Quick-maturing Plants: 5 Fast Growing Vegetables to Try

Quick-maturing Plants: 5 Fast Growing Vegetables to Try

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[Music] Ah, hello! As summer progresses, gaps inevitably
start to appear as plants are harvested. But leaving the
ground bare not only attract weeds and leaves the
soil prone to erosion, it’s also a wasted opportunity to grow
another crop. Luckily at this time of year, warmth and light are still on our side and there are plenty of vegetables that go from sowing to harvest in very little time at all. In this video, we’ll look at 5 of these super-speedy
vegetables that will give you a harvest in just a few short weeks. Radishes are one of the fastest vegetables, taking
just 3-4 weeks to reach harvest time. They’re also exceptionally easy to grow. Seeds can be sown into prepared ground or pots of potting soil. Sow the plump seeds very thinly, spacing
them about an inch, or 2cm, apart. Sowing small batches every
3-4 weeks until the very end of summer will give you a continuous crop of the
peppery roots. The seedlings will pop up within 3-5 days. If necessary, thin the seedlings so the
roots have enough room to expand. Keep the ground free of
weeds, and water in dry weather Harvest the roots before they get too
large when they can turn woody in texture and overpoweringly hot. Ever-versatile salads
present a symphony of leaf shapes, textures and tastes, ideal for livening up mealtimes Grow individual varieties or create your own
salad blend by mixing two or more varieties together before sowing. Suitable salads include lettuce, mustards and other Oriental leaves, kale, and rocket (or arugula). For the quickest results, sow a mix of salads sold for repeat (or cut-and-come-again) harvesting. Sow the seeds very thinly into drills
spaced about 6-10 inches (15-25cm) apart. Cover the seats back over then gently
pat the surface of the soil down. Water along the rows, then keep the
soil moist and weed-free as the seedlings grow. If summers are very hot in your area, you
may need to wait a few weeks or use shade cloth to reduce temperatures for
germination and good growth. Harvesting usually starts just 3
weeks after sowing. Take 2 or 3 outer leaves from each plant at any one time. This allows the remaining
leaves to grow on and provide another cut in a few days’
time. Cut little and often for best results. The quickest pods in town, dwarf beans (or bush beans) can be sown immediately after a previous crop to give a speedy picking before the end
of the current growing season. Taking just 2 months from sowing to
pod production these trouble-free beans are a must – and
kids love them! In summer the beans can be sown directly
into the ground or into pots of potting soil. Poke the seeds into the soil,
spacing them 10-16 inches (25-40cm) apart. Sow a batch once a month until the end
of summer. The young seedlings look like this, and grow on to produce short, bushy plants which soon come into flower. Pick the pods every few days as they appear, so that you enjoy them
while they’re still small and tender. Regular picking encourages plants to
continue forming pods. Savour the beans raw in salads, or lightly steamed with a curl of butter and a grind of the peppermill. Carrots are not the most obvious speedy vegetable, but choose a quick-growing, finger-sized variety and you can expect sweet crunchy roots
in just 6 weeks. Sow into pots of potting soil, spreading the seed thinly over the surface, then cover with a thin layer of sieved potting soil. Or sow the seed into drills spaced about 6 inches (15cm) apart. Cover back over, and water. In some parts of the world
the larvae of the carrot fly can prove a nuisance, burrowing into the roots and spoiling the crop. A row cover will stop the flies from
laying their eggs. Once the seedings have appeared, thin them on a
rainy day when there will be fewer carrot flies about,
or failing that, on a still, cloudy day, watering afterwards
to settle the soil back around the roots. Thin to around an inch (2cm) apart. Pull up the tender carrots while they’re
still young. If necessary, use a border fork to first
loosen the soil. The smooth, succulent leaves of spinach are extraordinarily versatile. Use them in salads, as a key ingredient to quiches and flans, or stirred into risottos or pasta dishes. Start it off once a month to enjoy right
up until the first frosts. Sow into rows about a foot (30cm) apart. Space the seeds an inch (2cm) apart within the rows then thin the seedlings to leave 8 inches
(20cm) between them. Plants can quickly bolt in hot weather,
which causes the leaves to turn bitter. Prevent this by sowing in
light shade during the heat of summer, and by always keeping the ground moist. Cut the leaves away using a sharp knife or scissors. Don’t let the leaves get too big, and remember
to harvest little and often. Later sowings can be covered with a
row cover or tunnel to help growth along as the weather
turns cooler. Sow your super-speedy crops into well prepared soil. This simply means insuring your soil has
enough nutrients to support healthy growth and has the right texture to encourage
even germination. In most cases all that’s needed to
prepare the ground is to sprinkle on a top-up of organic
fertilizer before raking the soil to a fine tilth. All of these super-speedy vegetables can be grown in pots of good quality multi-purpose potting soil. While our quintet of super-speedy vegetables
will have little time to attract pests, do take a few precautions. Carrot fly has
already had a special mention. Use the same row covers protecting your carrots to guard against flea beetles on radishes and some salad leaves. Slugs can decimate seedlings, so set up
beer traps or shady retreats such as an upturned grapefruit shell, then collect up and discard any you find. Don’t forget to report any pests you find on our Big Bug Hunt website. We’ll use your reports to help us develop
warning systems against common pests. Even up until surprisingly late in the
summer it’s perfectly possible to grow some of these
super-speedy vegetables. Try some of these quick croppers for yourself, and get ready for a bonus harvest in just a few short weeks. We’d love to hear what super-speedy
vegetables you recommend for your area. Please drop us a comment below and tell
us. And if you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to subscribe for more helpful gardening advice. [Music]

