Questions about when and how to harvest crops.

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How should I cut an Aloe vera plant for extracting juice?

I am about to buy an Aloe vera plant for extracting its juice. I have heard that a leaf needs to be cut so that juice can be extracted from it. My questions are: How should I cut the leaf without ...
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Is there a difference in harvesting beans for food or seed?

So other than peas and green beans, I haven't grown beans yet. When you grow beans that are typically stores as dry beans (ex. Black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, pintos, etc.) is there any ...
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When is the best time to harvest my persimmons?

After 8 years, I finally got my persimmon to grow 13 big fruits this year. They started to turn yellow and are pretty hard to touch. My leaves are mostly green. When is the best time to harvest the ...
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Why are my calaloo leaves turning red, and are they still safe?

I am growing my own Calaloo in Canada from seeds obtained in Jamaica. As the plant matures the leaves are starting to turn red. Has anyone heard of this and are they OK to eat after they turn red?
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What is this vegetable in my garden?

I planted butternut squash and this is what has been growing. They are between 12 and 13 inches long and 12 to 14 inches around at the largest point. They have not turned tan at all. Please let me ...
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How do I dry Hydrangeas to preserve as much color as possible?

I have blue to purple hydrangeas and would like to dry them. I have tried hanging them upside down, standing in a vase, cutting and rinsing the stems then drying in a vase. Nothing seems to leave as ...
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When should peaches be picked?

I recently discovered a peach tree at my office. It's right there, and started bearing fruit a few weeks back. Some peaches started falling off, so I picked a bunch to bring home before they fell. ...
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Pear trees, time from blossom to harvest?

I have some very old pear trees. The orchard has had 75-100 years of neglect. There has been no irrigation. Julian normally has little to no rain May-Sept but this year there was rain n May and two ...
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First time grower of Spinach - first harvest went well, now the plant is unweildly

This is my first year at a garden and I have some bloomsdale spinach I planted mid-May and had a nice harvest about 3 weeks ago: lots of leaves big and small, very bushy, tasted delicious. The plants ...
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Accidentally pulled fruit spurs during harvest

I was harvesting cherries and wasn't aware until after that I should NOT pull off the fruit spurs. I harvested quite a bit. I feel bad. Is the damage permanent? Will they grow back?
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When should I harvest balsam for balsam bags?

I've found plenty of information about when to harvest balsam for making wreaths, but I really don't care about if the needles stay attached - I'm actually interested in if there are specific times ...
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Did I pick the black mondo grass seeds too early?

The seeds I picked are large and mostly black. Most of the green is not visible anymore. When I squeeze them to remove the pulp, the entire berry squashes. Can I dry them out to harden the seed or are ...
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Is “Days to Harvest” measured from planting date or sprouting date?

I have several Ferry-Morse seed packets, which, on the back, show what the expected "Days to Harvest" is. I am wondering if this "Days to Harvest" should be measured from the date I planted the seeds ...
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How to harvest whole walnuts of a tall tree in one day? [closed]

This picture show a walnut harvest machine. But I think this machine is useful for walnut trees that are around 10 meters height. I don't know which kind of machine is appropriate for trees around ...
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Will a 1/2" tap hole injure a maple tree?

I'm planning to tap a maple tree in my yard this year and have hand carved a spile from a small piece of cherry I had in the garage. Most online materials I've found recommend drilling a hole 5/16" - ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

Is it okay to let the basil leaves "age"? Like the leaves at the lower part of the stem. I pinch back my basil plant at the top, so the leaves at the bottom doesn't get touched and grow larger. I have ...
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What is yield of a tea tree? [closed]

I would like to plan plantation of tea. I would like to know how much tea a tea tree would yield. What is the quantity / frequency?
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What is a desiccant and is it helpful when saving annual Snapdragon seeds for the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and harvested some Snapdragon seeds to save for planting next spring. I've never done this, but have been told to let them dry, seal them in something airtight such as an ...
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How often can I harvest coppiced black-locusts?

I would like to coppice some black locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia) for fence post production. The conditions are fairly good. This is USDA hardiness zone 6b, with good clay based topsoil, and ...
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How long after full coloring do I harvest grapes?

I always harvested our juice grapes (concord) soon after full coloring, but I recently met someone who leaves theirs on until they begin to soften, many weeks later. Is there a certain time to ...
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How does one harvest aloe vera leaves?

I grow a few large Aloe vera plants which I'm interested in harvesting regularly during the summer months. What percentage of the foliage should be removed at each harvest for highest production? ...
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What can I do with unripe tomatoes when prepping a bed for winter?

I have about 12-14 healthy tomato plants that I have uprooted and chopped up to till back in for their nutrients, but I'm wondering if I can do anything with the 20+ green (unripe) tomatoes that ...
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Is there a way to harvest my chilli peppers for the best possible heat?

We have a few chilli pepper plants (I'm afraid I don't know what kind as the seed packet was unfortunately lost) but I don't know when the best time is to pick them so that they will be as spicy as ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

I live in central Ohio, zone 6a. Last year I harvested my carrots right after Labor Day (first Monday of September) and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm ...
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Can I still use the mint leaves after the plant has flowered?

I have been gone a few weeks. Now my mint has all flowered. Can I still use the leaves? I want to make a batch of mint jelly.
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How to cut optimally the basil on my balcony?

