It’s obvious that harvesting ripe squashes, cucumbers, and tomatoes will result in meals.
Some plants require harvesting to stay healthy and continue producing. Peas and beans left to rot on the vine signal the plant that it’s time to die. Continually picking these tasty morsels keeps more coming.
When lettuces bolt and basil plants flower, the results can be tough, bitter leaves. But not right away. When harvesting, select bolting lettuces and flowering basil to get delicious food before it becomes inedible.