100 thoughts on “Quick-maturing Plants: 5 Fast Growing Vegetables to Try

  • Sj Smith Post author

    I'm in the low desert in USA. We may get a mild frost in the Winter, but typically I get my best harvests from Fall planted crops.

    I've been planting carrots, beets, leaf lettuce, parsley, cilantro, mizuna, chamomile, bunching onions (and soon I'll order short-day onions for planting), celery, kale, corn salad, chard (also a catch crop for bugs here).

    Soon, I should put in the oriental pea pods, turnips, and parsley (I find they're good companions… putting parsley on the north or east side to shelter it if we get a hot spell). The turnips will harvest in January, when we are tired of so many sweet things during holidays. I had great success last year with Tropic Giant cabbage, which I think was from Park Seed. It was neglected due to drought, so I didn't harvest it. However, the chickens munched on it even through the Summer. With proper care, I do believe it will be a star in my Winter garden this year. I also add in edible flowers of calendula and violas this time of year.

    I am just now harvesting cucumbers from a late planting of seeds on July 15th. The winner variety in my experiment was Mici Hybrid from Ferry Morse – Asia Collection.

    Happy Gardening to all…. and may you be blessed with an abundance harvest too!

  • Life Love and Low Carb Post author

    I'm in California and Kale is by for the fastest growing veggie.

  • Michael Toso Post author

    salad leaves(continuous harvest):lettuce, mustard, kale, rocket, arugula, cilantro
    dwarf or bush beans

  • Krishawn cockrell Post author

    Sherrie I live in the south so I feel your pain.. try adding fallen leaves to your bed with sand with your soil and mix well add the leaves every year and before you know it you'll have some great well fertilized soil for your vegetables that's what I did and now I'm a garden Diva lol

  • Oscar Gasalatan Post author

    thank you for sharing yourlovely ideas.

  • Jason Shoraka Post author

    The shiitake mushroom grows in just 7 days. You spray the shiitake mushroom with a water bottle

  • Jagannadharao Korada Post author

    A good video. I am keen to know which vegetable I should try and proceed with the gardening work and suitable dates for the Boyds – MD locality

  • ClivernTas Post author

    I am in Hobart Tasmania (42 degrees South) where it is now February and Summer is fast disappearing. Have just lifted a crop of beetroot and need to replace it….beetroot as a replacement is no good as it takes too long……Found your video very useful….keep up the good work

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  • Gardener Earth Guy Post author

    I garden in NW Florida, curious do turnips and parsnips do well in the UK?
    I was able to grow all winter and have been seeding in summer crops as I harvest the winter holdovers.
    I plant lots of sunflowers to bring wasps that tend to eat grasshoppers, and other pests. The wasps, toads, and lizards and BT & Neem are my pest control.
    I like your channel and envy the orderly English garden style! Mine is much different, I have videos up if you'd like to see.

    Grow food, not lawns!

