A GARDEN expert shared tips and tricks for novice gardeners on the five fastest growing crops they can harvest in a month.
The Epic Gardening YouTube channel, hosted by Kevin, has over 1 million subscribers and offers advice for both novice and veteran gardeners.
One of the most watched videos with over 3 million views is titled 5 Fast Growing Vegetables You Can Harvest in Less Than a Month.
“When it’s your first time gardening, I think it’s a big moment to get a win,” Kevin said. “You never forget that first harvest.”
Kevin then goes over the five different crops that gardeners can grow in under a month. The video ranges from plants that can grow in 10 days to those that take almost a month to harvest.
The first crop Kevin introduces is microgreens, which he claims are his favorite crops.
“It’s the same seeds that you would use to grow a plant to its full form, but you just play with them a lot more and plant them very densely along a tray,” he said.
Kevin likens growing to Chia Pets, “in fact, you can actually grow chia microgreens if you want to.”
He explains that the plants grow very quickly, are very nutritious and gardeners can grow them in cycles.
“You can sow them one at a time, tray after tray can come from the garden and it’s very easy to incorporate them into recipes.
PEAS & SUNFLOWERS
While technically still microgreens, Kevin groups them differently due to the different growing times.
Peas are very easy to germinate and very nutritious, and the seeds can be soaked if the gardener so desires.
Sunflowers have a very unique nutty flavor that Kevin calls “refreshing,” according to Kevin. He recommends soaking them and watching for mold as this is a larger seed and more things can go wrong.
When growing peas and sunflowers, Kevin says harvest takes about 12 to 15 days.
Baby lettuce or baby greens are microgreens that are allowed to grow even longer.
He recommends spacing them out depending on how large you want the eventual harvest to be. If you want bigger greens, spacing the leaves apart allows them to grow more.
However, if you want the crop to be small, planting them closer together will give you a denser crop.
BABY ROOT PLANTS
Crops like turnips fall into this category, and Kevin says his favorite food is turnip greens. Radishes and kohlrabi also fit into this category.
“You can harvest them before they form bulbs because of their greenery, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Kevin said.
“They germinate fast and they grow fast.”
According to Kevin, radishes can be harvested after 30 days, while beets and turnips can take a little longer to harvest.
Crops like kale and bok choy are what Kevin calls “extra greens.” Kale takes longer than 30 days to harvest, but its baby variety can be grown and harvested for use in garden salads within a month.
Bok Choi Baby variants are good for stir-fries, according to Kevin.
“Besides the world of loose lettuce or these simpler greens, there are many different ‘extra greens’.”
Kevin ends the video by harvesting his crops and turning them into an easy to make garden salad.
“These five groups of plants are extremely easy and quick to grow, allowing you to get your first successful harvest and build your confidence in gardening,” he concludes.
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