You’ve been hard at work in your garden all summer long, and now you’re finally ready to enjoy the fruits—and veggies—of your labor. But if you’re not sure whether something is ready to pick or not, be on the lookout for these clues:
- Try to pick your vegetables in the morning, when their sugar content is highest.
- If the plants are wet, give them time to dry off. (Wet plants are more likely to spread disease.)
- Take your time and work carefully, because bruised or scratched vegetables spoil quickly, and damaged plants are sitting ducks for pests and diseases.
- Use your fingers to pick thin-stemmed vegetables like peas and beans, and ones that slip easily from the vine like tomatoes.
- Use a sharp knife or clippers to cut tough- or brittle-stemmed crops. Veggies like cabbage, peppers, broccoli, eggplant, and squash can be damaged badly if you try to pull or tear them from their stems.
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