The gardens that I tend are open to the public so there is always a balance to strike between harvest and display. It's easy with stuff that you can pick without removing the plant, like peas, beans, rhubarb etc. The difficulty is with things that are gone once you pick them - with one row of leeks I could maybe feed 20 people or educate/inspire 650,000 (our annual visitor figures). It's a tough choice.
But the moment arrives when I need to start getting the space ready for the next crop. Today I cleared a handsome bed of leeks so I could prep the soil for spring sowing. They were still in good condition so I trimmed, washed and bagged them up to sell in the staffrooms. The money that we raise this way supports the work that we do in the gardens.