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Harvesting and Storing Vegetables

Picking fresh produce is always rewarding, and the taste of home-grown vegetables cannot be beaten, but it is important to harvest crops correctly to prevent damage. This way, waste is minimized and productivity continues.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Gently Pull Aside Soil from Potato Plant with Fork
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Lifting Potatoes

Once the plants have flowered, gently pull aside the soil and turn it over with a fork, picking up potatoes as you go. Dig about 12 inches from the stem to prevent the tubers from being damaged.

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