When should I harvest my summer squash?

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When should I harvest my summer squash?

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Harvest zucchini and other long-fruited summer squash varieties when the fruit are 1½ to 2 inches in diameter and 6 to 8 inches long.  Scalloped types are best when 3 to 5 inches in diameter.  Fruit should have soft skins (rinds) that are easy to puncture with a fingernail.  Seeds should be soft and edible.  Harvest plants frequently for continuous production and to prevent fruit from becoming too large and less palatable.  

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