When you are anxious to harvest from the garden but it seems like you just need to keep waiting you might be pleased to know that some things can be harvested earlier than you thought.
The vegetables in the list below can be harvested as soon as you see edible growth.
For leafy crops this means the leaves. For peas and beans as soon as you see a pea pod or a bean pod. When potato plants begin to flower that should be a time you would find some small “new” potatoes. Some mini vegetables are just vegetables harvested at a younger age including mini spinach. Baby corn is certain variety of corn. Baby carrots are large carrots cut to a smaller size and treated to delay spoilage although there are smaller carrot varieties you can grow.
For leafy greens cut the plant 1 – 2” above the ground or remove individual leaves. This will allow you to harvest more from the same plants later.
So don’t wait – enjoy!
Beans (green beans, wax beans, etc – not for dried beans)
Cabbage family – Leaves of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage can be used like cabbage leaves. So if your broccoli was too far gone, or your cauliflower or cabbage didn’t form heads you can still eat the leaves.
Celery – you won’t have celery stalks but your celery is still edible
Garlic – you may get one bulb instead of individual cloves but it is still edible
Herbs especially basil and cilantro which as true annuals will go to seed and die if you wait to long too harvest.
Peppers – hot peppers will get hotter and sweet peppers will get sweeter if left longer on the plant
Potatoes – reach underneath the soil and pick out a few small ones trying not to disturb the plant or dig up one entire plant and leave the rest or the plants.
Squash – summer squashes including zucchini, yellow crookneck or straight neck, pattypan – even with the blossom still attached. The blossoms are edible also.