Fast Growing Vegetables

Short List Of Fast Growing Vegetables

Fast Growing Vegetables

Fast vegetable crops are good to grow because they provide some food on the table in the shortest period of time. They are a good jump-start to the growing season after a winter of grocery store produce.

If you have a limited season (colder climate zones), then you can help maximize your garden’s output by growing fast-growing vegetables.

Also, in a post SHTF world, these vegetables will provide quick food from the garden…




Certified Organic Radish
Days to harvest: 20-30. They grow very quickly! They might be a little spicy-hot, but they are one of the fastest-growing root vegetables. They’re one of just a few vegetables that you can plant from seed at the beginning of a month and enjoy a harvest by the end of the month.

When sowing radish seeds, plant some about a half-inch deep and the rest a little deeper. Those close to the surface will germinate more quickly, extending the harvest by a few days. The deeper roots will be later, but larger, than the shallow ones.



Purple Top White Globe Turnip Seeds – Non-GMO

Days to harvest: 40 – 60. Turnips grow very fast. Plant in rich, loose soil with lots of organic matter and compost. Mulch heavily and water at a rate of 1 inch per week to prevent the roots from becoming tough and bitter. Fully mature turnip roots are generally ready after 60 days, when they measure up to 3 inches in diameter – although can be harvested smaller.



Spinach Seeds Heirloom Pack – Non GMO

Days to harvest: 45-50. Spinach is one of the fastest-growing leaf vegetables. Plant in the spring and start harvesting the leaves in four to six weeks, beginning with the older, larger ones. The spinach plant will keep growing and producing new leaves well into the summer.


Loose Leaf lettuce

Certified Organic Lettuce

Days to harvest: 45-55. Leaf lettuce such as Romaine, can be harvested in less than 2 months after planting. Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well cultivated soil with good drainage. Loose-leaf types can be picked as soon as leaves are large enough to eat.



Certified Organic Kale – Non GMO

Days to harvest: 50-60. Kale grows well in nearly any kind of soil, has few problems associated with it and will give you a quick tasty harvest.



Certified Organic Beets – Heirloom – Non GMO, Non Hybrid

Days to harvest: 50-70. Beets are a cool season vegetable crop and do not like heat. They can survive frost and almost freezing temperatures. Plant seeds 1/2-inch deep and 1-2 inches apart. Pick beets when their shoulders protrude from the soil.


Bush (Snap) Beans

Certified Organic Green Beans – Heirloom – Non GMO, Non Hybrid

Days to harvest: 50-70. Bush beans provide a fast and high yield. In about six weeks after planting, you can start harvesting thin, tender bush beans from your garden. To keep the plants productive, harvest when the beans are small.



Certified Organic Peas – Heirloom – Non GMO, Non Hybrid

Days to harvest: 50-70. English, Snap, and Snow peas are a great addition to a fast paced garden. Pick the pods when the lumps are filled out and feel defined.



Certified Organic Broccoli – Heirloom – Non GMO, Non Hybrid

Days to harvest: 70-100. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep, and space your plants 12 to 24 inches apart. Once the main head has been harvested, the broccoli plants will still produce smaller heads from side shoots throughout the season.

Note: Days to harvest are from seed, and will vary depending on your variety and conditions.

What about your experiences? What else do you like that will produce quickly?

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    1. Sprouts can be grown and ready to eat in six days. However, if you’re starving and have access to BARLEY… steep the seeds in hot water until they fatten and soften, and you’ll have a meal right away!

  1. Turnips are on the top of my list. I call them a “poor mans potato”, since they can be fried, stewed , and even mashed, You can grow three crops a year of these and they even like cool weather.

    Another is yellow squash, cucumbers, and zucchini. The also will produce a harvest quickly. I usually plant a hill or two several times during the harvest season to extend their use.

  2. When you plant your first seedlings ready for the garden, don’t forget the rabbit fence or better yet; traps. They love peas and beans, and also love to decapitate anything else.
    We had some broccoli last year (probably hybrids) that produced all summer through a drought without being watered. They continued producing until nearly Christmas through some snow and freezing temperatures until it got too bitterly cold.

