It's time to harvest tomatoes, extend the vegetable growing season and evaluate your garden for what worked this summer and needs attention next year.

Growing a vegetable garden can be pretty straightforward: You prepare the soil, plant the seeds or seedlings, and stand back. Knowing when to harvest the produce is a whole other matter, especially if you are new to gardening. Here is a guide to the correct timing for picking most veggies:

Gardening is a year-round activity for our family. Although many people traditionally think of growing food as a spring-time pursuit, the reality is that, in mild Vancouver, vegetables can be harvested almost year-round. Cold weather improves the flavour of many crops.

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