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.