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10 Fast-Harvesting Vegetables to Grow in the Garden

Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.

Fast-harvesting vegetables let the gardener enjoy the fruits of labor a bit sooner.

Fast-harvesting vegetables let the gardener enjoy the fruits of labor a bit sooner.

When planting the garden, the gardener must patiently wait for those delicious fruits and vegetables to reach our kitchen tables. While the gardener must wait patiently to enjoy the fruits of their labor, the delightful news is that there are fast-harvesting vegetables to sew into the garden patch. Here is a list of tasty veggies you will not have to wait much longer to harvest after sprouting.

  1. Garden cress
  2. Radishes
  3. Basil
  4. Lettuce
  5. Mustard greens
  6. Baby bok choy
  7. Green onions
  8. Chives
  9. Microgreens
  10. Fox cherry tomatoes
Garden cress is one of the fastest harvesting greens to plant.

Garden cress is one of the fastest harvesting greens to plant.

1. Garden Cress

Garden cress is a leafy vegetable that is nutritious and easy to grow in the garden—a great beginner crop for the gardener and a wonderful survival veggie. The seeds will sprout in three days and sometimes in 24 hours under the best conditions.

In 15 days, the cress will be ready to harvest. If you prefer smaller leaves, you may harvest garden cress in seven days. It is also a cut-and-come-again crop, so you may re-harvest quite a few times.

The leaves of radishes are edible as well as those tangy red bulbs.

The leaves of radishes are edible as well as those tangy red bulbs.

2. Radishes

Radishes are one of the fastest growing vegetables to harvest. The leaves are edible, as well as that tangy red bauble. The seeds sprout between 5–7 days and can be harvested 21 days after planting. A great beginner edible plant for the gardener, it is an excellent choice for a fast harvest. Enjoy these tangy little veggies!

Basil is one of the most flavorful and popular culinary herbs for the gardener.

Basil is one of the most flavorful and popular culinary herbs for the gardener.

3. Basil

Basil is a flavorful culinary herb with so many varieties to choose from. It is commonly considered a herb instead of a vegetable and a favorite leafy edible of the gardener. It only takes 7–10 days to germinate and can be harvested 21 days after planting.

This herb thrives during the spring or summer unless placed in a cold frame or greenhouse. This fast-harvesting leafy delight can be put in salads and sandwiches. The leaves are also a main ingredient in gourmet recipes like pesto. Enjoy!

Some varieties of lettuce can grow quite large. Lettuce will continue to thrive throughout the winter season.

Some varieties of lettuce can grow quite large. Lettuce will continue to thrive throughout the winter season.

4. Lettuce

Lettuce can be harvested quickly. Many varieties of lettuce seeds sprout between 7 to 15 days. The leaves reach maturity in 30 days, but lush leaves may be harvested as soon as they reach the desired size. Lettuce grows best when planted in the shade and will grow throughout the winter season. It also can be planted during the winter season as well.

Lettuce takes a lot of water, so you may conserve water by planting in a pot that is placed on top of a larger pot growing other veggies. Planting lettuce in the shade also conserves water, and the winter season does not dry up the soil as quickly. You may also plant lettuce next to another crop in the garden patch so excess water runs into adjoining vegetables.

Lettuce is also a popular vegetable for aquaponics and hydroponics systems. Most varieties of lettuce will also continue to grow leaves if the entire head is not removed, so it can be a convenient cut-and-grow-again veggie. Lettuce varieties like Romaine lettuce are convenient to cut and grow again because you simply chop the leaves from the top of the plant without removing the head so that they will continue to grow.

5. Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are a fast crop that is easy for the beginner gardener to sow into the ground. The seeds sprout within 1–3 days of planting and can be harvested after 40 days.

When harvesting, be sure to pluck the outer leaves, as the inner leaves will continue to grow. The leafy greens are a tasty addition to salads and fast harvesting for the gardener. Mustard greens are a great pic for the gardener for veggies that will thrive in the garden.

Baby bok choy is commonly added to soups and salads.

Baby bok choy is commonly added to soups and salads.

