spring harvest. These edibles want to get their start in warm soil—either in the mid- or late-summer garden for autumn harvest or indoors or undercover for spring harvest; they eant to come out of the garden while temperatures are cool—averaging in the […] More

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    Broccoli for Cool Weather Harvest

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    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