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What are the 5 fastest growing edible foods you can grow at home?

Updated: Apr 20


While growing fruits, vegetables, and other edible food in your garden, you expectantly look forward to harvest time. You almost wish you can fast-forward the growth process.


There are many fast edible foods you can easily grow at home, even in containers.


I love the taste of homegrown food and I hate waiting months for a yield. Therefore, it's nice to grow a varied range of some that are fast, for a quick harvest, and have some that will take a while to grow.


Here is a list of 5 of the fastest-growing edible food that you can easily grow at home.




1. Radishes


Radishes are vegetables that germinate and grow fast. This vegetable has many varieties, all of which have different colours, sizes, flavours and growing periods.


The smaller variety of radishes takes as little as just a month to be ready for harvest. You can easily grow these at home by sowing the seeds in the soil while keeping an inch worth of gap between them.


They usually grow and are ready to harvest within 3-4 weeks.


2. Spinach


Spinach is used in numerous different dishes ranging from risottos to salads. So, you might want to try your hands at growing some of this delicious vegetable and enjoy its flavours within 4-6 weeks of sowing.


Sow the seeds of spinach while keeping a gap of about an inch between them. You should thin the seedlings when they start to grow so that they are around 8 inches apart.


Keep in mind that spinach does happen to become bitter in extremely hot weather. So, to keep that from happening, plant them in a location with a light shade.





3. Lettuce


Lettuce, like radishes, has a lot of varieties that have different flavours of their own. All you have to do is plant the seeds 1 inch apart in a location where they get an adequate amount of sunlight and make sure you moisten the soil by spraying the required amount of water.


Try not to oversaturate the soil with water as it will hinder the roots from growing properly.


It usually takes around a month or two, depending on conditions, for lettuce to be ready for harvesting.


4. Baby Carrots


The favourite food of our dearest Bugs Bunny takes only 6 weeks to grow if you choose the right variety.


Just sow the seeds of baby carrots 6 inches apart in the soil and cover the seeds back with the soil.


Grow the carrots as normal and enjoy the tasty vegetable in various recipes after 6 weeks.




5. Cucumbers


Cucumbers happen to be one of the most versatile vegetables that are used in various dishes. They are most commonly used in salads.


To grow cucumbers, sow 3-4 seeds 2 cm into moist soil. Ensure you give the plants enough space to grow or use a trellis since they tend to spread and take up a lot of space.


Cucumbers take 4-7 weeks to grow.



 


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