  • JETJOOBOY Post author

    Hey Grow Veg guy!
    Cool, compact videos! Love 'em!
    Nice digestable top tips!

    I have to ask though are you Ray Mears brother by any chance?

  • JETJOOBOY Post author

    French Dwarf beans were awesome when we tried them, lovely food and really surprisingly prolific and strangely hardy..
    The plants never looked super healthy at all but just kept on giving, even when autumn was well upon us and I thought they were dead (they had next ro know leaves) I kept finding clusters of yummy beans!

  • CASUAL PREPPERS UK Post author

    Ah hello, I didn't see you there, I had no idea the camera was on. You caught me quite by surprise lol.

  • Tigerdeer Post author

    Hi. Thanks for the vid.
    All these veg are very prone to being chewed on by slugs. What do you do?

  • UR3ANFISH Post author

    Hi, could you still grow these vegetables on a balcony?

  • aparna Mantravadi Post author

    thanknuuuuso muchh

  • Mohammed Amine Post author

    Hello, i just discovered you channel and i love it, i have a question and i hope you can answer me, i live in Sahara in algeria the weather there is dry and hot and i was wondering if you can recommand any fruits or vegetables that i can grow here, thank you 🙂

  • Erickson Ick Post author

    Bem legal

  • Paul Carter Post author

    awesome videos. thank you for showing love towards our mother nature

  • gudebro2000 Post author

    Totally weird question: if I wanted to free seed some of these to make them available for pigs in pasture, would I still have to make sure they have space (for instance, planting seeds 2cm apart then plucking any that grow in between) or would they still be productive enough for pig rooting if I just scattered seeds a month or two before I put the pigs on the land

  • Anita Walters Post author

    Can I use neem oil on the carrots to prevent carrot flies?

  • El Jugador Post author

    So all these can be harvesteded when such date passes?

  • bicanoo_magic Post author

    Great vid. I solved my carrot fly issue by planting the carrots into an old plastic kitchen pedal bin which is very tall as the carrot fly can't fly higher than 50cm! No need for nets!

  • Jeeya Post author

    Very helpful video Thanks

  • GOH BOMBA Post author

    Thank for the video

  • nyan cat 123 Post author

    I grew radishes and the took a long time to grow .

  • coco1101 Post author

    I want to thank you for sharing your skill and knowledge with us. I feel enthused to try so salad greens and rocket/arugula. I did grow some tomatoes in the past along with some haricot vert years ago. We live in the South of the US and it is very hot here which makes growing a chore as most days in summer you need to water twice daily if you want any harvest. Thanks again.

  • Ash 03 Post author

    you forgot chayote

  • olly smith Post author

    So this is what I shall grow drying a zombie apocalypse thanks

  • Lee Sarah Post author

    This video is great and helpful.

  • Dee Smith Post author

    I could hear you when you were talking face to face with the camera but other than that I could not hear you well

  • RX LEE Post author

    Great! All these vegetables can be grown in tropical Singapore!!! 🙂

  • timothy harris Post author

    brilliant video a must watch thanks

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  • linny hilaken Post author

    I'd love to see a tour of your whole garden

  • Maryanna Wells Post author

    very inspiring video

  • Hussein Jimale Post author

    very useful video thanks

  • Barbarajean Watts Post author

    I live in an apartment on the 7th floor. I try to garden a bit. in containers.

  • sebastian brosche Post author

    Polyculture looks so much more sensible than monoculture. Great tips though!

  • Manny Lopez Post author

    Very informative ty

  • Danny Dang Post author

    This video is informative, i would like to grow and open a business supplying cheap fresh veggies someday so that kids in United States can get enough amount of Veggies instead of fast food stuffs 😀

  • Asian Goddess Post author

    I love your videos. Thank you

  • gem trash Post author

    my first (successful ) plant I grew where carrots they where tiny but yummy

  • theuglykwan Post author

    Do those row covers allow the rain or water from the hose/watering can to go through or do you have to lift it quickly to water and recover? Just wondered if they can keep slugs out or do you have to cover every inch of the edge of the fabric?

    I'd recommend Komatsuna and Mizuna greens.

  • Grow With Kit Post author

    some really good info thanks

  • Clarissa Post author

    is it ok to partner a rice??

