How do I know when to harvest?


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How do I know when to harvest?

lynnlato | Jun 2, 2009 12:27 PM

I am working on my first attempt at a garden. It is a container garden and I have tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, radishes, carrots and green onions growing. I was overwatering at first, but once I realized I cut back and things are looking better.

I have three tomatoes, about the size of golf balls, on my 6 tomato plants. Not very much, but I see lots of flowers now so I'm hopeful. I have blooms on my pepper plants too and I noticed a 4-5 inch banana pepper on one plant. As for the carrots, radishes and onions, I have no idea what's going on beneath the soil. I did pull out one radish and it was maybe the size of a large grape. I'm worried if I leave them too long they will get spongy, as I've heard that happens.

I'd appreciate any tips on harvesting!

p.s. A friend whose father was a commercial tomato grower told me that in his private garden he used to string up his tomato plants, rather than cage or stake them. I've done this and so far so good. Think of a clothes line that runs across the tops of my plants (staked on either side) and a separate string tied from the plant to the overhead line.

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