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Melinda's Garden Moment: The perfect time to pick

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Increase your harvest and flavor without adding more space to the garden.

Pick leaf lettuce when the outer leaves are 4 to 6 inches. The plant will keep producing. Use the same technique with Swiss chard. Harvest just the outer leaves when 8 to 10 inches. The plant will keep producing and looking good all season long. Place your harvest in a bucket of water to keep it fresh.

Remove just the full size firm head of cabbage. Leave the lowest leaves and stem intact. Several smaller heads will develop. That's a lot of cabbage from one plant.

Remove just the main head of broccoli when the flowerbuds are tight and bright blue-green. Then harvest the smaller side shoots that continue to develop on the plant.

Harvest eggplant when the fruit are full size, skin glossy. Gently press and release. If just a small indentation remains, it is ready to harvest.

Check out Melinda's Myers website for more gardening tips.

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