Fast-Growing Spring Vegetables for Eager Gardeners

| 12/1/2017 12:00:00 AM


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Once springtime hits, gardening season is on. Professional gardeners will have done their annual research to predict when the last frost may occur so they can be prepared for planting. Some gardeners will fill their garden kits with fresh soil and plant for the long-haul, choosing vegetables that take a while to mature. Other gardeners, like yourself, may be more eager for your garden bed to reach that first harvest as soon as possible. If so, there are some vegetables known for having rapid growth.

Kale, turnips, spinach, sugar snap peas, and radishes are great examples of fast-growing spring vegetables. As you can see, leafy greens and root vegetables tend to grow quickest. They are perfect for salads, stir-fries, and have a rustic taste that always astounds. There is no difference between fast-growing and slow-growing vegetables — simply the vegetables themselves. If you are looking for a quick harvest, get to know the following vegetables and their growth times.


Time to harvest: 50 to 70 days.

Kale is known for its cold tolerance and could potentially be planted before the last frost. They need plenty of water and will produce frequently if you harvest from the outside leaves.


Time to harvest: 30 to 60 days.

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