How to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit

It’s a special treat to grow your own vegetables and fruit. You may be itching to pull that not-quite-red tomato or unripened strawberry off the vine and give it a bite, but hold off. Waiting for the right time to harvest vegetables and fruit may require patience, but it will be worth it in the end.

Each plant is different, and the time it takes for fruit to ripen varies, so how do you know when it is the right time to harvest? What is the correct way to harvest?

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In mid to late summer, when your harvest is coming in for your spring-sown crop, it’s also time to sow your next crop. See How to succeed with succession planting.

Learn how to preserve and dry your fruits, herbs, and veggies:

Guide to Drying Herbs

Canning Tomatoes

Make Fruit Preserves