How & When to Pick Beans & Tomatoes in your Garden

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Learn how and when to pick beans and tomatoes in your garden in this free video on low maintenance gardening. View Video Transcript

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Doug Smiddy

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I'm Doug Smiddy of Smiddy's Gardening Services here on behalf of and welcome to my garden. Today we're here to talk about low maintenance gardening. Now it's time to start harvesting some of our plants. We're going to harvest the tomato and some beans and I'm just going to show you the timing of that cause you want to get that right. Now, as you can see we have green tomatoes, find a pick, some people love fried green tomatoes they're really tasty. These orange tomatoes are not quiet ready yet. Think about how they would look in a supermarket and that'll give you a good idea when to pick a tomato. Now, I'm looking at this plant and I see one that will be great to have with dinner tonight and that's going to be this one here. Now, going back to this one for a second, if I try to pull that off it's not ready to come off. It's very stiff, it's very attached in the plant, that's another way to tell it's not ready and it's also very hard you want it to be kind of soft. But again, going back to the color, just about when it's about that color is when you want to do it and kind of grab the branch you're pulling it from and twist and pull at the same time it should come off very, very easily with just like that. Boy is it going to be good! Now we're going to harvest some beans. I grow pole beans because my garden is small and what I like to do is kind of climb up and start looking through the branches. Now it's not the length of the bean that matters it's the diameter of the bean. What I like to do is pick the bean that hasn't gone to seed, isn't going to be too bumpy and it's going to be about the diameter of a pencil. So we're going to look through here and see what we can find. Let's see here's a couple right here, you want to expose them and they usually grow in clumps. You'll usually see 1, 2, 3, maybe more and I'm going to pick one off, again hold the branch that you're pulling it from and just kind of pinch it off and you can see it's not a very fat bean, it doesn't have a lot of bumps in it and the seeds haven't formed yet and up here again there's going to be a few more that we can pick and look around. On the opposite end of the spectrum you can see these beans here and I'm going to pick one off so you can see it better. It's a little early it's okay to have these but I don't think they've really developed their full flavor yet but you know what they're still pretty good. Now I just want to see if I can find one on here that's gone by, it might not be as tasty and here we go, here's a couple right here. I'll pull both of those off. Now as you can see, see those bumps in there? That's where the seed has started to form, they're okay but they're not going to be really good. So again I think the ideal time when you pick a bean is when it's just like that.