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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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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 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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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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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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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?

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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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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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?

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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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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Does a cucumber plant only produce one cucumber at a time

No a single plant can produce many cucumbers at once. It mostly depends on how long the cucumber vine as able to grow before flowering. The first flower is usually male, the ones that follow are the ...
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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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How do I know when to harvest my artichokes?

Although you've not specified clearly, from what you're saying you appear to be asking about Globe Artichokes rather than Jerusalem artichoke. I'm sorry to confirm that longstanding recommended ...
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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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Advise from experienced farmers

I can tell you the situation in the Netherlands (Europe), which I expect to be very different from India. In the Netherlands about 20 % of all (working) millionaires are farmers. Most of these ...
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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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Butternut Squash - when to harvest?

If the skins have firmed up enough that you can’t easily dent them by pressing your fingernail into the skin, you should be able to harvest and expect good storage times. If the skins are still very ...
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Why is my pepino melon bitter?

You should have waited until the fruit yielded under pressure, as fruit color alone can sometimes be an unreliable indicator of ripeness - astringent persimmons are a prime example, able to be bright ...
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Does cauliflower produce secondary growth after the main harvest?

I have cut my Lime colored heads mid summer. It's now mid September and both regrew bigger than first head. No lie. Didn't pull in first place because too big, and then I just wanted to see what would ...
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Carolina Chili fruit not turning red

A month is not a particularly alarming amount of time for a chile pepper of any variety to stay green, especially depending on your soil and growing conditions. If the variety isn't used to the ...
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How long can I store seed potatoes?

Seed potatoes by the time you get them from your supplier have a chronological age and a physiological age. Depending on how well it has been kept by the supplier, its physiological age may be older ...
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My potato plants don't seem to flower - when should I harvest them?

That is actually a pretty straight-forward proposition, regardless of flowering or not. Basically, as long as the stems and leaves are viable, then they are feeding the growth of the tubers. When ...
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Mushroom growing, when to harvest champignons?

How do I know when to harvest a champignon? You can harvest it once it has formed a cap. When small it's called a button mushroom, and at its largest size it's called a portobello mushroom. If the ...
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Butternut Squash - when to harvest?

The squash is edible (and good) at every stage from small and green to large and evenly tan amid the frost-killed leaves. As long as the green is gone, I think they are ripe enough to put away and ...
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