I’m not the most patient gardener. Waiting for seeds to come up and actually become something edible is tough for me. Every day I look at my garden and wait for something ANYTHING to happen. Over the years I learned to grow vegetables that are ready fast! While it’s not instant satisfaction, I do get a chance to harvest and eat a few vegetables in around a month. This is enough to tide me over until everything else in my garden begins to ripen!
If, for whatever reason, you are looking for a quick harvest, consider planting these vegetables in your garden. Not only will you get to eat them sooner, you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a second or third crop!
Radishes– These little red globes of crunch grow fast! Radishes are loaded with vitamin C and fiber, which makes them great for you. In Eastern medicine, radishes are eaten to eliminate toxins in the body. You can eat them raw, in salads, pickled, or even braised.
Baby Kale– Baby Kale is the same as regular Kale; you just harvest it a bit early. This superfood is loaded with magnesium, iron, folate, calcium and vitamin A. The tender leaves are delicious in a salad, but I prefer to stir them into a nice bean soup.
Green Onions– Because they don’t have to develop big bulbs, you can harvest and eat green onions in 30 days. They are loaded with Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Calcium, which means they are good for heart and eye health. Eat them raw in salads, or stir fry them with other vegetables or meats. My family loves them on pizza.
Lettuce- Granted, you won’t have a big head of lettuce in 30 days, but you can harvest some lettuce leaves. Lettuce is low fat and low calorie, but it is high in Vitamin A, and contains Vitamin C.Toss in a salad with herbs and other greens for a refreshing and light treat.
Baby Carrots– Again, a regular sized carrot will take a bit longer to grow up, but you can eat carrots when they are still babies. If you find yourself “thinning” your carrot rows, set aside the ones you pull up. Carrots are loaded with Beta Carotene, and are great for your eyes. Eat them as you would regular carrots… they are just smaller.
Bok Choy– Bok Choy greens can be harvested and eaten early. It contains Potassium, fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Take some of the outer leaves, and add them to stir fries or soups.
Of course, if you are SUPER IMPATIENT, or just in a hurry to get some fresh nutrition, you can grow sprouts. They don’t need soil, and they are ready to eat in just days!!
Enjoy your veggies sooner by planting seeds that grow into delicious foods in just 30 days!
all photos courtesy of Wikipedia
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