The Gardener's Handbook by Dr. Stefan Buczacki

By Dr. Stefan Buczacki

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Fortunately, carrots can be left in the ground after they have matured, so it won’t harm them to leave them in a little longer than necessary. In fact, many gardeners believe a light frost while the carrots are still in the ground actually helps sweeten the flavor. n Cauliflower Cauliflower usually will not grow to the same size in the home garden as you will find in the store. You should harvest your 58 THE GARDENER'S HANDBOOK 59 cauliflower when the head looks full. Be sure to harvest it while the curds throughout the head are still smooth to the touch.

In general, an adequate diameter indicates the length is also good. To be certain, however, you will likely need to pull one carrot to see if it is ready. Fortunately, carrots can be left in the ground after they have matured, so it won’t harm them to leave them in a little longer than necessary. In fact, many gardeners believe a light frost while the carrots are still in the ground actually helps sweeten the flavor. n Cauliflower Cauliflower usually will not grow to the same size in the home garden as you will find in the store.

The larvae of the viburnum leaf beetles grow to about ½ inch long and are a greenish-yellow color, which helps them to blend into the foliage. During the winter, the viburnum leaf beetles remain in egg form on the branches of the plant. In May, they hatch and the larvae feed on the new leaves that have developed on the plant. New larvae are very tiny and, therefore, are easy to overlook when they first emerge. Similarly, the damage they cause to the plant may initially go unnoticed. This is because the holes can be as tiny as a pinhole.

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