Harvest Instructions

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Tomatoes can be harvested when they begin to show color, as they will continue to ripen. However, the closer you can get to vine-ripened the better the flavor will be.

Bird damage usually becomes a concern at this stage. Birds love to peck holes in the fruit. Some gardeners say they're after water, so try placing some pans of water in the garden. Others claim red ornaments will fake the birds out and they will go away. Putting plastic owls in the garden (move them around every few days) and covering the plants with bird netting (just before harvest time) are other techniques to try.



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