6. Baby Bok Choy

Bok choy is one of the most flavorful leafy vegetables to grow in the garden, it can be added to stews and salads. It is also a cut-and-come-again crop. The seeds will germinate between 7–10 days. You may harvest bok choy in 30 days, commonly known as baby bok choy. Bok choy reaches full maturity in 45 days if you prefer the larger leaves.

Green onions is a hardy veggie that is ideal for the beginner gardener. Scallions are easy to grow and fast harvesting!

Green onions is a hardy veggie that is ideal for the beginner gardener. Scallions are easy to grow and fast harvesting!

7. Green Onions

Green onions, also known as scallions, are one of the easiest and most resourceful vegetables to grow in the garden, with many perks. It takes 6 to 12 days for seeds to germinate. Green onions can be harvested 50 days after planting.

When thinning crops, those little baby onions can be tasty in recipes like broths and salads. You may also harvest green scallions in 15 days if you plant store-bought green onion roots, a project that is a lot of fun and skips the time it takes to sprout seeds. Green onions don’t require much water and will continue to grow throughout the winter season.

Onion flowers also make great pollinators if you allow a few of those green slender leaves to flower. Once they flower, they will also drop seeds for a few more to grow. Green onions will also continue to grow if you cut the green shoot without removing the root. It is a hardy plant! A fast-harvesting veggie that is ideal for the beginner gardener and those of us who love scallions with our recipes.

Chives are a tasty alternative to onions!

Chives are a tasty alternative to onions!

8. Chives

Chives are a fast-growing herb that takes 7–14 days to sprout. Chives are generally harvested 60 days after sprouting, though under optimal conditions, you may harvest a bit sooner. This little herb is a good alternative to onions. The flowers are edible, and it takes up a relatively small place in the garden. Chives grow throughout the winter season as well as summer and will continue to sprout as the flowers drop seeds.

9. Microgreens

Microgreens are the fastest harvesting crops for gardeners. Because you are harvesting the tiny crop of these leafy vegetables just past the sprouting stage. After 14 days of planting, you may enjoy the fruits of your labor. There are many kinds of leafy seeds you may use that are common for microgreen crops:

  • Radishes
  • Mustard
  • Watercress
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Mixed greens

It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment because you may grow microgreens inside the house. There are kits available to grow your first crop on the best shelf of your home and use a relatively small space. The health benefits are plentiful since you now may harvest live food for salads and recipes. After trimming the small leaves, you may harvest more than once from a single tray. Enjoy!

Basil and tomato is two favorites of the garden hobbyist. Enjoy!

Basil and tomato is two favorites of the garden hobbyist. Enjoy!

10. Fox Cherry Tomatoes

Tomatoes are tasty and popular in the garden; although the fox cherry isn’t exactly a fast-harvesting vegetable, it is a good option for tomato lovers. Larger variety tomatoes like beefsteak can take quite some time to grow, and sadly, a gardener may lose the plant before enjoying those red beauties. Smaller varieties like grape or cherry tomatoes will produce multiple tomatoes on a single plant and grow tasty tomatoes in a timely manner.

Fox cherry tomatoes will take 7–10 days for the plant to sprout from seed, and flowers will begin appearing within a month of planting. With rich soil, tomatoes may be harvested 6–8 weeks after that. The fox cherry is a tasty option for the tomato lover and not as small as grape tomatoes, a good size for salads and sauces. A good alternative for tomato growers who wish to keep tomatoes as part of the garden medley.

I hope this list will help you reap the benefits of what you sow. Enjoy your crop!

Further Reading

  • Vegetables That Can Be Grown From Kitchen Scraps
    For the beginner gardener, an easy way to start that garden patch is to utilize what is already right there in your kitchen. Here are five vegetables that can be grown from kitchen scraps.
  • Which Vegetables Can Grow in Winter?
    The winter months can be difficult for a garden, but there are some vegetables, like garlic and onions, that thrive in the wintry season.
  • The Easy Way to Grow Green Onions
    One of the easiest ways to grow green onions is start with the ones you buy at the local grocery store. Tips on starting your green onion plants, planting green onions in soil, and what type of fertilizer is best for green onions.