Gardening Advice Needed

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There is nothing like seeing the boys hanging out together at the garden eating fresh peas straight from the pods.  Unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of it, but I did manage to get a few snapshots of how out of control our garden is getting.

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As I mentioned earlier in the season, shortly after planting the seeds, our darling dog, Delta right through it and messed up the nice neat rows.

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When the seeds were coming up you could clearly see there were some empty places; some crooked rows; and some overcrowding.  Now that the seeds are plants it is hard to tell where rows are.  It’s all a big cluster with carrots growing in the middle of the squash and the onions mushed together in one row instead of two.  Oh well.

And since I’m still a newbie gardener (second year), I have a question for all of you pros. Or those that know more about gardening than I do.

How do I know when the carrots and onions are ready to be picked and eaten?

I can’t see them and I have no idea when to assume they are ready. With the peas, cucumbers, tomatoes and squash, I watch them daily and pick them when I see that they are ready.

So what about carrots and onions?

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Comments

  1. Your garden looks great! I started my first garden last year and it was doing so great. We left for a weeks vacation, when we came back, the entire thing had been eaten by a little rodent… the only thing he left were my peppers and tomatoes. I was devistated.

  2. Looks like you might be a natural gardener! Your plants are coming in nicely – but good question about the carrots and onions. I often wonder tht, and end up picking them too early! Also…your posts with the water activities are making me so jealous…don’t be surprised if summer isn’t really here when you come up soon! We’ve had ONE hot day. ONE! Wish I was in ATL!!

  3. This sounds silly, but look on the back of the packet of seeds, it should tell you how many days it takes for the plants to reach maturity. Otherwise, dig up one carrot and see how big it is, if it’s not big enough, let them go at least another month. Sometimes you can see the top of the actual carrot on the surface of the soil and use that as a gauge. Depending on the type of onion (scallions, red, yellow, white) you may be able to see the bulb poking through the dirt and be able to tell. Also, if the onions start to flower (most commonly purple in color), nip off the flower to send the growing energy to the bulb instead.

  4. Wow. Impressive. You are obviously not in the northeast! My tomatoes are half that size and my peas are only flowering now. I just posted pics on my blog.

    My carrots were a miserable failure. I wish I had solid advice for you. I find that the timeline on the seed packet is generally correct, though, for my other veggies. If carrots take like 55 days, I’d pull one a check around then. That’s my oh-so-scientific advice.

  5. I think your garden looks great! Mine isn’t even planted yet! Today, I hope. We always just pulled out a test carrot, but that’s tricky if you don’t have too many. I think they still taste good when they’re small.

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