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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Harvesting and Storing Vegetables
July 28, 2011

Most vegetables are best eaten as soon as possible after harvesting. Pick them in the early morning or evening, not in the heat of the day. Root vegetables will keep for a longer time if stored carefully.

Onions, shallots, garlic, and potatoes are among the produce that can last into the winter. Discard any damaged vegetables because they will not keep. Store potatoes in paper sacks or bags, not plastic. Hang your onions, garlic, and shallots somewhere cool, dry, and well ventilated. Store root vegetables like carrots in wooden boxes packed with damp sand.

Beans, peas, cauliflower, and broccoli among others are suitable for freezing. Wash, trim, and blanch in boiling water for a few minutes. Then bag them up and freeze immediately. Tomatoes can be frozen and even though they may turn a little mushy, make delicious sauce.

Oils and vinegars can be flavored with herbs, garlic, and chili peppers. Many other vegetables are suitable for pickling or preserving.

Visit our Greenhouse staff for any questions regarding vegetable gardening and remember to continue feeding for maximum harvest.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.