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Kitchen Garden: Tips for a Successful Harvest

by John Wann 04/11/2022

After you spend a few months planning, planting and growing your garden, you may want to enjoy the fruits, and vegetables, of your labor. However, it can be tricky to know when and how to harvest your kitchen garden.

These tips will help you pick produce that is ripe and ready: 

Keep a Garden Journal

When you plant your garden, take note of what you have planted, where you placed it and how many days it will take to ripen. Each day, check the growth of your plants and make notes in your journal along the way. Don't forget to include current weather conditions, because this could speed up or slow down the growth of your garden. These notes will help you monitor the progress of your plants and will allow you to anticipate exactly when your fruits and vegetables will be ripe for the picking. 

Check the Quality of Your Vegetables

When you go to the garden each day to check on your plants, make sure that you are monitoring for signs of decay or disease. Irregular growth, unusual spots or discoloration may be a sign that your plant is not thriving. It also may indicate that a pest has moved in to your garden. If you see any suspicious signs or symptoms, act quickly to prevent further damage to your garden. 

Pick Those Vegetables Before They Get Too Big

It may sound surprising, but you don't want your vegetables to grow too large. Extra-large vegetables are going to lack flavor and are also going to have more seeds than their younger, smaller counterparts. It's best to keep an eye on their growth and development in your garden, and pick vegetables when they are between a small and moderate size. This will allow you to enjoy the freshest and most delicious vegetables in your garden salad every evening.

Pull Gently

One of the trickiest parts about harvesting your garden is taking the vegetables off their plants. It is important you gently tug on the vegetables so they easily break free from their mother plant. A light pull will allow you to grab your fresh produce without damaging the plant, and will ensure that the plant can continue to grow and thrive throughout the season.

By harvesting your garden regularly, you will find that your plants continue to produce throughout the entire season.

About the Author

John Wann

My name is John Wann. And I have never sold anyone a home. 

What I have done is introduce people to houses, a community and one of the most beautiful areas of the country that I think they will love.

Frankly, there is a lot to love in this mountain area west of Denver. 

Yes, I am in sales. Of course. I have been in professional sales for more than 30 years and, more importantly, I have lived in the Evergreen area for more than 27 years. 

In short, I know the territory. 

I moved here from Atlanta, Georgia and never looked back. Every drive back “up the hill” from Denver feels like I am about to go on vacation. Again. That’s not a feeling you can get in many places in this world.

To be sure, I have intimate knowledge of the real estate here. But more, I know this community. 

If you're looking for a great restaurant with a cozy, mountain atmosphere. Just ask me. If you're looking for something less sedate, well, I know those places too. And I also know a lot of great hiking trails.

I am a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a Certified Mountain Area Specialist. If you're coming from another part of the country that may not mean much to you, but I can help you avoid the pitfalls and understand the quirks of buying a home in the mountains. 

For people who are new to the area, this can ensure that you can find real happiness in a home here.

Simply, buying a house in the mountains is not the same as buying a house in Kansas City or Chicago.

For example, it makes little difference if you buy a south-facing house in Texas. But in the mountains, it can make all the difference between whether you get to your garage in winter or not.

Paying attention to such things and 100 others can ensure that you love your mountain home. Love your new community. And love the joys of mountain living. 

For me, it’s a privilege to pass along such insights.