How NOT to Harvest: An Illustrated Guide

It’s harvest time! Hooray!

Time to run out to the garden and hack and slash your way to the promised land, right?


There are actually many incorrect ways to approach your harvest, and luckily for you, we’re here to help. If you want to make sure you arrive safely on the other side of this season with the best quality product possible, check out our illustrated guide on the do’s and don’ts of harvesting below.

Disclaimer: The following mistakes were made by an untrained amateur. To avoid potential damage, injury, or shame, don’t try these at home.

Black and white illustration of gardener swinging scythe at plants

Don’t harvest with reckless abandon.

Look, we know you’re excited. You’ve been waiting for months to finally enjoy the results of all your hard work.

Don’t ruin it by rushing in all willy-nilly. Take a moment to learn the proper way to harvest whatever it is you’re growing. That way you’ll preserve the quality of your product and avoid impaling yourself.

Don’t use the wrong tools for trimming.

When you’re breaking down your harvest for consumption, don’t just grab whatever you have lying around, or you might end up with nothing but crumbs.

For bulk trim jobs that’ll preserve the quality of your product, we recommend the Trim Bag, a collapsible, bladeless, handheld dry trimmer specifically designed for herbs.

Don’t trim your back out.

Fine-tuning your harvest sometimes requires trimming by hand, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in an uncomfortable position.

Harvest More’s ergonomic Trim Bin saves your back during those long hours of trimming thanks to its high walls and rounded edges, making trim sessions much more chill.

Don’t clean your scissors like you clean yourself.

Yeah, we know that long trimming sessions can leave your scissors gooey and sticky, but that doesn’t mean you should take them along for spa time.

Instead, let Harvest More’s Scissor Scrubber do the work. This portable scrub-a-dub system comes with a rubber squeegee and removable brushes, allowing you to quickly revitalize your scissors for their next big job.

Don’t preserve your product like a mad scientist.

Jars of formaldehyde and musty basements are great for brains and eyeballs, but not for your valuable harvest.

Preserve the quality of your product with Left Coast Turkey Bags, which protect against oxidation, cross-contamination, and pests with their smell-proof, triple-layered clear nylon.

Be sure to include Boveda Humidity Control Packs to maintain the optimal level of moisture and extend the life of your harvest.

If you’ve made it to the end of our illustrated guide, you are now well equipped to avoid some common, and not-so-common, harvesting mistakes that can ruin all your hard work.

Pat yourself on the back for taking the time to do things right, and take comfort in the fact that GardenTap is always here to help you be the best grower you can be, start to finish.
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