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Post  Frenchbean on 6/26/2013, 2:14 pm

When do I know, when to plant an autumn crop (Fall) okay Its my first year and Im hopeless with timings. blush study When do I know? 1787710427
3 things I never get right. How much of one veg to plant for my family and when to plant and when to harvest When do I know? 1787710427
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Post  LittleGardener on 6/26/2013, 4:30 pm

@Frenchbean wrote:When do I know, when to plant. Its my first year.
How much of one veg to plant for my family, and when to plant, and when to harvest
The last one is the easiest Smile frenchbean: you harvest when they are done/ripe :Dready to eat.

How much to plant depends partly on How much your family will eat, is it only tolerable, or do you each savor Very Happy the plant, amongst other factors (like your weather).

When - depends on your Climate, plus the unpredictability No of your weather. For example, countless very experienced farmers will plant a huge crop, & orchards, only to watch helplessly as by freak-conditions: (Bug-attacks, freezing, Hail-storms, Droughts, Fire, so forth), their labor is destroyed Sad so experience per se did not save their crop.
That said, "Planting charts" are available for giving you a general idea.
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Post  TxGramma on 6/27/2013, 10:35 am

When to plant-Look at the days to maturity of the crops you are planting and then count back from your first frost date and then plant a few weeks earlier than that in case your plants take longer to mature or you get an earlier than average frost date.

How much to plant-Lot of variables for figuring this one out...how many people, how well you like it, how often and much you eat it, if you plan on growing extra to preserve for later, how much each plant produces, etc. lol That being said I had the same question and am still trying to get it completely figured out for my family but here is a link that I found useful How Much to Plant

When to harvest-like LittleGardener said when its ripe. lol Is there a certain crop that you are not sure how to tell when it is ripe?...that would be easier to give you an answer to.

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Post  herblover on 6/27/2013, 1:28 pm

Here is what I finally did this year after meaning to do it before. I went online and found my 50% average first/last frost dates (the website is davesgarden; not sure if its just that since I googled it and that was the first thing that came up). I used that knowing I wouldn't plant any really cold sensitive (basil, toms, peppers, squash) til after the 90% date. I used the continuous planting charts in ANSFG and made a chart of what to plant each week. Has been really helpful so far.
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Post  Frenchbean on 6/27/2013, 1:39 pm

Thanks everyone. Very Happy I have a family of four who thankfully love their veg. I am planning on preserving some this year. (Never done this before either, apart from a few peas in the freezer!)

Harvesting I find hard. As I always think I'll wait until it gets a little big bigger and then it bolts Sad

I will look up the chart though thanks
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Post  Frenchbean on 6/27/2013, 1:52 pm

TxGramma Thank you for the chart link. It was a great help thanks
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Post  sanderson on 6/27/2013, 3:21 pm

Tx Gramma, Thank you for the chart. It's a good starting point.
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