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    First time vegegrower! I'm wondering if these french beans are ready for picking yet or can anyone tell me how to know when they're ready? Have this problem with a lot of veges so far really. Just dug up our first carrot to test too, and there's some courgettes in the picture I might have a go at.

    Also, does anyone know why my carrots seem to be large enough, but are incredibly stumpy? Like some are over an inch thick, which look nice! But they're also only an inch long. Too early?

    Thanks!

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    I'd pick them, they look fat enough, is that it or do you have more?
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    Hi Baps. You can eat beans at any size until you can see the knobbly beans inside the pods. Usually, the more you pick them, the more they'll produce - but don't hold me to that. It also varies with the variety - is that a dwarf French bean or a climber?
    Same with the courgettes. If you think they're big enough to eat, pick them.
    Do you know what sort of carrot you've grown? There are stump rooted ones which sound like yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny.D View Post
    I'd pick them, they look fat enough, is that it or do you have more?
    There's a bunch more. Not loads, but enough for a bowl or two if I picked them all that look ready.

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    Hi Baps. You can eat beans at any size until you can see the knobbly beans inside the pods. Usually, the more you pick them, the more they'll produce - but don't hold me to that. It also varies with the variety - is that a dwarf French bean or a climber?
    Same with the courgettes. If you think they're big enough to eat, pick them.
    Do you know what sort of carrot you've grown? There are stump rooted ones which sound like yours.
    Good to know, thankyou! It is a dwarf french bean. Have some runner beans as well but they're only beginning to bean, if beaning is a verb.

    I'll have to have a look at the variety, can't remember offhand. Really wanted a bunch of carrots, and I've been hasty and dug around a few to see what they're like. They're all stumpy so far.

    Might go pick some beans and try them!

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    Carrots are Early Nantes variety. From my extensive googlefu, they look like they should be longer than an inch! Question is, do I just eat them at this length or are they likely to grow longer?

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    Patience, baps
    Carrots seem to take for ever to grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Patience, baps
    Carrots seem to take for ever to grow.
    Not my strong point! Lost the first set I planted (planted them a month apart), so yeah I'll leave them alone for a while then.

    Beans and corgettes were tasty btw. Hope there's more beans.

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    I would say that if they are already an inch thick, your carrots won't get any longer.... they tend to grow down and then swell, rather than swelling and then growing down. You aways get a few duff ones, but if they're all like that then there must be a reason... stony soil? Shallow beds?
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