KUSA - If you're growing your first vegetable garden, you need to learn about harvesting.
Beets, carrots and onions are easy. You pull them. Other vegetables may be a bit trickier. When in doubt, use scissors or pruners, If you just twist or yank, you may to damage the plants. I use scissors for peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Beans are easiest to snap off between the thumb and forefinger. After picking, I refrigerate vegetables that dehydrate quickly in plastic bags, such as peppers, beets, carrots and eggplants.
It's important to keep picking vegetables as they ripen so the plants continue to bloom and produce.
Herbs are usually hung upside down to dry after picking. Oregano, dill, basil, thyme and mint may all be dried in this manner. Use a clothes drying rack or decorative herb drying hanging ring. After they are thoroughly dried, store them in airtight plastic or glass containers to help retain their taste.
With the soil still retaining heat, it's possible to plant fall crops of spinach, lettuce and radish. Use seeds or transplants from the nursery. Seeds will germinate quickly. Keep them moist and you'll have fresh salad ingredients throughout fall.
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