22 vegetable harvesting tips

Use our no-fail guide to harvesting your crops when they’re in their prime

Sweet corn

Sweet corn

After the visible silks have withered, pull back husks and pop a kernel with your thumbnail. If ripe, it will squirt a milky juice. Watery liquid means that the corn is immature; a toothpaste consistency means it’s past its prime. Eat corn as soon as possible after you pick—within hours, if not minutes.

More: How to grow sweet corn

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