5 Fast-Growing Vegetables to Try

Quickly-Maturing Vegetables to Grow


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There are plenty of vegetables that go from sowing to harvest in very little time at all. In this video, we’ll look at five of these super-speedy vegetables that will give you a harvest in just a few weeks

Whether you just want quick results in the spring or have bare patches in the summer, fill in the gaps with quickly-maturing vegetables.

Leaving the ground bare not only grows weeds and leaves soil prone to erosion, but also it’s a wasted opportunity to grow another crop!

You’ve done so much work preparing the soil and establishing your garden, sprinkle some more seeds to yield a fresh harvest of veggies?

After you watch this video, why not take a look at our online Garden Planner? It’s never too early—or too late—to learn. Click here for a free 7-day trial: https://gardenplanner.almanac.com A week is ample time to play around on your computer and plan a garden!

And for more information on growing vegetables, see our free Vegetable Growing Guides.

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I hate the videos. I don't want to watch tv on my computer. When you post a link to information and it is only available via video I just close the page. Please post the text article for those of us who still know how to read.


I agree completely about videos. I don't have time to sit through videos on every subject of interest to me. It's very helpful when videos are accompanied by text.

Closed Captioning

We apologize for the inconvenience! Many of our videos do have transcripts, but we are still working on adding transcripts to all of them. In the meantime, all of our videos have closed captioning (CC), which you can turn on by clicking the CCbutton in the lower right side of the YouTube video.

Speedy veg

We look for short-season varieties in all crops, due to uncertain weather on our little mountain homestead. We grow all of the veggies mentioned, plus onions, potatoes, and sometimes edible flowers like calendula, chamomile, evening primrose. (Tomatoes on the other hand, take a lot of care up here!)
While full-size onions might not have time to mature, they are very tasty when young - the tops for "green onions" or pesto, the young bulbs can substitute for scallions or leeks. Likewise, "baby potatoes" are very tasty, and sometimes a stray tuber will put up a new plant the following year. This is also a good time to deliberately plant crops that will overwinter, like fall annual flowers, garlic, walking onions, or parsnips.
One thing I discovered about radishes - if you plant too many and they go to seed, the green seed pods are very tasty in salad, and can make good mini-pickles (they have a little bit of that hot/horseradishy 'bite').
Also, chickweed (stellaria media) and lamb's quarters may volunteer in those empty spaces - these are choice edible weeds. Chickweed is great raw in salads or pesto. Lamb's quarters should be lightly cooked, great substitute for spinach in hot dishes like spanikopita or pastas. Amaranth greens are also edible. I tend to trim these rather than uprooting them, to keep them producing tender vegetative growth and crowd out less-tasty weeds.

Click bait

Every time I click on a link in your newsletter, it leads to ads and more click bait. There is no story to read. Very disappointed that Almanac has turned into this unsatisfactory experience. All popups and inappropriate ads.

re: Click Bait

Right - thought that too until I scrolled back up and realized that the
"article" was a video!

I hadn't noticed the red arrow in the center of the picture that first
time I looked!

Great info, by the way....

totally agree

Videos are nice, but not always ideal. A person can't always watch a video and it is very disappointing to find no text and just a video when clicking through from the newsletter. The image in the newsletter does look like a video still, but the button says "read more," so I expected to find some info I could read.


For those of us who are hard of hearing, videos are a waste, unless they stand alone on visuals only - which is rare. Besides, I can read an article much faster than watching a video.

I've asked this before, and been told that transcripts are available - but where?!


We apologize for the inconvenience! Many of our videos do have transcripts, but we are still working on adding transcripts to all of them. In the meantime, all of our videos have closed captioning (CC), which you can turn on by clicking the CC button in the lower right side of the YouTube video.

Videos vs. Reading

I still know how to read -in fact, I'm an avid reader. Therefore, it's really nice when I don't have to read every article that I receive an email link to! Plus, there's more info to be gleaned in a video: a picture is worth a thousand words ;) Closed captioning is a great idea -I have actually used closed captioning on videos, movies, etc., to teach reading! Thanks for your helpful info and hard work "Farmer's Almanac."

Super-hot here on Long

Super-hot here on Long Island's North Shore. Beans grow extremely well and carrots, too. My radishes NEVER develop, no matter what, so I no longer grow them. Nasturtiums - flowers and leaves - are delicious,bright and amusing in salad, and grow very well. Once it's mid-August, we can usually get a decent crop of peas for the fall.

radishes are pickier than I thought!

I was able to easily grow a variety of red, pink and white radishes this summer, but 1.5 miles away, my dad has never had any luck growing them. Who knows! (I'm in VA, near DC.)


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