Here's How To Know When Your Carrots Are Ready To Harvest

Late spring is that time of year when even the brownest of thumbs starts to contemplate the idea, however foggy, of growing at least a few things in pots or in a garden plot. As foodies, we've often fantasized about rearing some fruits and veggies at home, only to be discouraged by the logistics. But as it turns out, at least a few crops are dead simple to grow, as long as you've got some outdoor space and ample sunlight (via Food Network). According to Food Network, these include garlic, radishes, lettuce, peas, tomatoes, and more; and now, we're officially dreaming of seed-to-plate marina ladled over pasta, with a crisp salad on the side.

Another vegetable that's easy to grow at home, according to Food Network? Carrots. We love the idea of sweet, snappy carrots taking shape under the ground outside our very own homes, but remain confused about some of the details. Like this one, for instance: If the carrots are underground, how will we know when they're ready to harvest? Turns out it's pretty straightforward.

When you see green, they're ready

Growing carrots at home is simple, but requires some patience: The larger you want your carrots to be, the longer you'll have to wait. According to seed experts Burpee, carrots can be harvested at any time in their growth cycle. Early on, you'll have baby carrots, which will be ready about 50 to 60 days after sowing seeds (via Local Harvest); larger carrots will take about 70 to 80 days.

Obviously, don't go digging for your carrots until you see their green tops starting to grow above the soil. Food Network says this is your best indicator that the carrots below are ready to eat. Still unsure? Just grab one carrot and take a look (via Local Harvest). If it's the size you want, go ahead and pull its neighbors; if not, just wait a week or so more before harvesting. Then gather all your favorite coleslaw recipes and go to town.