Fastest Growing Vegtables

Discussion in 'Gardening and Agriculture' started by TechAdmin, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

    What are some of the fastest growing vegetables?
  2. gds

    gds Well-Known Member

    leaf lettuce, spinach, ?

  3. kev

    kev Member

    Radishes are the fastest growing veggie that I know of. On average, you can start thinning the sprouts out (if they were planted thick) at 2 weeks. At 30 days the radishes are ready to harvest, and at 45 days they are over ripe. You should be able to plant and harvest radishes every 2 weeks once you get the ball rolling.

    The bottom of the radish can be eaten raw or boiled, the leafy green top can be eaten raw, added to a salad or boiled.
  4. What other foods do radishes go good with besides salads?
  5. Chardo

    Chardo Member

  6. BlackPaladin

    BlackPaladin Enforcer

    When we did some science experiments in elementary school, we used radish seeds. We were told they were the fastest germinating seed, and we could quickly see the results of our experiments.
  7. dilligaf

    dilligaf Well-Known Member

    radishes are the quickest to sprout and grow all parts of the radish are edible so one can begin eating from them within a week or so. Spinach, kale and lettuces are also fast growing.Most greens can begin being harvested in just over a months time. Broccoli and cauliflower leaves are also edible as they grow. Dont forget the sprout family as well. One can sprout seed in as little as a couple days and get a lot of needed nutrients to add to a meager diet
  8. dilligaf

    dilligaf Well-Known Member

    Dont forget amaranth either. It is a grain crop or vegetable crop. Even though i dont plant tons of it for our own personal consumption as a grain , the leaves are edible from the time they begin growing and are good tasting. The grains can be used for critter feed if you have them and you can always sprout the grains if you dont want to go thru the torture of grinding it all down into flour.
  9. trace

    trace Guest

    If you are relying for leafy greens to feed you, how would you keep deer away / would they eat your entire garden in one night if they came?
  10. BlackPaladin

    BlackPaladin Enforcer

    Well, then you wouldn't have to worry too much about food any longer.
  11. dilligaf

    dilligaf Well-Known Member

    we have had major deer issues this year in one of our larger sized gardens that is a good piece away from the house and the dogs did a lousy job of keeping track of our property.:( This garden does have an outer perimeter four foot fence but the deer hold raves down there quite often. They destroyed most of the summer garden late in the season this summer.

    but i have found a solution :D and i would suggest this to anyone that is worried bout deer . Deer need a six foot span in any direction to jump a fence. The solution is to fence (4 foot is all i am using and is simply field fence) areas less than six foot wide and six foot long. Although i do have a couple longer beds too. Nothing has touched anything within those fences even though the deer still come to party in the holler several nights a week. I have several types of greens as well as broccoli caulifloweer, cabbage , brussel sprouts and turnips planted in and not a leaf one has been nibbled.
  12. dunappy

    dunappy Well-Known Member

    spinach, swiss chard, Lettuce,
  13. sewtnanny

    sewtnanny Member

    In my little neck of the woods (middle TN) I grew up eating them with pintos and cornbread. Might be worth it to purchase more seeds than usual. Pintos daily or almost daily doesn't excite me. Relishes, onions, kraut, radishes, etc. will help a bit, though. I think next week, I'll make some more relish...
  14. weedygarden

    weedygarden Well-Known Member

    You can cook radishes

    I have heard of sauteing radishes and more recently, I saved a recipe for creamed radishes.This recipe calls for heavy cream, and I am sure it tastes better with cream, but I would be inclined to use milk.

    Creamed Radishes
    1 pound radishes
    2 TBL butter
    2 TBL flour
    1/2 salt
    1/8 teaspoon pepper
    1/2 cup heavy cream

    Cut radishes in half lengthwise. Place into a pot with 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer until radishes are pierceable and still a little firm. Drain.

    Add butter to pot and melt. Add flour and whisk til smooth. Stir in salt & pepper. Whisk in cream and continue cooking until thickened.
    Stir in radishes. Serve warm.

    This recipe sounds good as well.Radishes Simmered with Thyme Recipe -
  15. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    think about non-traditional vegetation and/or fungus...

    bamboo shoots (I've seen up to 1 foot a day growth!)
    dandelion greens
    many edible mushrooms grow to edible size in a week
  16. kappydell

    kappydell Well-Known Member

    If you are considering mobility at all, consider learning which 'weeds' are edible in your area. They grow fastest of all! Many are edible and good for you as well. Dandelion greens picked early are delicious, as are any of the wild mustard greens. Lambs quarter, chicory, dock, all come to mind off the top of my head. Medicinals also grow wild too.
  17. CrackbottomLouis

    CrackbottomLouis Winston Smith Sent Me

    Wheatgrass is easy to grow. You can grow it in a clear plastic tube on top of your refrigerator. Stuff grows like kudzu and is good in salad or juiced. Very nutritious.
  18. weedygarden

    weedygarden Well-Known Member

    I have been interested in this for years, but

    I have never collected any.

    One of the things that my grandmother picked to eat during the 30s was a weed that was like a wild spinach, or something that was eaten like greens.

    I have an alley beside my home and park in a garage in the alley, so I see other people's property on the alley. Some people have plenty of space for gardening in the alley, but instead weeds grow there. I have often thought that planting the alley weed patches in potatoes, carrots and onions would be an interesting project. I'll bet there is lots of patches here and there to grow lots of food within a mile of any urban home.
  19. LongRider

    LongRider Well-Known Member

    sprouts, one or two days
  20. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

    Mushrooms.some pop up in 48 hours!