Posted: Sep 25, 2012 11:15 AM
Get bigger yields, better flavor, and more nutritional value from your vegetable garden with proper harvesting.
Pick beans when the pod is nearly full size but before the seeds begin to bulge. Lumpy beans are edible, just not as tasty.
Harvest cucumbers based on their use. Pick the fruit when its 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches long for sweet pickles, and 3 to 4 inches when making dills. Harvest slicing cucumbers when the skin is firm, bright green and the fruit is 6 to 9 inches long.
Misshapen and bitter flavored cucumbers are usually the result of drought, improper fertilization, and large fluctuations in temperatures
Peppers are ready to harvest when the pepper is firm and fully colored. Leave them on the plant a bit longer for a sweeter tasting pepper.
Ripe tomatoes taste even better if left on the plant for an extra 5 to 8 warm days.