There is nothing more rewarding than harvesting your own vegetables from your garden. The wait, however, can be excruciating. Rather than waiting months to finally get some produce from your plants, below is a list of some of the fastest-producing vegetables that will payout in no time.
1. Sunflower Shoots
Although you do have to wait some time for your sunflowers to fully mature and to harvest sunflower seeds, you can actually harvest the shoots in a matter of about 12 days. These shoots offer a huge variety of nutrients. They are best when they are young, with just about two young leaves.
2. Garden Cress
Garden cress can be planted in early spring and can be harvested in as little as two weeks.
Spring radishes grow best in cooler weather. You’ll see sprouts in a few days, with your first harvest ready in about three weeks.
4. Green Onion
Green onions, or scallions, grow quickly and can be harvested over and over again. It takes about 21 days for the shoots to grow past six inches; once they reach that benchmark, you can trim them back to the base repeatedly.
Ideal for early spring or late summer, lettuce will be ready for harvest in about 30 days. Even better, you can sow your favorite lettuce seeds (or a variety) every 14 days for a continuous harvest.
Like its lettuce cousins, spinach takes about 30 days before it’s ready for harvest, but compared to most other vegetables that’s nothing. Sow spinach seeds consistently throughout the cooler months for a constant supply of spinach. The same benefits apply to arugula as well.
In just under two months, you can have full size turnips ready for harvesting. For the impatient gardener, smaller edible turnips can be ready even earlier.
You can harvest some of the leaves from a beet plant about a month after planting. Full-sized beets will be ready for eating in 60 days.
Zucchini is easy to grow even for the novice gardener, and will produce large vegetables in a short amount of time. Once the plant begins to flower, expect your vegetables to start appearing in a few days. You can easily have a full harvest of zucchini within two months.
It’s best to harvest your cucumbers when they’re young, since they develop a bitter flavor as they get larger and older. About 50 days after planning your seeds, you’ll have your first crop ready, with continuous production after.
11. Broccoli Rabe
Also known as rapini, broccoli rabe can be ready for harvesting just 40 days after being planted. All parts of this vegetable are edible and go great in salads and pastas.
As you can see, you don’t always have to wait months on end for a productive harvest of your vegetables. Try incorporating these vegetables into your garden and planting new seeds as regularly as possible to keep your harvest bountiful all season long.