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We are Very New to vegie gardens and have put in our little plot in deepest
Bexley North NSW. There are signs things are happening, but how do I know
when things such as Carrots, Onions, Potatoes etc are ready to dig up?

Thanks
Paul



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We are Very New to vegie gardens and have put in our little plot in deepest
Bexley North NSW. There are signs things are happening, but how do I know
when things such as Carrots, Onions, Potatoes etc are ready to dig up?


You can eat these at any size. With the carrots, you will have to thin them,
so you get baby carrots to eat while waiting for the rest to reach maturity.
The only way to tell if a carrot is ready to pull is by looking at how big it
is across the "shoulders". You can pull out young onions to have as green
onions in salads, or use the leaves like shallots. You can also bandicoot
potatoes (feel around under the plant for spuds) if you want little ones.

Here are the official weeks to harvest:
Carrots -- 16-20 weeks
Onions -- 24-32 weeks (once the leaves wither and necks shrivel)
Spuds -- 16--20 weeks (after the top has died down)

Can I also suggest that you put in plants that are expensive at the
greengrocer's, like asparagus (or artichokes, or whatever you like). Then
there are the vegies that really repay with taste -- tomatoes are great,
because they taste so much better than the shop ones. Sweet corn is also much
better when freshly picked. Spuds are great for improving your soil texture,
but the problem is that they take up room in your garden for a loooong time,
while being cheap in the shops. Onions and carrots are also long-term crops.
You also might want to look for interesting and unusual plants, like unusual
squashes or heirloom varieties.

PIck up a general garden guide to get a feel for what can be grown in Sydney
-- Yates', for example.

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Hello Paul,
This is my first year with carrots, so all I cans ay is thin and eat if they
are getting crowded, and use the rest as needed. I bought a house in once
and the spring when I went out to dig a garden, I found where the previous
owner had planted carrots that had survived the winter, and we ate them.

With ball onions, after about 50 percent of them have fallen, I bend over
the rest of them and give them another week to 10 days to enlarge, them I
pull them. You need to wash them off, take them somewhere out of the sun,
but still warm and let them air dry for 10 days. Then take them in and
store them in a cool place where the air can reach them (not in a sack or
otherwise piled up) If you raise onions that dont grow into a ball, use
when you are ready. I dont know much about those.

Potatoes are usually left in the ground until the tops start dying and
falling over, then dig them. My first attempt to grow potatoes ended up
pretty bad. I didnt know you were supposed to hill the dirt up around the
plant as it grew. Needless to say I only got one or 2 small potatoes per
plant. Good luck. Dwayne

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We are Very New to vegie gardens and have put in our little plot in

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Bexley North NSW. There are signs things are happening, but how do I know
when things such as Carrots, Onions, Potatoes etc are ready to dig up?

Thanks
Paul






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