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How to Prevent Bolting in Vegetable Crops
“One of the biggest nuisances in the summer vegetable garden is bolting – when crops put on a vertical growth spurt to flower and set seed before the vegetables are ready for harvest. The result is inedible, bitter-tasting leaves or poor-quality produce with little that can be salvaged.
Bolting is of course perfectly natural, after all it’s simply marks the point at which a plant reaches maturity and produces the seeds for the next generation. It’s the coming-before-the-harvest bit that makes is so irritating for us gardeners! The trick, then, is to coax vegetables to maturity quickly and efficiently so they’re ready to eat before the plants have a chance to flower.”