I beg to differ. Much as we are used to our harvests being mechanically aided for a couple of hundreds of years, there is no such implication. For example, apples and many other fruits are harvested by hand. A quick google turned up this from the US Environmental Protection website:The term "harvested" implies the use of a machine
Collected, gathered, cut, picked... can either be by hand or by machine.
I'm sorry if you felt I was giving you a lesson. What I wanted to do was simply to show that when you said "The term "harvested" implies the use of a machine", what you had given was your opinion, rather than a statement of fact. Which is, I feel, important for the other readers/users of this dictionary.Thanks for your English lesson.
I have no problem with that at all. I certainly agree with you that neither your wife nor I would "harvest" flowers from the gardenI would still only use the term "harvest" to indicate some sort of large scale activity. I would not say "My wife went out to the garden to harvest some flowers for the Dining Room table!"