Creating a Garden Calendar – Day 11 Expected Harvest Dates

We are working our way through a series called “Creating a Garden Calendar“.  If this is your first time joining us, welcome.  You are not too late to join us.  Grab a calendar, pen, and beverage of choice.  You will be right where we are in no time.

Now that you have down the dates to start seeds and put in transplants, we are going to look at bit ahead and note when you should expect your harvests to be ready.  This has several purposes:

  1. The first is that you will know when one harvest will be ready and will be able to plan extra curricular activities accordingly.  Do you really want to take that week of vacation in the middle of the green bean harvest?  If you do, then you may need to schedule someone to come over and pick the beans.
  2. You will be able to see if any of your harvest times overlap.  Sometimes handling all the corn coming in is hard enough.  It would be even harder if you had another crop or two ready for harvest at exactly the same time.
  3. If you are wanting to can several things as once, think salsa, then you may want them to all be ready at the same time.

Solving any overlaps may be as simple as choosing a variety of tomato that has a longer, or shorter, maturation length.  You may also be able to plant some things a bit earlier and some a bit later, or even skip a successive planting along the way.

It may also be that this is just something you will have to deal with.  Sometimes no matter what we do, gardening is an adventure whether we want it to be or not.

To find the “days to harvest” length, bring your seed catalog back or seed packets back out or check some of the links from Day 6.  Most of these have ranges, so I’m not sure I would plan a party around the expected dates.  Not only will these change by location (micro-climates) but also by weather you experience in a certain year.

Did you find that there were overlaps in harvest dates?  Were these things you wanted to overlap or not?  Why did you do, or plan to do, with unwanted overlap in dates?

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