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Questions tagged [harvesting]

Questions about when and how to harvest crops.

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How can I have lettuce growing year-round?

I've got this lettuce, similar to the red leaf, ruffly variety. It seems to grow only during summer and autumn. I can't coax it into sprouting from the seeds I harvest at any other time of year, which ...
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what is the right time for harvesting broccoli?

This is my first time growing broccolis. My broccolis started to have very small bluish head and then they started to get more yellow without getting "big enough" (as compared to the broccolis I have ...
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Will butternut squash ripen if taken off the vine?

The vine is dying for some reason and there are a lot of squash on it. Will they ripen if taken off the dying vine or should I just leave them on the vine to lay in the sun on the dying vine?
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How to pinch off small harvests from thyme plants?

I am planning on harvesting my thyme. The thyme plants, 7 week-old since planting (seed pod going in a hydroponic system), are short and tiny compared to other herbs. I'd like to harvest some sprigs ...
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How do I know when to take butternut off the vine?

My family recently added butternut to the selection of fruit and vegetable plants in the garden. The plants are in a reasonably sized pot, growing onto concrete at one side and an earth/stubbly grass ...
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When to harvest lettuce seeds

I am growing lettuce for the first time in. I have harvested a few lettuce leaves and the plant is now flowering. The flowers have been for around 20 days now. I wanted to save he seeds from this ...
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Can a Japanese Maple Tree be Tapped for Sap to be Used in Syrup?

I have a large Japanese Maple tree (about twenty feet tall) in my yard and am wondering if it can be tapped for sap to be made into syrup. Is this possible or would it just be a waste or taste bad? ...
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Mushroom growing, when to harvest champignons?

I am having a small experimental box with brown champignons in my basement. It already had two great waves of mushrooms, but it seems I waited too long because they all were opened up already. When I ...
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Do ground cherries ripen after picking?

I read that you should let ground cherries physalis pruinosa, also known as Stawberry Tomato, fall to the ground and then pick them. It is going to freeze and the plant is loaded with fruit. If I ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

I don't know whether I should ask this question here or not, but I could not find any stackexchange website related to agriculture, so I found this website most near to agriculture, and I think that ...
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Why did my potatoes not grow?

I planted red and new potatoes in early May. They were planted 6-8 inches deep. The potatoes were sprouted potatoes from our local hardware store. Our soil is heavy clay but the potatoes were planted ...
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Is it safe to harvest these cabbage leaves?

My organic garden was ravaged by pests this year, but my cabbages took a special hit. In the meantime, I was wondering if I can harvest the tender leaves anyway and try again to protect them next year....
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Will potatoes in containers grow more potatoes?

I am under the impression that people grow potatoes in bags, containers, stacked up tires and so on because they get higher potato yields this way. The way I've heard it explained is that you plant ...
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My potato plants don't seem to flower - when should I harvest them?

I have read this question on harvesting potatoes after they flower, however mine don't seem to be in any hurry to flower. I was given them by a friend months ago, planted them, and I have a mass of ...
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Is there any reason not to keep lemons on the tree after they are ripe?

Are there any known problems with leaving lemons on the tree after they are ripe? Last year I had a heavy crop and I just picked them as I needed them. The following spring the tree lost most of ...
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Should I harvest potatoes even if they haven't fully flowered?

I planted some potatoes about 10 - 14 weeks ago. They have tall strong tops. Only a few small buds/flowers appear, then drop off. They have been well watered every day. Should we start to harvest ...
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When to cut chives for drying, and can I separate them?

Should I wait until my chives have bloomed to cut them for or can I cut them anytime? Will the taste be different? I'm growing them in a small terracotta pot inside. They're small but I read online to ...
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How can I grow better shaped yellow squash?

I am growing some early prolific straight neck yellow squash in my raised bed. I am getting a lot of flowers and squashes but they don't seem to be growing to full size. Am I doing something wrong? ...
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What is the best way to pick tomatoes?

What is the best way to pick tomatoes? Removing the stem+tomato from the plant or simply removing the tomato only, leaving the stem on the plant? Does it matter?
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Where to break off asparagus, when harvesting?

