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      Make the Most of Your Fall Harvest

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      Get bigger yields, betterflavor and more nutritional value from your vegetable garden with properharvesting.

      Pick beans when the pod is nearly full size but before the seedsbegin to bulge. Lumpy beans are edible,just not as tasty.

      Harvest cucumbers based on their use. Pick the fruit when it's 1 ½ to 2 ½ incheslong for sweet pickles, and 3 to 4 inches when making dills. Harvest slicingcucumbers when the skin is firm, bright green and the fruit is 6 to 9 incheslong.

      Misshapen and bitter flavored cucumbers are usually the result ofdrought, improper fertilization and large fluctuations in temperatures

      Peppers are ready to harvest when the pepper is firm and fullycolored. Leave them on the plant a bitlonger for a sweeter tasting pepper.

      Ripe tomatoes taste even better if left on the plant for an extra5 to 8 warm days.

      Increase your cabbageharvest without increasing your planting space and number of plants grown. Just change your harvesting habits.

      Remove full-sized cabbage by cutting justbeneath the head. Leave the lowerleaves, stem and roots intact, thenwait for 4 or 5 more heads to develop. Harvest these smaller heads when they are about 4 inches in diameter.

      Visit www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, videos, audio tips and more.

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