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When To Harvest - Urban Farmer's Guide


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To receive all the best flavor and nutrition from your vegetables, you need to know when to harvest your vegetables. Some vegetables taste terrible if picked to early; others become tough and stringy if picked too late. If vegetables are properly picked and stored; most will last a while without rotting or losing flavor.

Most vegetables are harvested when they're young and tender, which often means harvesting before the fruit reaches full size. Harvesting early will give most vegetables a better taste but in many instances will keep the plant productive. If you keep harvesting vegetables like snap beans, summer squash, peas, broccoli, spinach and lettuce, they'll continue to produce all summer long.


                             Vegetables                             When to Harvest

beans



carrots




onions



Peppers



tomatoes
Asparagus
Beans, snap
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Kohlrabi
Lettuce & other greens
Muskmelons
Onions
Parsnips
Peanuts
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Radishes
Spinach
Squash, summer
Squash, winter
Sweet potatoes
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watermelons
When spears are 6 to 9" inches long
About 2 to 3 weeks after bloom
When 1 to 3" inches wide
When flower heads are tight and green
When heads are firm
When tops are 1" inch wide
While heads are still white not light brown
When silks are dry and brown
Slicing when 6" inches long; pickling at 2" inches long
Before color dulls
When 2 to 3" inches wide
While leaves are tender
When fruit slips off vine easily
When necks are tight, scales dry
When roots reach desired length
When leaves turn yellow
While pods are still tender
When fruits reach desired size and color
When vines die back
When shells harden
When roots are up to 1 inch wide
When leaves are tender
When 6 to 8" inches long
When shells harden
When they reach desired size
When they have a uniform color
When 2 to 3" inches wide
When underside turns yellow and produce a dull sound



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