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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Most potatoes, as far as I know, have the ability to flower and set fruit. The fruits, known as berries, are small green globes reminiscent of tomatoes, which makes sense seeing as how they're in the ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

The tubers that are used for "seed potatoes" are grown and harvested exactly the same way as other potatoes, except for one thing. Like other members of the same plant family (e.g. tomatoes),...
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Mushroom growing, when to harvest champignons?

Those are fine-looking mushrooms! The key for mushrooms "like from the store" (in Germany) is to harvest when they are not yet fully mature. This means that the velum, the thin skin at the underside ...
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Will a 1/2" tap hole injure a maple tree?

All tap holes injure maple trees. Extensive research into spile-hole damage (with an eye to reducing it, and preserving productivity) is precisely what has driven the downsizing of spiles. Few ...
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Is it safe to harvest these cabbage leaves?

I would not eat them, just because there is very little left. I would have no problem eating leaves with little damage. These are just eaten (by expert), so they are good, and they don't leave traces ...
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Is it safe to harvest these cabbage leaves?

All of the cabbage leaves are edible, and they won't taste like bugs. Leaves with holes might not be appealing to dinner guests, but no harm or bad taste will come to you and your family eating them. ...
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What can I do with unripe tomatoes when prepping a bed for winter?

If the tomatoes have any red on them, you can set them out on the counter or a windowsill and they may still ripen. If they are all green, your best bet is to use them for fried green tomatoes or ...
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Can I still use the mint leaves after the plant has flowered?

Mint leaves are just fine to use any time, including after the plant has flowered. The flavor may not be quite as strong as it was before it flowered, so you may need to add more leaves to your jelly ...
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Does cauliflower produce secondary growth after the main harvest?

Maybe we should rethink the way we garden! I, too cut the main head off that was huge on my fall cauliflower. But it had been planted next to a new fruit tree and I did not want to disturb the roots ...
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Is "Days to Harvest" measured from planting date or sprouting date?

It varies by type of plant and sometimes between seed sellers. It could mean from when you sow your seeds or when you transplant. Burpee is one of the seeds merchants that is pretty clear about what ...
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What should new tomato growers know about growing tomatoes?

It really depends on the variety. Some can stay on the vine for a long time after they're ripe (how long they can stay on is known as hang-time), and some have to be picked as soon as they're ripe. ...
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Is there anything wrong with letting cucumbers get large?

I have heard that letting them get too large makes them sour/bitter. According to: https://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-cucumbers/ They say, "Don’t let the cucumbers get oversized or they will ...
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Is there anything wrong with letting cucumbers get large?

No, there isn't. Providing you check them for flavor and make sure they haven't aged too far. At about 2 inches diameter. Larger than that and you'll start noticing flavor change and flesh hardening ...
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Where to break off asparagus, when harvesting?

You don't have to snap or break them - I've seen it being harvested in the fields here in the UK, and all the people doing the job have a knife. They cut right at the base of suitably sized spears, ...
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What should new tomato growers know about growing tomatoes?

Once they are red or ripe get them off the vine/bush! This promotes MORE fruit setting, ripening. Keep them cool and eat them sooner than later. Don't put in the refrigerator. Keep apples and ...
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Why did my potatoes not grow?

Judging by the state of the plants when you dug them up, and what the soil surface looks like there are no nutrients whatever in it. The potatoes tried to grow, using the material stored in the tuber,...
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Does cauliflower produce secondary growth after the main harvest?

My dog figured out that cauliflower is delicious. Two plants survived with just a nub of the flower intact. They have regrown and I now have two more heads! They are not as tightly packed as the first ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

The larger leaves don't necessarily have poor flavor. It's more about age than size. Old leaves don't taste as good as new ones. That's why a good harvesting system is key. Most people try to do this ...
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Do I need to wait a year before harvesting garlic?

Garlic is grown from cloves and not from seed. You plant individual cloves and these form bulbs. You then save the largest bulbs to plant the cloves the following year. This is because soft neck ...
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How do I promote ripening and harvest peppers correctly?

Sun is essential for full ripening and flavour; though they can be picked and ripened separately, they will be sweeter if left to ripen on the plant. Watering should be sufficient and frequent enough ...
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What is the useful life of a kale plant?

Most continuous production systems (tomatoes & peppers in greenhouses or the tropics being the major exception that comes to mind) do find it beneficial to replace old plants with young ones on a ...
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Why did my potatoes not grow?

However, the summer here has been very hot This might very well be the reason. Potatoes tend to stop the production of tubers once the soil reaches a certain temperature. Gardeners that plant their ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

Yes, but you must be smarter than a doctor or engineer: some of the richest are php engineers. It is mainly economy: if there are many people that could do something, they will fight to produce it ...
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Do ground cherries ripen after picking?

When you say its going to freeze, do you mean you're going to have a frost? I don't know what Zone you're in, but it seems unlikely you'll be going straight from cool to the ground freezing solid in ...
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Can a Japanese Maple Tree be Tapped for Sap to be Used in Syrup?

The simple answer is yes, all maples can be tapped for syrup. Some, such as Acer palmatum are a waste of time to try if you expect great taste and volume. This site lists the top 22 trees for the ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

It depends when you want them. They should last until winter in the ground without bolting. Carrots are normally biennial, and will bolt during season 2. You can harvest them at any time while growing,...
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Can I still use the mint leaves after the plant has flowered?

Mint leaves can be used at any time when green, but they have a stronger flavor before flowering. This is true of many related plants. I usually let my mint flower, to attract bees and butterflies, ...
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What can I do with unripe tomatoes when prepping a bed for winter?

Unripe tomatoes can be turned into delicious pickles. You can also make ketchup out of them. I've tried both (not necessarily the linked recipes, just generic home-made green tomato pickles and ...
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Is there a way to harvest my chilli peppers for the best possible heat?

Red peppers are usually considered hotter, but sweeter, than green fruits. Here is a thread where everyone agrees on that point. But the heat level often goes along with the stress level of the plant. ...
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What can I do with unripe tomatoes when prepping a bed for winter?

Food, Not Waste That's food you've got, not waste. Eat them before they get frostbite. Green Tomato Pie https://www.google.com/search?q=green+tomato+pie+recipe Surprisingly, when cooked as a pie ...

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