So everyone else started planting their vegetable garden months ago, and you’re a little behind—but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for grocery store veggies. You can still reap a tasty harvest if you plant these 7 Quick Growing Veggies in your garden. So gather up your seeds, prep your soil, and watch your garden come to life!
The purpose of using these 7 Quick Growing Veggies
These 7 Quick Growing Veggies are some of our favorite things to grow on our urban farm. Why? I thought you might ask that! Have you waited around for something before? So, have I! We don’t like it too much. The idea with using quick growing crops in your garden is that you can get that harvest quicker. It also means that you can a garden that is more productive throughout the season.
Here are the 7 Quick Growing Veggies that every gardener should be growing
The species of radish that we’re most familiar with is the round type such as Cherry Belle. It is a fast-growing vegetable that produces a crop within 22-28 days of planting.
There are hundreds of different varieties out there for you to try but here are our favorites: French Breakfast, Easter Egg and Watermelon (Chinese Red meat Radish)
Learning How To Grow Radishes is super easy and you can keep planting after each harvest to keep your kitchen and belly full all season.
This salad staple is an ideal crop for anyone late to the gardening party. There are varieties that are ready to harvest in 40 days. Lettuce is easy to grow and provides tons of valuable salad greens all season long.
Not only does lettuce grow quickly but it also thrives in cool temperatures. In fact, it does best when temperatures dip into the 40s. Mature plants can produce a yield when temperatures are as low as 25°F.
We love growing a variety of different lettuces throughout our urban farm because we can harvest baby leaves from several different plants to make a beautiful salad. Here are some of our favorite varieties: Winter Density, Buttercrunch, Romaine, Green & Red Oakleaf, and New Red Fire.
Related: How to grow Lettuce
3. Perpetual Spinach
Perpetual Spinach can grow in partial shade and produces leaves about 25-30 days after planting. This delicious veggie can be planted in mid-August and will produce a hefty harvest well into December in zone 8. Perpetual Spinach grows well in a variety of different soils and conditions making this green a must grow in every backyard garden.
Many species of snap beans can still be planted as long as you have at least two months left of frost-free weather. Snap beans can withstand temperatures as low as 30°F—if you live in a warm climate, these crops are actually best planted between the last week in July and first week of August. Snap beans are one of the most productive crops per the space that you can grow.
Our favorite varieties are Contender, Blue Lake 274 and Landreth’s Stringless.
Although these Beets need at least 45 to 65 days to reach a full harvest, they can be planted in autumn—just make sure to get them in the soil at least six to eight weeks before the first frost. There are plenty of reasons to grow and eat beets—in addition to being sweet and delicious, beets are also high in fiber and vitamins A and C.
We love growing Beets in our backyard garden because they are a multi-use vegetable. You can use the beet root as well as the delicious edible greens. The greens go great in a salad or in a fresh juice.
Once you’ve learned how to grow carrots, you can keep planting them every three weeks, starting at least 10 to 12 weeks before the first frost date. Yes! Carrots are one of the 7 quick growing veggies that you can grow in your backyard veggie garden. Carrots require consistently moist soil in order to fully germinate, so be sure to set up an excellent irrigation system or set a reminder to water your crops often. If you do not have an irrigation system in place for the carrots, you can simply place a damp towel over them to help keep the area moist.
There is nothing better than fresh grown carrots from your garden. They are sweeter than any carrot that you could buy at the super market. We love growing carrots!
If you live in warmer climates, you can grow pretty much any summer squash in the fall and have great success. I strategy on summer squash is two parts. First, we plant early in the spring under miniature greenhouses that act as a cold frame. Second, we plant early and often. We generally plant squash and zucchini every week in different areas of the garden all throughout the summer until July. Once July arrives, we have insect pressure from squash bugs so we allow the plants to finish out. In early August, we start planting again for fall. I have noticed that we do not have the same insect pressure in the fall as we do in the summer.
Most summer squash varieties are around the 50-55 days to maturity from transplant which makes it a great choice for fall planting. Our favorite varieties include White Scalloped Squash (a white Patty Pan), Cocozelle Zucchini (Italian Heirloom), 49er Hybird Yellow Zucchini and Crookneck Yellow Squash.
Related: How to grow Zucchini
If you want to grow some easy quick growing crops then find a place in your garden for these 7 quick growing veggies. They will keep you in fresh veggies all fall long.
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