9 Fast-Growing Vegetables to Plant in Early Spring

Cress (Lepidium sativum)

Cress is prized for its peppery flavor, quick growth (15 to 20 days), and suitability for year-round cultivation as microgreens. It's best grown in shallow trays lined with wet paper towels, where seeds are sprinkled over the surface and covered with plastic wrap. 

Radishes (Raphanus sativus)

 Radishes are renowned for their rapid growth, maturing in just 21 days from seed to harvest. They're ideal for children's gardens due to their quick turnaround.

Arugula (Eruca vesicaria ssp. sativa)

Arugula seeds germinate within 7 to 14 days, with leaves ready for harvest in 21 to 28 days. Its slightly spicy taste makes it a popular addition to salads or as a pesto alternative. 

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)

Spinach thrives in cool weather, reaching maturity in 28 to 42 days. It can be harvested multiple times using the "cut and come again" method, allowing younger leaves to continue growing. 

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Lettuce matures in approximately 30 days and is favored for its ease of cultivation and versatility in salads or hydroponic setups. It thrives in cool seasons

Turnips (Brassica rapa subsp. rapa)

Turnips are harvested around 45 days after planting and offer both edible leaves and roots. They're relatively tolerant of temperature variations

Mustard Greens (Brassica juncea)

Mustard greens mature in 45 to 50 days and are sensitive to heat, thriving in early spring or late summer with partial shade. Regular watering prevents bitterness, and they can tolerate light frosts.

Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)

Zucchini matures in 45 to 55 days, producing prolific yields in home gardens. Ensure sufficient space for spreading vines, and choose compact varieties for smaller gardens.

Bok Choy (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis)

Bok choy matures in 45 to 60 days, offering two varieties: baby and standard. Plant in partial shade, ensuring consistent watering to prevent bolting. Suitable for hydroponic cultivation