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Melinda's Garden Moment: Harvesting tips for greater productivity

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MADISON (WKOW) -- You can get more veggies from your garden without making your garden bigger.  Gardening expert Melinda Myers shows us how.

Her first suggestion is to pick leaf lettuce when the outer leaves are 4 to 6 inches, this way the plant will keep producing.  You can also do this with Swiss chard, harvest when the outer leaves are 8 to 10 inches.

Her second suggestion is to remove just the full size firm head of cabbage. Leave the lowest leaves and stem in tact.  This way several smaller heads will develop and you'll get a lot of cabbage from just one plant.

Her third suggestion is to remove just the main head of broccoli when the flower buds are tight and bright blue-green.  Then you will get smaller side shoots that will continue to grow on the plant.

You can learn one more tip by watching the video above, or you can visit Melinda's website.

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