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I have sugar snap peas and 3 varieties if beans that will be ready to harvest soon. I have never known just how to harvest the fruit…do I cut it off mid-stem, leaving just a stub, before the stem begins, or what? I woudl like to take good care of the plants, in hopes they will continue to produce throughout the season.

You take the whole pea or bean. Look at fresh green beans in your supermarket produce section to see how much of the stem is normally left when harvesting. Each and every fruit and vegetable has a different way of harvesting. While some fruits and vegetables are similar, there is not one general rule for harvesting all types of fruits or vegetables. Visit our Garden How-To Guide for all of your gardening questions.
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