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Harvesting Fall Vegetables

Lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, oh my! Learn quick tricks for harvesting your own vegetables this fall from Terranea's Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra.

 

Terranea is known for it's "Farm-to-Terranea" philosophy which all begins at the farm.  Our Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra makes sure to take his time when planting, tending, and harvesting each of the vegetables and herbs before they make their way to the plates of our guests.  

In celebration of the harvest season, here are 5 quick tips to keep in mind while harvesting your own vegetables:

1. Grow Kitchen Herbs

Many kitchen herbs such as basil, dill, mint and parsley are expensive to buy at stores yet are easy to grow! Don't forget these when planting your vegetables.


2. Plant in Blocks

You can quadruple per-square-foot production of small kitchen vegetables such as lettuce, carrots and beets by planting them in blocks within wide beds rather than in rows.  Block planting makes efficient use of space by keeping the spacing between plants tight and eliminating unnecessary pathways.


3. Try Vertical Gardening

If you don't have much space, go vertical to make the most of the it!  By adding 3-4 inches of compost to your compact beds each spring, you can grow trellised tomatoes, pole beans and cucumbers, even in your patio garden!


4. Pick Early and Often

Havesting early and often helps keep vegetable plans in reproduction mode longer, which in turn increases yields.


5. Make and Use Your Own Compost

Make a habit of piling together pulled plants, leaves, tattered mulches and other organic materials to create rich compost for free.  Additionally, use an enclosed composter or a worm compost bin to capture your fitchen garbage.

 

Source: Mother Earth News

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