Vegetables You Can Grow in Two Months or Less
There are times when you need a crop to run its course in a short time frame in order to keep the garden productive while the weather is warm. Here is a list of crops to consider when you are planting against the clock.
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Snap beans are useful in warm summer weather. In addition to cropping rather quickly, beans are soil builders that benefit ensuing crops by fixing atmospheric nitrogen in their roots then releasing it when the plants die off. The fastest to produce are the bush types, ready to harvest in 50+ days. Try ‘Provider’ or ‘Contender’ varieties.
Cucumbers are another option for the middle of summer. The best varieties for quick production are the early pickling types like ‘Picklebush’ and ‘Northern Pickler’. These varieties also require less space than the normal season types.
Onions are grown from seeds, sets, or transplants and all varieties of onions are usable from the moment they emerge. Onion sets look like baby onion bulbs and are sold for cropping the bulb types of onions. Transplants look like very immature scallions, they are bulbing types as well. Both sets and transplants are readily available in early spring from the same places that sell seeds, and will produce green onions very quickly. In late summer or fall, onion seeds are the most widely available option. For seed starts try white lisbon or evergreen white for good sized scallions in 60 days.
Asian greens are also fast producers of cool season vegetables. These small sized brassicas can produce mature crops in about a month. A few to consider include bok choy, mizuna and tatsoi.
English Peas are a cool season legume, offering similar soil building benefits as beans do in warm weather. Work them into a rotation before or after leafy greens. Look for early varieties like ‘Alaska’ or ‘Daybreak’ to beat the 60 day deadline.