5 Vegetables You Can Grow in 60 Days or Less

If you wanna grow your own veggies but tend to be, err, super impatient, there's good news: you don't have to wait all summer to score homegrown greens. These fast-growing vegetables can be harvested in less than two months, so you'll have fresh grub in no time.

1. Green Onions (Scallions)

Harvest In: 20-30 days
Green onions spring up at an almost magical rate — the first crop can be ready in under three weeks, once the stalks are 6" tall. Up to 50 onions can grow in a space of just one square foot — making 'em a great veggie to grow indoors — and because they thrive in cool weather, they're ideal for planting in spring.

2. Radishes

Harvest In: 20-30 days
Radishes are also fast-growing, so planting them in spring or late summer gives almost instant gratification. Add 'em to salads for extra zing, roast with root vegetables, or make 'em a topping to spaghetti squash tacos.

3. Spinach

Harvest In: 45-50 days
A cool-weather veggie, spinach does best when planted in early spring or late summer. The leafy green is a delicious salad staple, but also crazy versatile — you can cook it into a cheesy turkey lasagna , sauté it in a ricotta gnudi or bake it into a breakfast tart. Spinach also grows well in a raised-bed garden and can be saved for up to a year (!) if stored properly .

4. Lettuce

Harvest In: 45-55 days
Most varieties sprout quickly, though there are a few outliers — romaine, for example, can take about 75-85 days. Simple salads are much more satisfying with greens you grow yourself, so use 'em to create a main course meal you can be proud of.

5. Summer Squash

Harvest In: 50-60 days
Squash is known for its sweet, subtle flavor, its versatility and the fact that there are a ton of different fast-growing varieties to choose from. Once it's grown, keep it simple and cook a comforting ratatouille , or think outside the box and give 'em a quick pickle .

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Learn how to create stylish landscapes for your veggies in our beginner-friendly class, DIY Weekend Gardens.

Use a plain terra cotta pot to make your own container garden! Sara paints the pot with a moss and buttermilk mixture. Then she fills it with a bouquet of annuals using her planting rule of thumb: height, color, and spill. Have some broken pots around? Turn it into a charming fairy garden in just a few simple steps.

May 13, 2020
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