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Don’t wait too long to harvest vegetables from the garden
July 7, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. – When garden produce is ready, don't hesitate too long before you harvest.
"Regular picking encourages fruiting vegetable plants such as cucumbers, squash, bush beans, peppers, broccoli, and eggplant to produce more," explained Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service.
Don't let that big one get away. Pick all the fruits, because even a few mature fruits on a cucumber plant will stop new fruit from setting. For example, once a zucchini starts going to seed, the plant is triggered into a different growing stage and won't develop any more squash.
Look for the following qualities when harvesting vegetables:
|Bush beans:||Pick when two to three inches long.|
Source: Ross Penhallegon