When harvesting asparagus, I keep hearing that you are supposed to "break it off at ground level" and that it snaps real easily. What precisely does that mean? Usually it snaps a half inch below or ...
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Harvesting Broccoli

I am growing some late season broccoli in my backyard in a raised bed. How do I decide the right time to harvest the broccoli? Are there any visual clues I can use? I can't use the time from ...
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How to tell if a high-up avocado is ready to pick?

Near my work there is an avocado tree growing out over the street that goes unharvested by its owners. I kind of want to try one of the avocados. How do I know when I should go there with the fruit ...
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How long can I store seed potatoes?

I've just ordered 1kg of heirloom seed potatoes but I only intend to plant 500g or so. Going forward, I intend to harvest true seed from their fruits, but I'd like to keep a backup in case blight ...
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Carolina Chili fruit not turning red

I recently planted several types of chilli including the insanely hot Carolina reaper. Now the plants are doing well and one is producing a lot chilli fruits. However the fruits have not even ...
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What is the useful life of a kale plant?

I have a few kales growing in my raised bed and it keeps producing leaves and I keep consuming them. Do I keep doing this or is there a point where you would remove the plant and put a new seedling? ...
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How do I know when to harvest my artichokes?

At the beginning of the UK summer I planted some artichoke seeds. What I didn't realise is how monstrous the plants would become. They're huge and taking over my vegetable patch. I've had to regularly ...
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When is the best time to harvest chilli peppers?

I'm wondering when my chilli plants start bearing fruit when would be the best time to harvest the fruit when the chillis are still green or when they change colour.
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What apple tree is this?

I bought the house in January. There are two apple trees side by side. One is more of a crab apple tree with mall apples that turn red. But the other tree grows bigger yellow-ish apples. I've picked ...
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How do I promote ripening and harvest peppers correctly?

I'm trying to get some growth and color to my orange peppers. Will they color quicker with more sun or less? What about more water or less water? Finally, I understand that I should not cut them off ...
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Is there anything wrong with letting cucumbers get large?

The top and light green cucumber is the one in question. I thought it was fitting to use a cherry tomato for scale. Is there anything wrong with letting a cucumber grow that large? Is there a well ...
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What should new tomato growers know about growing tomatoes?

Can I leave ripe red tomatoes on the vine until I'm ready to use them? How long do they stay good on the vine? Will picking them cause them to go bad faster or does it make any difference?
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Does a cucumber plant only produce one cucumber at a time

I am growing a few cucumber plants in a raised bed. I find that each plant produces a number of flowers and only one of the flowers turns into a cucumber and the rest of them dry up/wither. After I ...
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Do I need to wait a year before harvesting garlic?

I'm confused about how to grow garlic. I'm planning to grow it from a clove. After it grows, do I take the seed from the flower and plant it again, waiting for the second year to harvest the garlic? ...
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When can I harvest cauliflower leaves for juicing?

Does my cauliflower need all its leaves to reach maturity? I'd like to harvest some for roasting and juicing.
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At what point does kale stop producing?

I have some kale that I planted in a raised bed. It is growing well and I take out leaves as and when I need it. Of course, it keeps growing new leaves. My question is at what point will the kale ...
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Harvesting Baby spinach

I'm growing some spinach this year. Compared to the baby spinach we get in the store, my plants already have leaves the same size. Yet there are only 6 leaves total. My question is, can I pinch off ...
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How will I know when beetroot is ready to harvest?

How does beetroot look when it is ready to harvest? How long can it stay in the soil after that?
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What's the best time to harvest Black Beauty zucchinis?

I am growing zucchinis in a raised bed and am wondering the timing for harvesting the zucchini. In prior years, I had zucchinis of many sizes and shapes (will try to dig up the photo and post). ...
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Harvesting Sunchokes in Spring?

I have raised beds, and I noticed sunchokes beginning to grow this spring. I cut down (and thought I had ripped out) the single sunchoke I planted last spring sometime around Christmas last year ...
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Best time to harvesting blue vates kale

I am growing kale and this is the first year. It is the blue vates variety. My question is when and how to harvest. Days to maturity is 65 days (and it has been 65 days since I started the seeds ...
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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?