How Do You Know When to Pick?
The main point behind growing your own
vegetables is how much better they taste fresh from the garden.
The only failsafe way to guarantee harvesting vegetables at the
optimal time is to taste test. However, there are some
guidelines for judging when vegetables are ripe and ready for
harvest. Keep in mind that great flavor isnít a simple matter of
size or color. Without the right combination of soil, sun and
water many vegetables can vary greatly in taste and performance.
There are no precise guidelines as to when to
harvest your vegetables, but there are some rules of thumb to
guide you. Most vegetables are harvested just before full
maturity, for maximum flavor and the most pleasant texture. The
following are vegetable harvesting criteria for judging whether
your vegetables are ready for picking.
When to Harvest Your Vegetables