When to Harvest

You’ve spent all spring and summer working hard in your garden—now it’s time to reap what you’ve sown.

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When to Harvest VegetablesYou’ve spent all spring and summer working hard in your garden—now it’s time to reap what you’ve sown.

But how do you know that cucumber nestled on the vine is ripe for the picking?

And when do you pull up your carrots? Follow this guide to find out just when to harvest the fruits of your labor at their peak of flavor.

 

When to Harvest AsparagusAsparagus

  • This veggie is ready to harvest the third year after planting.
  • When stalks reach 6 to 9 inches, cut or break them at the soil line.
  • Harvest before flower heads open.
 

When to Harvest BeansBeans (snap/green)
Beans actually snap in half when they’re ready to be harvested, and the inner seeds make the sides of the pod bulge just slightly.

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