These Fast Growing Vegetables Allow You To Maximize Your Garden

This article will help you greatly whether you plan to create a vegetable garden or already have one. With the climate these days seemingly becoming more unpredictable, it’s good to have an understanding of which crops grow fastest so you can save time and money.

“Fast growing” is a subjective term, of course. How fast is fast? For the purposes of this article, “fast growing” means it takes 60 days or less to bear ripe fruit. Going with our 60-day limit, we have a lot to choose from.

There are three groups of vegetables:

1. Fast Growing Vegetables – Plants that yield Leaves and shoots or a fully mature within 25 days.

  • Spring Onion
  • Arugula and other Salad Greens
  • Green Onion – Scallions
  • Radish – Spring
  • Spinach
  • Mustard greens
  • Water cress
baby spinach leaves can be harvested very early when the leaves are small
Baby spinach leaves can be harvested very early when the leaves are small

2. Moderately Fast Growing Vegetables – Plants that yield leaves and shoots or a fully mature within 26-45 days.

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Baby Carrots
  • Parsnip
  • Lettuce (leaf)
  • Radish – Winter
  • Turnip
Radishes grow very quickly and can be harvested after 20-25 days
Radishes grow very quickly and can be harvested after 20-25 days
Baby carrots grow very quickly and can be harvested continually
Baby carrots grow very quickly and can be harvested continually
Turnips and Beets are slow growing but the tops can be harvested well before the roots or bulbs are mature
Turnips and Beets are slow growing but the tops can be harvested well before the roots or bulbs are mature

3. Reasonably Fast Growing Vegetables – Plants that yield leaves and shoots or a fully mature within 46-50 days.

  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Okra
  • Snap Bean (Green Bean)
  • Summer squash – Scallop
  • Summer squash – Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber Slicing
  • Kohlrabi
  • Peas – Snow (Sugar)
  • Peas – Snap
  • Peas – Garden (Shell)
The pods of Snow and Snap peas are eaten before the peas develop, providing early harvest
The pods of Snow and Snap peas are eaten before the peas develop, providing early harvest

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