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Fast Growing Vegetables For Impatient Gardeners

Some people are impatient and want their fast-growing vegetables so they can use them as soon as possible.

This is my list of fast-growing vegetables, all in 60 days or less.

The List of Fast Growing Vegetables

1. Watercress – 10 days

Watercress can be planted almost anywhere, as long as it has water. It is very rich in nutrients and in only 10 days it will be possible to eat it. Learn how to grow watercress step by step.

growing vegetables watercress

2. Chives – 21 days

Chives like the sun very much, but it is possible to plant them in a place with some shade. When chives are more than 6″ (15 cm) long it is ready to be harvested. Learn more about how to plant chives.

Tip: If you cut it near the base it will grow back in a few days.

3. Radish – 22 days

Radish has very fast growth, in only 3 days it has already sprouted. It can be planted all year round but prefers a cool climate and full sun. I recommend you read our article about radish harvesting.

harvesting radishes

4. Lettuce – 30 days

Lettuce can be planted throughout the year in soil rich in organic matter and aerated. The best time to plant is fall and spring. One advantage is that you can constantly harvest lettuce without killing the plant and thus always get fresh lettuce.

5. Spinach – 40 days

Spinach prefers soils rich in organic matter and partial shade. I recommend fertilizing the soil before planting spinach to obtain an abundant harvest. Learn more about how to harvest spinach without killing the plant.

spinach growing vegetables

6. Turnip – 40 days

Turnip prefers loose soil and is rich in compost. In approximately 50 days it will be possible to harvest turnip.

7. Arugula – 40 days

Arugula can be planted all year round, and it will be possible to harvest it in approximately 40 days. Rich in iron, calcium, and vitamins. Learn more about how to grow arugula from seed.

how to grow arugula step by step

8. Cucumber – 50 days

Cucumbers like the soil to be sandy and rich in compost. It does not like cold weather and needs good drainage. Learn more about when to harvest cucumbers.

9. Baby Carrots – 50 days

Carrots like sandy soil. It prefers cold weather but with constant sunshine. Keep the soil always moist. Learn more about how and when to harvest carrots.

baby carrots growing vegetables

10. Beet – 50 days

Beet is a plant highly recommended for health. It is rich in potassium, betacarotene, calcium, and iron. It needs fertile soil, the best time to plant is in the fall or spring because it does not support strong heat. Growing beets is very easy!!!!

11. Chard – 50 days

Chard thrives in almost any soil; all it needs is for the soil never to become saturated with water. It needs soil that is rich in nutrients and has very good drainage.


12. Pea – 60 days

Pea prefers a cool and humid climate. It provides nutrients and energy. It is good for the soil since it fixes the nitrogen. Learn more about how and when to harvest peas.

Final Conclusions

When selecting fast-growing vegetables, consider your climate, available space, and personal preferences. Some popular choices include lettuce, spinach, radishes, arugula, and green beans. However, there are many other options to explore based on your specific gardening goals.

By incorporating fast-growing vegetables into your garden plans, you can enjoy the rewards of a quick harvest, a continuous supply of fresh produce, and the satisfaction of seeing your garden flourish in a relatively short period.

About Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan is an agronomist horticulture founder of The Garden Style Company and The Garden Style Website. He previously worked for Mondelēz International as an Agronomist Engineer specializing in agricultural products management in highly populated areas. In 2000, Henry started working with farmer-producers in agricultural businesses selling wholesale fresh produce and retail plants in Van Buren, Arkansas. Nowadays, Henry lives in California, where he offers expert consulting services for organic vegetable gardening. As a science writer working with his wife, Julia, Henry shares his passion for gardening and farming, trying to reach and teach as many folks as possible.

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