Gardening tip: Harvesting zucchini and squash

Check zucchini and yellow summer squash vines regularly to keep on top of the harvest. Zucchinis and squash should be no more than 12 inches long before cutting and preferably six to eight inches. Use a sharp knife or hand pruners for harvesting. Fruit that is too large declines in flavor and causes production to drop. Keep the vines well watered.

Adrian Higgins

Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."

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