Are you hoping to start a garden and get some quick results in two months or less? You can if you choose the right crops to plant!
So, what vegetables grow in 60 days or less? You can grow the following vegetables in 60 days or less:
- Green Beans
- Green Onions (or Scallions)
- Summer Squash
Of course, some varieties take longer to grow than others. For example, not all tomato plants will produce ripe fruit in 60 days.
I’ll give you some examples of varieties that will produce quickly, along with how to start them in the garden.
What Vegetables Grow in 60 Days or Less?
There is a wide variety of vegetable crops that you can grow in 60 days or less. If you choose wisely, some of them will be ready in a month!
I’ve included some tables below to compare these vegetables. More details follow after the tables.
Table 1 – Planting Time, Sow Method, Days to Maturity (DTM)
|direct||50 to |
|Cucumber||2 weeks |
|48 to |
|after last |
|direct||50 to |
|when you |
|direct or |
|50 to |
|Kohlrabi||3 weeks |
|direct||37 to |
|Peas||when you |
|direct||58 to |
|Radish||2 to 3 weeks |
|start seeds |
|transplant||48 to |
|Tomatoes||start seeds |
|transplant||57 to |
Table 2 – Planting Depth, Seed Spacing, and Row Spacing
Carrots are a nice root vegetable to have for storage. They go great in stir-fries, soups, or as a snack.
As long as you sift the soil and give them enough spacing, these carrots should grow straight and true in no time:
- Adelaide – this F1 hybrid carrot variety from Johnny’s Selected Seeds has the usual orange color. However, they mature in 50 days at less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) long. You can find Adelaide Carrots at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Yaya – this F1 hybrid carrot variety from Johnny’s Selected Seeds has the usual orange color. They take about week longer than Adelaide to mature (56 days), but they grow up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) long. You can find Yaya Carrots at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Cucumbers are great for salads, or for turning into pickles.
They don’t like cold weather, so keep them warm and these varieties will reward you with a harvest in no time:
- Citadel – this F1 hybrid cucumber variety from Johnny’s Selected Seeds has the usual green color. They mature in only 52 days, meaning the 4.5 inch long fruits will be ready for harvest in 7.5 weeks. You can find Citadel Cucumbers at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Corinto – this F1 hybrid cucumber variety from Johnny’s Selected Seeds has the usual green color. They mature in 48 days, meaning the 7 to 8 inch long fruits will be ready for harvest in under 7 weeks. You can find Corinto Cucumbers at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Green beans produce lots of pods if you keep picking them. They also do well in the summer heat, so plant lots of them and cut up the pods to blanch and freeze if you have extra!
Here are some fast-maturing green bean varieties to try:
- Amethyst – the name doesn’t lie: these green beans grow purple! The pods are 5 inches long and mature in 56 days, leaving you with beautiful purple pods in only 8 weeks. You can find Amethyst green beans as Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Provider – you can plant these organic green beans earlier than others, since they do a little better in cool soil. The 5 inch pods will be ready in a short 50 days, giving you a harvest in just over 7 weeks. You can find Provider Green Beans at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Green Onions (or Scallions)
You might not be able to grow the fully-sized onions that resemble globes in less than 60 days.
However, you can grow green onions (or scallions) pretty fast:
- Deep Purple – true to its name, these bunching onions have small purple bulbs at the bottom. They mature in 60 days flat, just barely qualifying for our list. You can find Deep Purple Onions at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Guardsman – these bunching onions from Johnny’s Selected seeds mature in short order: it only takes 50 days to harvest the thin white bulbs. The Guardsman Onion is the recommendation from Johnny’s Selected Seeds for planting over winter in the cold northern regions.
Kohlrabi is an interesting vegetable for sure. I have put them in soups and also eaten them cubed and boiled.
The following kohlrabi varieties will produce for you in no time:
- Azur Star – if you can’t tell, I like purple vegetables. If you feel the same way, Azur Star won’t let you down. The purple 2 to 3 inch bulbs will mature in only 48 days, giving you a nice harvest in just under 7 weeks. You can find Azur Star Kohlrabi at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Quickstar – if you are the impatient type, then this is the kohlrabi for you. Maturing in only 37 days, you will be able to harvest these green bulbs in just over 5 weeks. You can find Quickstar Kohlrabi at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Peas are a great addition to any garden. Some varieties have edible pods, which can be used in stir-fries or for snacking.
Others are better for shelling and putting in soup. Either way, these varieties will give you a harvest before you can blink:
- Oregon Giant – these peas were born and bred at Oregon State University. The 4.5 inch long pods mature in just 60 days, so they just barely slide their way into our list. You can find Oregon Giant Pea Pods at Johnny’ Selected Seeds.
- Royal Snap II – continuing with the theme of purple vegetables, we have the Royal Snap II pea pods. These snap peas come in 3 inch long purple pods after 58 days (although the peas inside are still green – someday!) You can find Royal Snap II Pea Pods at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Radishes grow fast, and besides, you should have an underground companion for your carrots and kohlrabi.
These radish varieties will be ready to harvest before you know it:
- French Breakfast – these radishes grow so fast, you won’t believe it. The roots are reddish with white at the bottom, and they are ready for harvest in 21 days, meaning you can pick them after only 3 weeks of growing. You can find French Breakfast Radishes at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Rover – these radishes are bright red and round rather than long. This hybrid variety matures in only 21 days, giving you a harvest in 3 weeks flat. You can find Rover Radishes at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Most people will include lettuce over spinach in their vegetable lists. I’m not like most people.
I like the deeper green of spinach, and I prefer it in salads. It is also great when sautéed in olive oil with chopped onions, garlic, and a little salt.
If you want a fast harvest, the following spinach varieties won’t let you down:
- Emperor – this hybrid spinach variety can be planted in spring or fall, making it a versatile choice. With only 26 days to maturity, you can’t grow wrong with Emperor Spinach from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Gazelle – this hybrid spinach variety grows fast, true to its name, in only 26 days. This spinach from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is better for a fall or winter harvest.
Summer squash is great to have for steaming. You can eat them with a little butter and salt or pepper, but I like them plain!
The following summer squash varieties will produce for you in short order:
- Multipik – this yellow summer squash produces straight neck fruits in only 50 days. You can find Multipik Summer Squash at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Raven – this green summer squash produces a high yield of straight neck fruits in a lightning fast 48 days. You can find Raven Summer Squash at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Tomatoes are an important part of any garden. You can eat them fresh, make pizza or pasta sauce, or can them for the cold winter months.
Many tomato varieties take quite some time to mature, but not these beauties:
- Sun Gold – these cherry tomatoes are sweet and have the color of a tangerine. They are indeterminate, meaning they continue to produce until frost. Maturing in only 57 days, these tomatoes won’t disappoint. You can find Sun Gold Tomatoes at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
- Sungreen 4029 – these cherry tomatoes are true to their name, remaining green when ripe. The fruits are sweet and tangy at the same time. This indeterminate variety will produce fruit in 58 days. You can find Sungreen 4029 Tomatoes at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Now you have a list of vegetables you can grow in 60 days or less. You also have some information on how to get them started in your garden.
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