22 vegetable harvesting tips

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



Thump the melon—you want to hear a hollow sound—and check the underside for a pale yellow (not white) spot. Also make sure the tendrils where the melon attaches to the stem have darkened and withered. Watermelons don’t sweeten after they’re picked, so don’t harvest too early­.

More: How to grow watermelon


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