Not all vegetables take from spring from fall to mature. If you’re getting a late start on your home garden or live in a region with a short growing season, fear not. There are many healthy, delicious vegetables that are quick to harvest. Here are the 12 fastest growing vegetables to get your garden jumpstarted.
One of the fastest growing vegetables are radishes. Most varieties will be ready for harvest in just 25 to 30 days after planting. Ready to get those radishes started? Check out this set of six packs of radish seeds that includes Purple Plush, French Breakfast, Easter Egg, Watermelon, German Giant, and Black Spanish radish seeds.
While it can take 6 months for onion bulbs to mature, the green onion stalks can be harvested after just 3 or 4 weeks. You can also grow onion microgreens and have baby onion greens in two to three weeks. Check out these organic green onion seeds. They’re non-GMO, non-hybrid heirloom seeds grown in the USA.
Leaf lettuce such as Romaine can begin to be harvested about 30 days after planting. Cut the leaves once they reach at least 3 inches. I love to grow a variety of lettuces so there’s always a colorful mixture ready for the salad bowl. The Lettuce Lovers Assortment is a great way to get started. It features eight lettuce varieties including Red Romaine, Iceberg, Parris Island Co, Black Seeded Simplson, Lollo Rosso, Oakleaf, and Prizehead.
Baby carrots can be harvested after about 30 days. Other carrot varieties may take between 50 and 80 days to mature.
Spinach is ready in as little as 4 to 6 weeks after planting.
Snow peas take only about 10 days to germinate and are ready for harvest in about 60 days.
Most varieties of bush beans are ready to harvest within 40 to 65 days from planting.
KALE & OTHER LEAFY GREENS
Kale, mustard greens and watercress are just a few delicious, super healthy greens that are fast growers. Most take about 50 to 65 days to mature, but baby leaves can be picked as early as 25 days.
Turnip roots are ready for harvest after about 60 days, however the highly edible leaves can be harvested in only 40 days.
Many varieties of squash, including zucchini, are usually ready after about 70 days. For best flavor, harvest squash when they are still small. Once you’ve got lots of zucchini harvested from your garden, turn them into healthy zucchini noodles (also known as zoodles). For recipes and ideas, check out one of our sister sites, Zucchini Noodle Recipes. There are zoodle recipes for almost every dietary plan!
Most varieties of cucumbers can be harvested about 50 to 70 days after planting.