My context: I have a basil in a pot which is unfortunately not very big. I like to cook with basil and sometimes I cut some leafs. My question: Is there a way to cut the leafs in order to maximize ...
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How long does Spinach produce?

I am gardening for the first time, and so far so good! We have planted a few spinach plants, and have harvest three times from them in the last month. How long will the spinach continue to grow and ...
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How much time do tomatoes take to ripen?

I planted some tomato plants in August in pots with 70% soil and 30% organic vermicompost. Plants started to fruit from mid November, but even today those tomatoes are very small and green (and hard). ...
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When and how should I harvest galangal?

I was given some galangal a couple of years ago, which is now thriving in my garden. Is there a best time/season to harvest galangal, and can one just retrieve a small portion of the rhizome as ...
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Can pak choi be re-grown?

I know that pak choi can be grown as a "cut and keep" plant, but can I regrow it from the base of the plant, as can be done with celery? If so, how?
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How to handle this chili plant?

This Chili was a present and i am not really good with plants actually they keep dying. But I want this one to stay alive. So I have the following questions. What is this plant? (I know a Chili, ...
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How can I determine when to pick a cucumber that is spiny?

We have a friend who occasionally brings us vegetable plants, as she has her own garden/farm thing that she cultivates plants to sell to restaurants. This time around, she brought us some tiny red and ...
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What should I do with unharvested berries on my loganberry plant?

I've inherited a loganberry bush, and failed to harvest a crop of berries before they shriveled up. What should I do now? Is there any benefit in picking them anyway? Would that encourage a new crop? ...
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Is eye-level coppicing of trees unique to Turkey, and what species are typically involved?

When travelling in Turkey some years ago, I noticed many trees (25-40cm diameter) that appeared to have been heavily pruned at a height of around 2m. Only just before leaving did I realise that this ...
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How do you tell when pumpkins are ready to harvest?

I have several large pumpkins on a vine but am not sure when to pick them. I have heard they are similar to potatoes in that you wait till the vine starts to die before harvesting.
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End of the Season Mint

Well I have two parent mint plants and both of them lost all of their leaves and sprouted up about 50 new sprouts that are growing great, but the original parent plants still don't have leaves. Should ...
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Is it better to pick herbs from the top or bottom of the plant?

I have a basil plant in my garden that has plenty of leaves. Should I pick the leaves/stems from the bottom of the tree or the top? Does this apply to most herbs like cilantro or parsley?
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When to harvest chilis? What happens if I don't? How can I store them?

My last chili experiment was some 5 years ago, when the dried results started to use up. So I went to buy 2 chili plants (habanero & jalapeno, both F1 hybrids) this European spring - and the ...
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Will onion sets overwinter in USDA zone 4?

I have garlic, and ornamental onions and chives planted. They overwinter, how about those bargain onion sets I bought? I planted the bag of twenty or thirty but it was a dry summer and those I ...
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How do I know when hydroponic lettuce is ready to be harvested?

I will be growing lettuce hydroponically using an NFT system and HO 54w T5 6500k lights. I will be using an organic nutrient solution (AN Iguana Grow) as well. I have ordered some certified organic ...
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How do I tell when an eggplant is ready to be picked?

In the past I've had eggplant in my garden but my parents had always taken care of harvesting them since I don't eat it. This year I'm growing a couple for them and have some fairly large fruit on the ...
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How to have constant supply of dill throughout summer?

I really like dill, so I would like to have a constant supply of it in my garden. However, every time I sow dill, it grows and has some leaves, eventually flowers and I am left without any of it. ...
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Harvesting wrinkled jalapeños

After returning home from vacation I found many of my jalapeƱos to be wrinkled and shriveled up. I suspect they are a couple of weeks past ripe, though I'm new to gardening so I don't know. Is it safe ...
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How much of a kale plant must be left when harvesting outer leaves?

This is our first year growing kale and although it is not large enough to harvest yet, it has been growing rapidly during the last two hot weeks. When it reaches a size that we are able to begin ...
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How should I harvest Basil leaves as to be least harmful to the plant?

I have a small basil plant similar to this one: Mine's actually a bit smaller, but well. I cut leafs off it for cooking but I try to keep the plant healthy by not using up more than can grow back. ...
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Is spinach which has bolted as unusable as bolted lettuce?

Bolted lettuce is famously unusable because your sweet salad leaves turn bitter. But does the same apply to spinach? It's a lettuce type crop (and equally prone to bolting in hot weather) but it's ...
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When are ground cherries ripe?

I've got some Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries fruiting on me, but I don't know when to pick them. I've never planted them before. I've picked a few and they don't taste very good so I'm thinking ...
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Mushrooms sprouting for the first time, should I gather them or let them be?

In the spring I "sow" some mushrooms in a shady part of my garden - Blewitt (Lepista nuda), Wine Cap (Stropharia rugosoannulata) and Elm Mushroom (Hypsizygus ulmarius). The mushroom spawn I sow came ...
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How many spears can I expect from an average asparagus plant ready for harvest?

Pictures of young asparagus plants seem to indicate multiple spears will come from a single plant. But pictures of mature plants are harder to interpret. I want to know so that I can determine how ...
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What is the proper way to harvest Chamomile flowers?

I have some Chamomile plants that have started to flower and I would like to use them to for tea, but I am unsure of how. 1. When should I pick the flowers? 2. Do they need to be dried to be used? ...