Gardeners know that the best way to keep production up is to keep picking that produce.
Summer squash, cukes, and peppers will stop producing once you let them mature and go to seed. Some garden veggies like parsnips actually taste sweeter if nipped by that first hard frost. Broccoli heads should be cut at an angle to prevent water collection that leads to decomposition.
Slipping clear sandwich bags over tomatoes will ward off those pesky hungry squirrels. Extra green tomatoes can be wrapped in newspaper until needed. Hard-neck garlic should be planted by end of October for next August harvest.
Jo Bjerke is a master gardener. She lives in Virginia, MN.