Veggie Harvesting Tips

Beets

Depending on how large you like your beets, they are ready any time you can see the beet shoulders above the soil line. Plant before the end of August.

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Broccoli

Harvest when the buds in the head are about the size of a match head. Plant before the end of August.

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Cabbage

The head will feel solid when gently squeezed. Plant before the end of August.

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Carrots

It can be hard to judge when to pick your carrots. When the diameter of the carrot at the soil looks to be right for the variety you planted, pick one to check the length. Plant before mid-September.

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Cauliflower

When the head looks full and the curds of the head are still smooth. Plant before the end of August.

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Collards

Harvest when they are 10” long, dark green and still young. Harvest lower leaves first. Plant before mid-September.

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Kale

You can pick off leaves from the plant throughout the season, the flavor is best in cool weather. Plant through October. You can extend harvest through much of the winter if you cover when frost hits.

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Kohlrabi

When the bulb reaches 2-3” in diameter. Pull at the base or slice. Plant before the end of August

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Leeks

Pull when they are about 1” in diameter. Plant through October. You can extend harvest through most of the winter if you cover when frost hits.

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Lettuce

For head lettuce, when the head feels firm and full with a gentle squeeze. Plant through October. You can extend harvest through most of the winter if you cover when frost hits.

For leaf lettuce, After the plant has reached 4" tall you may begin to harvest by pulling off the outer leaves, leaving the small inner leaves to grow. Or you may cut it all off at the height of 1". Plant through October. You can extend harvest through most of the winter if you cover when frost hits.

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Mustard Greens

Harvest throughout the season leaves that are 3-4” long, using scissors or a knife.

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Rutabagas

When the roots are 4-5” in diameter. Taste best after a few light frosts. Plant before the end of August.

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Swiss Chard

When the plants are 6-8” long cut off the outer leaves, leaving the inner ones to grow. Plant through October. You can extend harvest through most of the winter if you cover when frost hits.

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Turnips

Harvest leaves when young. Early types harvest at 5 weeks. Main crop types after 6-10 week. Harvest at any size, but young turnips are nicer and more tender. Plant by mid-September.

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