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  • marilyn gandhi Post author

    I am in Ipswich Australia… a beginner gardener, haven't set up yet but have a good size backyard, thank you for your video…

  • Mushtaq Ahmad Post author

    very good thanks so much

  • Wandering Rockhounds Post author

    One could always grow multiple crops with staggered harvests in the same plot to be sure there will be no bare soil

  • Hong Leah Post author

    we're growing spinach and using some old carrot tops

  • Courtney Thomas Post author

    Thanks. I loved this video!

  • Kevin U.K. Post author

    Mange Toute or Sugar Snap peas anyone?

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  • arsu balami Post author

    can you grow carrot and beans in mid june…. how deep pot should be for the beans…

  • Maxwell Dacre Post author

    very helpful video 😀 you just earned yourself a like on the video 🙂

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  • Nathaniel Burbery Post author

    Great vegies for growing from seed.

    Another great, fast and free option is to replant the ends of spring onions, celery and living fancy lettuce vegies from the grocery.


  • Mike Hanner Post author

    i just started my garden this year and so far no bugs doing any damage to it. but they are protecting it and making sure the ground is getting moved to let in air and water and to make room for roots

  • Trish Moon Post author

    Great reminder! Thank you! Each year I forget to sow my carrots in containers…I'm out of seeds and containers for now…so I'll try next year!

  • Harry Porter Post author

    Thank you, I'm on it

  • Surfview Post author

    I would add for #6 MORINGA. In less than 6 weeks, I've been harvesting leaves off of these fast growing Moringa. I have 43 growing in my Phoenix, Arizona yard. So, I can harvest every day. Pruning them 9" off the ground after they are 3' tall makes them fork and you get double the growth and double the yield. Moringa will grow 15' in one season. And if you use the PKM-1 hybrid Moringa, then you can have the 3' pods grow and dry before the frost. They are perennials, so they will likely grow back the next year if there is a frost. Zones 8a+ should allow them to grow back without effort. They are drought tolerant after two years. So, they are perfect for any yard in the sunbelt for USA. The seeds can be used to purify water. The leaves are super nutritious and are used by famished populations in impoverished and malnutrition affected nations.

  • TheTrueabundance Post author

    I just wish you could make a video for hotter climates. I'm in zone 10 in South Spain and we can only plant salads, beans, and spinach in the late autumn and over winter, otherwise they just bolt 🙁 I've planted cucumbers for an autumn harvest, and have malabar spinach growing, but have you any other ideas for me to fill the gaps now?

  • Sugi bliss Post author

    Hello I love the video and very useful. I like to ask you couple questions that I live in Arizona where I get nice sunny days and some monsoon rain and can you recommend me some veggies to grow faster. And 2nd i see a cardboard under the soil in the video and pls advise what purpose of the cardboards and can I use it under the soil before I planting.

  • Fright Foo Post author

    Oh, ello

  • Jomarley Duncan Post author

    I started some okra for the month of July, they grew up really fast 7 to 10 days top. 👍👌

  • Anne Fricker Post author

    Thank you thank you thank you! At last a video without the waffle. I hate videos that are all music and no speech and I hate videos where you get a life story before if ever they get to the point. Yours are fast and punchy. Could do without the music otherwise they are full of content and deal with the subject quickly. Thank you.

  • Vayona Narekuli Post author

    I only came here to prepare for the zombie apocalypse

  • CoolHandMike_prev_TheRipper999 Post author

    pause on 0:05…

  • The Novice Gardener Post author

    Love love love your videos!! I’m new to gardening and growing vegetables so these vids are very useful. Check out my YouTube channel where I’m building a 200sqm plot. 🙂

  • Samantha Plumadore Post author

    I love watching & re-watching your videos ea yr refreshing as I'm planning & preparing to start seed & plant out the garden. Such great info, ideas & tips that most overlook. Your soil looks so wonderful. I've been adding to & bettering my soil overtop of our red clay here in Va for about 6yrs this location. We have aphids even now in Feb! All yr where I had a layer of plastic protecting some spinach, swiss chard, cabbage, etc thru winter. I just removed the plastic to allow the snow, cold to hopefully kill them asap prior to warmth & planting out. Japanese beetles & spider mites have been the most devastating in 2016, every yr spider mites, squash vine borers 2017 for my 1st exper with their damage/ destruction along with the s mites! I'm curious if u have any ideas on how I can try to rid these nasty little almost invisible spider mites? I've tried DE, & the organic store bought & homemade sprays as well as a very detrimental bug spray that made no difference in the amt of spider mites or their cont'd damage. I'm curious if there's a way to attempt disrupting these bugs below soil prior to spring when they all erupt & begin demolition again

