5 Fast-Growing Vegetables to Try

Quickly-Maturing Vegetables to Grow


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As you harvest vegetables from the garden, fill in the gaps with fast-growing vegetables. Watch the video, above, to find out 5 of our favorites!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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