Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil
One of the reasons to grow your own edible garden is to be able to enjoy the veggies you like most without having to run to the store every time you want to get more. So, to help you out with that, here are some fast growing salad vegetables that you’ll want to grow in your backyard.
Some only need 2 weeks or so. And, the longest only takes 2 months.
This makes them perfect for any impatient salad grower.
12 Fast Growing Salad Vegetables
Lettuce are among the most popular greens for salads. They make up the base where the rest of the other veggies are placed.
And, the best part is, the leafy varieties grow quite quickly. These only take a month before maturing. Once they do, all you need to do is wait until they get to the size you want.
You can then harvest them.
That said, other lettuce varieties will require a little more patience. This means between 6 to 8 weeks before you can harvest.
You can likewise plant them no matter where you live. That’s because they do well in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 11.
Probably the most popular salad vegetable is spinach. And, it addition to salads you can make them a side dish on their own.
The only complaint I have about spinach is that you can start out with a big fresh bunch. But, once you cook them, they shrink down to a small serving.
But, that’s not an issue with salads thank goodness!
Spinach takes only 5 to 10 days to germinate. But, you want to give them neutral pH soil (pH 6 to 7). And, make sure it stays moist but is well-draining.
Also, avoid warm soil as they prefer moderate to cool conditions.
The right soil is crucial for fast growing spinach.
Kale is something people either love or hate. That’s because of the bitter flavor.
However, if you enjoy it, you’ll be able to benefit from the amazing nutrition it packs.
To avoid bitter kale, make sure it receives enough water. Allowing the plant to dry or experience drought will make them bitter.
Moist soil also allows them to grow about 1 to 1.5 inches a week. As such, they’ll reach harvest size in just a few weeks since they mature between 1 to 2 feet.
Do note that you’ll be able to grow them all year round in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 9.
Bok Choy is something not a lot of people use for salads. Although it is popular for vegetable dishes.
That said, if you do enjoy bok choy in your salad, you’ll be happy to know you can easily grow them in your garden to gain a quick harvest.
You can even succession plant if you wish to get a longer harvest period.
You can plant bok choy early in the spring so they’ll be harvestable later that spring or at most early summer.
Similarly, planting them in mid to late summer yields a fall harvest.
And, since they they’re hardy to USDA zones 2 through 11 you can actually keep them outside all year long in most places.
The leaves of mustard greens can be picked as early as 4 weeks after sowing. At this point, the leaves will be between 6 to 8 inches long.
If you prefer larger leaves in your salad, it’s a good idea to wait 2 more weeks. Once they get to about 6 weeks or so, the leaves will more than double to 15 to 18 inches.
Radishes are popular fast growing salad vegetables that are perfect if you’re trying to lose weight.
They’re easy to grow and harvest as well.
If you’re planting one of the smaller varieties, you’ll be able to harvest them in as little as 25 days. The larger varieties can take up to 60 days.
Either way, they don’t take long.
Radishes do need rich, well draining soil with pH between 6.0 and 7.0. They also enjoy full sun.
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Microgreens are perfect if you want to be able to harvest as quickly as possible. It takes but 2 weeks for them to be ready. Although, the kinds of vegetable do matter as some take longer than others.
For example radish is much faster than carrots or beets.
As such, it really depends on which ones you prefer to have on your salad.
But, all in all, they’re very fast growers.
Arugula is prefect for an extra kick of flavor to your salad. It gives you a very unique taste that’s very different from most other salad veggies.
And, if you happen to like it, you’ll be happy to know it takes only 6 to 8 weeks after sowing until you can harvest its leaves. They mature between 40 to 50 days and get to about 12 inches high.
Giving them full sun and humusy soil that drains well helps them achieve fast growth.
Turnips come in many varieties. As such, you can plant the ones you enjoy the most. Or you can grow a few different varieties.
Turnips make our fast growing vegetable list because they’re take between 5 weeks to 2 months to harvest. As such, you can enjoy more than one harvest season each year.
And, if you enjoy turnips, you can succession plant every 10 to 14 days. This will allow you to harvest more per season.
Sandy, well-draining soil with pH levels of 6.0 to 6.5 is ideal for quick growing turnips.
Cucumber takes about 6 weeks until they’re ready to harvest. This makes them perfect if you want to add some crunch and extra hydration to your salad.
Cucumbers are refreshing. Plus, they hold a lot of water. So, you’re getting extra water in with every but.
You can likewise pickle cucumbers which is among the most popular ways to enjoy them. To get crunchy pickles, make sure to prepare as soon as possible. Ideally within a few hours after you take them out of the ground.
Salad cress is something that’s not as popular as some of the other greens. But, it makes for a wonderful ingredient especially if you want to switch things up.
These are super quick growing. They only need between 15 to 20 days from sowing to harvest.
As such, you can plant them in succession until mid summer. And then, once again in the fall.
Swiss chard takes but 2 months to harvest from the time you sow the seeds. You can go earlier or later depending on how big your want them to be in your salad.
Once they reach 3 inches you can start picking. If you prefer bigger leaves you can wait as long as you need till they reach 10 inches.
Swiss chard enjoy full sun. Although they will tolerate partial shade as well. Give them rich, well-draining soil with pH between 6.0 to 6.4 to help them grow as quickly as possible.