Gardening may be a game of patience, but some veggies grow like crazy.
This article is the real deal for everyone who needs instant produce. Can you imagine picking the first veggies in 2 weeks? It’s amazing!
- Sunflower shoots – 12 days
Sunflower greens are nothing but a tiny pack of nutrients. Cut the stems when you see just two leaves coming out. Do it before the plant releases its “real” leaves. Keep in mind that sunflower shoots can easily become bitter.
- Garden cress – 14 days
You will harvest the first produce within two weeks. Plant your garden cress in early spring, right after the soil become manageable. Do 1-2 feet square patches of cress, and you will get enough of your favorite herb.
- Radishes – 21 days
Radishes are a cool season crop. Spring radishes thrive in 50⁰F to 65⁰F weather conditions. You will notice the first shoots within 3-4 days. Plant the seeds every week or two, and you will enjoy a constant spring/autumn harvest.
- Green onions – 21 days
Scallions grow quick. You should cut them back to their base several times during the seasons. The green shoots are ready for harvesting once they reach 6 inches.
- Tatsoi – 25 days
Tatsoi makes your salads and soups tasty. Baby tatsoi tatsoil leaves can be harvested once they reach 4 inches. You can also wait for 40 days before the plant matures to its full size.
- Lettuce – 30 days
This cool-weather veggie grows well in temperatures between 60⁰F to 70⁰F. Lettuce is usually sown in early spring and late summer.
People prefer cultivating green/red leaf lettuces. These tolerate hot weather. Loose leaf, cos, crisphead, butterhead, and stem-leaf lettuce are the other varieties. Plant new seeds every 2 weeks for a constant harvest.
- Spinach – 30 days
It survives at temperatures as low as 15⁰F. Spinach can be planted once the ground thaws. Re-sow seeds every two weeks for a constant harvest. Always pick your leaves, otherwise your spinach may become bitter.
- Arugula – 30 days
Arugula seeds germinate in cool soil. Plant these once the soil thaws. Sow new seeds every 2-3 weeks.
- Kale – 30 days
It’s a cut-and-come plant. You can pick new eaves throughout the entire season. Don’t pick the central bud, because it keeps the kale productive.
- Bok Choy – 30-45 days
Chinese cabbage likes cool weather conditions. Plant it in spring and fall. The first leaves can be harvested in a month. Wait for two more weeks for a fully grown leaves.
- Turnips – 30-55 days
You will harvest the first turnips in within 2 months. Some people like to pluck their turnips a bit earlier. The young roots have a sweet and mild taste. Turnip greens can be used once they reach 2 inches.
- Beets – 35-60 days
Beet greens are ready for use within a month. You can eat your beet leaves raw or cooked. Use 1-2 leaves of each plant, otherwise you will impede the root production. Pull your beets from the ground once you see their “shoulders” protruding from the soil.
- Zucchini – 40-50 days
A single plant will give you 6-10 pounds each season. Your zucchini is ready to harvest 4-8 days after you see the first flowers. “Eight Ball,” “Seneca,” “Gold Rush,” and “Spacemiser” are some of the best varieties.
- Bush beans – 40-55 days
Bush beans are a brilliant choice for beginners. They don’t require much attention. You won’t need any stake or trellis. Plant new seeds every 14 days.
- Broccoli rabe – 40-60 days
It’s a distant cousin to broccoli. Broccoli rabe is a closer relative to turnips and mustard families. You can eat every part of the plant, and it world well when added to salads, sautéed meals with garlic and oil, or soups. “Quarantina” and “Sessantina” are some of the best varieties.
- Swiss Chard – 45 days
It’s a member of the bet family. You can always cut off the outer leaves once they reach 3 inches. Cook Swiss chard stems in the same way as you cook your asparagus.
- Baby carrots – 50 days
“Little Finger” and “Thumbelina” grow faster than other varieties. These work well for container gardens.
- Cucumber – 50 days
Cucumbers become bitter as they age. Always pick immature cucumbers. Try “Bush Crop,” “Straight 8,” “Sweet Success,” “Bush Pickle”, “Carolina”, and “Calypso”. Pick your cucumbers quickly, otherwise the fruit will exhaust the plant.