The Q&A Archives: Days to Maturity: Chives, Garlic, and Peas

Question: I'm a novice vegetable gardener, but come from a long line of farmers, so some of it's in my roots. I found some teriffic vegetable information at a regional University's website, but unfortunately they don't list the approximate days to maturity for Chives, Garlic and Peas. That information would be greatly helpful to complete my reference material and planting schedule for this year.

Also, what vegetables are typically planted as seed versus established seedlings (started in a nursery or indoors).

Answer: Days to maturity are approximate and are calculated from the day the seed germinates. Weather and available moisture factor into the days to maturity, but generally speaking, chives can be harvested after the plant reaches 6 inches tall. Since chives are perennial and will sprout early in the spring, plan on harvesting within 8 weeks. Garlic is generally planted in the fall and harvested at the end of the following summer, after the foliage dies down. Peas are usually ready to harvest about 90 days after planting. If your summer season is short, you can purchase transplants or grow your own seedlings to place in the garden after the soil warms. Corn doesn't especially like to be transplanted, but most any other warm-season veggies (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, melon, etc.) will benefit from being started early and transplanted out after the soil warms.

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