How to harvest the vegetables you grew with Geoflora Nutrients
It’s almost time to harvest the vegetables that have been growing in the garden, when they’re at their peak of flavor and nutrition. Timing varies between crops, but if you’ve been tracking your grow you’ll know how long they’ve been growing, and can tell when they’re ripe enough to pick.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to make certain you take care with your vegetables as you make your way through the garden. Make sure to handle your plants with care as you harvest, and avoid bruising or damaging them. This can lead to early decay on the just-picked veggie; use a knife or shears to cut the vegetable off the vine if it doesn’t come off easily.
Avoiding harvesting after a rain or watering – walking through the wet foliage will spread any disease present in the plants and could end up ruining a big part of the grow.
If a vegetable doesn’t look quite ready, leave it to grow for a bit longer and come back to check on it every couple of days. Grow charts are just an approximation – nature has its own timeline!
Here are 6 of the most-grown vegetables in home gardens, and how to harvest them without damage:
Broccoli: This powerhouse vegetable should be gathered when the florets on the head are still compact – waiting until they turn yellow or begin to flower means it may be too late and the florets are starting to bloom or bolt.
Carrots: When they are ½” to 1” in diameter, carrots can safely be pulled. The size will vary depending on the variety, but this range should be correct for most of them.
Cabbage: Harvest the cabbage while the head is still firm all the way through when squeezed. It doesn’t matter how large or small the head is; each head grows at a different rate. Avoid waiting until the head splits, as this means it’s been sitting ripe for too long and has excess water uptake.
Corn: There are only 72 hours when corn is at it’s prime quality for eating, so it’s important to catch it when the kernels are plump and milky. The silks should be brown and dry, and it’s best to harvest corn early in the morning.
Peppers: When they’re about the size of a baseball and shiny green, it’s time to pick the peppers. They will still be good when they turn red or yellow.
Onions: When the tops begin to turn brown and fall over, it’s time to pull them up and shake off the soil. Lay them out to dry for a few days, then cut off the tops and store in a cool, dry place.
While size isn’t necessarily a factor in determining if any of these vegetables is ready for harvest, if you started your grow using Geoflora VEG and BLOOM you’ll be surprised by your yields! Geoflora Nutrients is an easy to use organic fertilizer system that can be deployed on a large scale. By combining a granular form factor with a wide range of carefully selected organic ingredients, Geoflora Nutrients delivers a balanced charge of beneficial bacteria and over 19 organic inputs with diverse macro and secondary nutrient profiles, which work together to produce a simple yet effective solution for cultivators who want to see results – without the hassle.
Geoflora VEG and BLOOM can be used separately, but provide the best results when used as intended to support the two main stages of growth the plant goes through, each with their own set of nutritional needs during development.
Not only will you be giving your plants the essential nutrients they need, but Geoflora nutrients are OMRI Listed and registered CDFA OIM inputs, ensuring that they abide to the highest organic growing standards so that you can grow with confidence in your fertilizer.
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