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    How to Harvest and Store Okra

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    Harvest okra when pods are 1 to 4 inches long. Pods are ready for harvest about 60 days after sowing.  Okra, sometimes called gumbo, is a summer and fall crop. Okra flowers bloom for just one day and pods are ready for picking two or three days later. Harvest Okra Harvest okra when the pods are […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Artichokes

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    Harvest artichokes when the buds are tight and firm and about 3 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Harvest buds before the petals begin to open. If you wait until the bud opens, the petals will no longer be tender. When to Harvest Artichokes Artichoke plants live for about 5 years. Production starts about a year […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Sweet Potatoes

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    Harvest sweet potatoes as soon as they are big enough to eat—usually when the ends of the vines begin to turn yellow. Harvest sweet potatoes before the vines are touched by frost. Frost can damage the tubers below. When to Harvest Sweet Potatoes Most sweet potato varieties are ready to harvest 95 to 120 days […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Broccoli

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    Harvest broccoli when the heads are green and firm and before the florets have begun to open. Broccoli heads are clusters of flowers. The florets are ready for harvest 10 to 13 weeks after sowing and plants produce buds for 6 to 8 weeks. When to Harvest Broccoli Time broccoli planting so harvest happens in […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Turnips

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    Harvest turnips when they are large enough to eat. Turnip roots are ready for harvest 40 to 50 days after sowing. Turnips should not be allowed to grow to large or they will become woody, stringy, and bitter tasting. When to Harvest Turnips Harvest turnips when root tops are 1 to 1½ inches in diameter […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Tomatillos


    Tomatillos are ready to harvest when the papery husk surrounding the fruit turns from green to tan and begins to split. Tomatillos are ready to harvest 75 to 100 days after sowing, 65 to 85 days from transplanting.  When to Harvest Tomatillos Tomatillos are ready to harvest when the papery husk surrounding the fruit turns […] More

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    Rhubarb Plant Starting Tips

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    Rhubarb is a perennial plant grown for its leaf stalks. Rhubarb grows best in regions where the ground freezes each winter. Winter chill results in rhubarb plants with thick stems and red color. Rhubarb is not productive in areas with very hot summers. Rhubarb is commonly grown from root divisions called “crowns”, not from seed. […] More

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    Herbs for Cool Season Growing

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    Herbs well suited for growing in cool weather are cilantro, chervil, chives, dill, and parsley. Unlike warm-weather summer-grown herbs, cool-weather herbs can be sown directly in the garden a month or more before the last frost in spring for late spring harvest and again in late summer for fall harvest. Cool-season herbs grow best in […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Beets

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    Harvest beets when root tops are 1 to 1½ inches in diameter but not more than 3 inches in diameter. Beets that are allowed to get much bigger than 3 inches (7 cm) across often become tough and fibrous. When to Harvest Beets Beets mature 45 to 60 days after sowing. Beets are cool-season plants […] More

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    Eggplant Seed Starting Tips

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    Eggplants are a tender, very warm-weather crop. Start eggplants indoors 10 to 8 weeks before the average nighttime temperature is expected to stay above 55°F (13°C), Set eggplants in the garden after nighttime temperatures are consistently greater than 55°F (13°C) and daytime temperatures average 70°F (21°C). If temperatures are much cooler you should protect eggplants […] More

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    How to Make a New Garden Planting Bed

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    A garden planting bed is home to your vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You want a planting bed in which plants will thrive and you want a planting bed that is easy to make and easy to maintain. Making a new garden planting bed should be a one-time investment in sweat equity. Once a new bed […] More

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    Kohlrabi Seed Starting Tips

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    Kohlrabi is a cool-season crop; it’s best grown in spring and fall. Sow kohlrabi in spring for an early summer harvest and use; start a second crop in mid-to-late summer for winter storage and use. Kohlrabi is not a root crop; the edible part of the plant is a swollen portion of the stem growing […] More