    Sweet potatoes are not fast, but they are yummy. They also survived the drought. We just planted a few chunks of a store bought sweet potato into a hill of soft dirt and some of the prior year’s barn cleanings, and then ignored it.

    1. @Americuhh;
      There is an heirloom broccoli that grows just as you describe, I grow it every year and save the seeds for the next year. It’s called ‘Calabrese’. It’s so extremely prolific that 6 plants will provide way more than enough for 2 people all year. (Don’t forget that with broccoli you can also peel and eat the stems of the plant. I shred that and make slaw with it, very good!)

      I also grow Swiss Chard, as it can be planted much earlier than other greens here, and it is a plant that will produce for 2 years before it goes to seed. You can start picking it a week after it starts growing, it’s so fast.

      1. Thanks for the information on the heirloom broccoli. I am not sure what broccoli we had last year as it was bought at a farm supply store, and I did not bother to keep any id. With 4 plants I had enough to freeze some, I can’t wrestle the hubby down and make him eat his veggies.

    2. I started a garden in my back yard one year. Got it all planted and ready. The next morning EVERYTHING was gone. I was so mad. I got my .22lr and sat on my roof all night. Right at sunrise a big fat rabbit came into what was my garden. He was very tasty with a little BBQ on my grill.

  3. You can also plant about 50 carrot plants and 50 radishes together in a one foot square container! Place the carrot seeds deeper than the radishes planted above them, which will be ready sooner than the carrots. After you’ve harvested the radishes, the carrot plants will be on their way up! With the plants closer together, there’s no room for weeds, either. :-)

  4. Try throwing a few radishes into your vegetable soup. They lose the heat and develop a sweet broccoli like flavor. They are In same family, after all.

    1. And speaking of broccoli, the broccoli LEAVES are very tasty and more nutritious than the “heads.” Cook them same as kale, removing the center rib. Wonderful steamed and served with a bit of butter and salt, or added to soup.

  5. Don’t forget about the most wonderful Beetroots that can be used in Salads and sweet with lashings of chocolate……….I had a good crop last year even though it was cold with rain in the UK……….They don’t need much depth so can be good growers in small containers.

    1. Beet roots grow too slow. However the TOPS can be eaten well before the bottoms have grown.

  6. Nice poll.

    We plant almost everything on the list except Rhubarb, cantaloupes, watermelon, cauliflower, soy beans and pole beans. We opt for bush beans since they are not as much work as pole beans. I planted pole beans one year and wound up with a big mess to clean up from all the tie vines, bean plants, broken poles and tie strings. Wound up having to push them into a big pile with the front end loader and let them rot down. I swore never to do that again. Rhubarb doesn’t grow here and we have the wrong kind of soil for good sweet cantaloupes and watermelon. I tried both and failed miserably to produce anything worth eating although the chickens scarf them down and the compost seems to like them. The absolute best cantaloupe I’ve ever eaten were from West Texas. Those are the biggest and sweetest cantaloupes ever!! Must be the dry climate and sandy soil.

    Right now we have 85 tomato plants, a row of snap beans and a row of butter beans, a row of potatoes and a row of garlic. Put in a bunch of hot peppers, some egg plants and several varieties of squash/pumpkins. The purple hull peas didn’t sprout so have to be replanted in a couple weeks. Not sure if I had bad seed or just too early. The Okra has just started to sprout. The shallots and green onions are almost all gone. We’ll replant the green onions from seed this year in July. The potatoes should be ready to start digging by the end of the month. Harvested some of the early garlic last week and will dig the rest next week. The late garlic won’t be ready for at least six weeks. Never a dull moment around here.

  7. Hello guys thank you for this wonderful advise.

    I have a further issue.
    I’m in Thailand.
    I have 11 dogs (rescues)
    What can I grow for them in the case of an emergency
    How could I grow/farm a sustainable protein source?

    1. Grow grass and graze animals on it. Dogs need meat of some sort but stretching it with things like rice is common practice as well. There are quite a few guides floating around that a quick google search will show of what type of protein/vitamin requirements dogs have.

      How much space do you have? Rabbits could be an option though they are much too lean for them to survive off if you don’t have a sizeable area.

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