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Time to Harvest?

It’s easy to tell if certain fruit, vegetables, and herbs are ready for harvest; others require a little more investigation. Some tips:

Harvest when the treetops are dark blue-green and tightly closed. If the underside of the top turns yellow, you’ve waited too long. See our broccoli page.

Harvest the first delectable little potatoes when plants have just bloomed. For more-mature potatoes, wait until the foliage has died down. See our potato page.

Summer Squashes
Yellow squashes and zucchini are at their best when they’re 4 inches long. Pick them young. Plenty more will follow. See our squash page.

See our printable Ripeness Guide to tell when it’s time!

Quick Clicks

• Find out how to store your harvest.
• Interested in building a root cellar? See how.
• See our list of 40 garden-fresh recipes!

Expert Advice

Something “buggin’” your plants? Experiment with your own homemade organic pest control spray. Mix together 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 1 gallon warm water in a watering can or sprayer.

Visit our pests page for advice on Japanese beetles, tomato hornworms, and other bugs!

Cool in the very furnace of July
The water-meadows lie;
The green stalks of their grasses and their flowers
They still refresh at fountains never dry.

-John Drinkwater (1882–1937)

Blog: Gardening Lessons

This gardening season, what little things have you learned along the way? Here are few "lessons" learned by one beginning gardener. See what other readers have to say and share your own learnings! See blog.

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

A collection of Active Lifestyle Products worth $140 from the
Tender Corporation, Littleton, NH.

Summer Wonder
There are many superstitions about summer thunder.

Some believe that it will frighten the beans into growing.

Others say that thunder in the morning brings wind, while a noon thunder brings rain and an evening thunder brings a tempest.

If there’s lightning without thunder, fair weather is on the way.

As for wind direction, “Thunder and lightning in the summer show, / The point from which the freshening breeze will blow.”

Will it be stormy in your region? We’ve now posted July and August long-range weaather forecasts. Or, check out your local 7-day forecasts.

We love this garden hand scrub!

The fresh scents of clary sage, lemon thyme, and orange blossom create a refreshing aroma in this hand scrub made by Stonewall Kitchen.

Made from ground apricot seeds and crushed walnut shells, it gently and thoroughly cleanses while leaving your hands and body feeling soothed.

Our price is only $9.95 for a 16.9-ounce bottle.