The Q&A Archives: beets & carrots

Question: How do you know when to pick your beets and carrots out of the garden?

Answer: Seed packages usually indicate the days to harvest. If you didn't save the package or mark the probable harvest dates on your calendar, you'll need to pull a plant to check its progress. Both are edible at any stage. Beet roots are generally most tender after growing for 40 to 50 days. The best size is between 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. As beets get larger, they tend to become more fibrous. Likewise with carrots. Just harvest a few to see what's happening underground. Enjoy your harvest!

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