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 produce? Read these harvesting tips for five seasonal favorites – tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, melons and cucumbers.

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Ripe tomatoes should be firm and uniform in color when ready to harvest. 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.

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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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