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.


When to Harvest CauliflowerBroccoli/cauliflower

  • Gather these brassicas when the central head is fully formed but before any sign of yellowing appears and before buds open and flower.
  • Cut 6 to 7 inches below the head. Some varieties produce side shoots once the main head is removed.
  • Continue harvesting as long as shoots are produced.

When to Harvest CantaloupeCantaloupe/muskmelon
When skin is netted and the fruit separates easily from the vine, these melons are as sweet as can be.


When to Harvest CarrotsCarrots

  • Harvest when roots are 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter (sometimes larger or smaller depending on variety).
  • Be gentle—bruising encourages soft rot in storage.
  • Pull carrots before the ground freezes, or cover with a thick layer of straw mulch.

When to Harvest CornCorn

  • Puncture a kernel with your fingernail.
  • If a milky fluid flows out, the corn is ready.
  • If the liquid is clear, the corn is immature, and if it's toothpasty, it's overmature.
  • Silk should be dried and brown and cobs plump.