The Q&A Archives: When to harvest!

Question: I wanted to know when and how to harvest my green beans, pea's and carrots. Is there anything special I have to do to prepare them for eating after I pick them??? I am a new gardener and dont know how to harvest these and when and what to do with them once I do. Thank you

Answer: You don't need to do anything special to the veggies after you harvest them. You can eat them raw or you can cook them just like any fresh vegetable. The nice thing about growing your own is that you can harvest just what you need on a daily basis rather than harvesting them all at once and having too many to eat. Beans can be harvested when they are 5-6 inches long and slender. If they begin to bulge they are still edible but they won't be quite as tender. Peas should be harvested when the pods are full (open one or two to see). Usually the pods get quite large but the peas are still quite small so you'll just have to pick a few to figure it out. Carrots are also hard to judge. The tops can get quite large but the carrots might be small. The only way to tell is to pull one up, or carefully dig around the base of the foliage. The shoulders of the carrots should be one=half to one inch in diameter before harvesting. Enjoy your veggies!

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