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FRUITS should have good colour but many will con­tinue to ripen af­ter har­vest, and keep bet­ter that way, too. Pick when two-thirds are coloured for a happy medium be­tween ripeness and longevity.

LEAFY GREENS need to be picked be­fore flow­ers de­velop or “go to seed” as then they taste bit­ter. Fast and fu­ri­ous grow­ing is best, us­ing liq­uid fer­tiliser. Har­vest at the base of each leaf.

ROOT VEG are hard to judge! Care­fully lift a few and then gauge by the size how much longer you have to wait. Don’t wash off all the soil – they keep best in a cool dark place cov­ered with some dirt.

LEGUMES such as peas and beans need care­ful pick­ing (with a sharp knife) reg­u­larly. The more you pick, the more you get! Pick ten­der young pods, ma­ture pods and, late in sea­son, dried pods for soups and stews or as next year’s seeds.

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