Now that your garden is planted, whether in containers or raised beds, you’re just waiting for the fruits of your labor. But how can you tell when it’s time to start harvesting summer veggies?

Tips for Harvesting Tomatoes

Tomatoes: Ripe tomatoes should be firm and uniform in color. During hot weather, tomatoes soften quickly, so pick them often even if they are slightly immature. If a killing frost is predicted, go ahead and bring in the green tomatoes. Those that have started to lose their chlorophyll (light green or yellow in color) will ripen off the vine. Immature green tomatoes can be used for relish or chow-chow.

Tips for Harvesting Peppers

Peppers: Hot peppers can be picked at any time. Sweet or bell varieties need to mature on the plant. These are ready to harvest when they reach 3 to 4 inches in length, are firm to the touch and have even color depending on the variety – whether green, red, purple, orange or yellow.

Tips for Harvesting Squash

Summer Squash: Gather summer squash when they are young and tender, about 4 to 5 inches in length. Old, large fruits with tough skins should be removed from the vine and thrown away. This will encourage more flowers and fruit. Patty pan squash is ready at 3 to 4 inches in diameter with skin still soft enough to puncture. With the exception of Hubbard, squash should be cut with about 1 inch of the stem.

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  1. I would like information to help me establish a above the ground garden (34 in high), I am curious about what mix of soil to use. I would also like directions for planting depths. I will take a online site and read their with you suggestions. I love to garden however I injured my back in the service and cannot bend over for extended periods this garden suits me well. I came from Gronomics. Thanks you for your assistance,

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