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  • Stonemansteve II Post author

    You don't need covers are traps, all you need is diatomaceous earth. You sprinkle some over plants and on the soil as well, and even though it feels like talcom powder to us, the microscopic fossils cut in the bug's exoskeleton and they dry out and die. They don't die right away, so you don't see a bunch of dead bugs or slugs, but your plants will have much less holes in their leaves afterwards. You just have to sprinkle some more on after it rains.

  • Boz 2011 Post author

    Nice, thanks

  • Topher Grace Post author

    Is that the music from America’s test kitchen? Will there be a blinder review at the end?

  • the order of masters Post author

    Ok norton

  • Rachael Brookes Post author

    Love your videos 🙂

    Have subscribed too

  • Stacey Here we grow again Post author

    Thanks for sharing i love gardening so much!!

  • AMARJIT MALHI Post author

    Very good video. I have only recently got into the good life and now growing tomatoes, green chilli, cabbage, coriander and looking to grow the vegetables you mentioned. I'd like to be dependent on the organic food I grow to reduce the money I waste on tasteless commercially grown produce.

  • Frank Hochman Post author

    Everyone, please note your location, otherwise your comments may not be helpful. thanks

  • Montu Rebello Post author

    Very nice video.

  • Knowledge World Post author

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  • Bastini HD Post author

    Am bang into me seed growing like

  • Pegs Barton Post author

    Brilliant info thank you, and you give recipes! Wicked! My worry is – I have three raised beds [new this year, I've never grown veg to speak of] 2 x 4' x 2.5' and 1 x 2' square. if I have to leave 12" between my rocket[ as per pack instructions] and 6" or 8" between other things I will not have enough space to fit it all in. I plan to grow Purple sprouting broccoli, rocket, mixed salad leaves, early carrots, beetroot, parsnips and spring-onions using the follow up planting way for succession on whatever I can. I pictured them all growing in amongst each other though in rows originally but according to packs I will have vast amounts of empty space. Can you advise please? I know this is an old video but I'm hoping it tells you when someone writes on it. I know you have a programme/app that plans things and shows you stuff but I am an old woman who can't honestly work my DVD player so it is beyond my skills. Do I have to obey the planting rules?

  • CHECK MATE Post author

    I'm a beginner!!! YAHOOoo!!! I have spinash seeds but I'm not 2 crazy so until your video about spinash in salads!!! YUM!YUM! Now, I'll plant those seeds!!! Thank U 4 this GREAT VID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!🎈🎈🎈

  • TAXILA tourism heritage and kitchen gardening Post author

    fastest grownup vegetables .

  • ازرع صح Post author

    very nice channel i like your videos and want share time lapse for growing Spinach in 31 day


  • Kunal Singh Post author

    what is the best vegetables in sandy soil?

  • Jennifer Sissons Post author

    micro greens-mustard and cress wheat grass crop in 7-10 days!

  • Uma Bala Post author

    Thank you very helpful.

  • Healthy Village Samayal Post author

    I'm ur new subscriber, very nice   videos, 👍👍👌💐 support my chanl also

  • lane laney Post author

    Another excellent video. And thank you for promoting the "Big Bug Hunt". The information collected helps all gardeners and farmers. +++

  • Kaitlyn Bradshaw Post author

    I am an newbie to gardening, and I was wondering of you need to do anything to protect the seedlings/plants/sprouts when it thunderstorms?

  • mumma of 2 Post author

    What kind of covers?

  • Theresa Landry Post author

    Great video, very informative! Thanks so much!!!

  • Tess Post author

    Ah… The charming british clip! It's officially 100oF in Texas! Cannot grow anything w/o using buckets of water! We grow okra and sweat in summer!

  • Janaina Rogério Post author

    I'm new to the gardening world and your videos are tremendously helpful.
    Thank you deeply, my friend.

  • BIKASH SARKAR Post author

    How to mature a marijuana plant quickly ,,,??plz

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