If this is your first time gardening, I believe that achieving a win is a great accomplishment. It’s impossible to forget the first harvest. That’s why, in this article, we’ll go through five distinct crops that you can cultivate in less than a month.
I mean, I tried to jump from zero to one hundred in a flash, and I started with hydroponic cucumbers right away. Which was disgusting. I didn’t provide them with the proper nourishment. So, how can we avoid these issues?
Harvesting is simple. So we’ll go from the fastest to the slowest over the course of a month. So we’re going to talk about some things you can develop in ten days, as well as some things that are right on the cusp of a month.
Finally, I’m going to whip up a simple garden salad using some of the suggestions from this article and ingredients from my garden, just to show you how I actually use this stuff. So, if you want 20 years of wonderful harvests, cultivate that Like button.
And it’s something we’re going to need these days. Let’s get started with the video. Microgreens are the fastest growing crop. Now, the only reason I’m showing you these seeds is because I don’t have a tray of microgreens at the moment.
So, I have a 45-minute guide on microgreens, but let’s just talk about them now.
Microgreens are, hands down, the fastest crop you’ll ever grow. What exactly are they? In a word, it’s just a matter of getting plants to this point and then harvesting them. So it’s the same seeds you’d use to grow a plant to its maximum potential, but you plant a lot more of them and extremely densely along a tray like this.
So you’d use a 10×20 tray, heavily seed it, and then water it in, and they’d grow in this gigantic mat. It’s similar to those chia pets, and you can even produce chia microgreens if you like. Now, the reason I like them is that they are quick.
Number two, it’s quite nutritious. Number three, you can grow them in a cycle.
They may be sown in succession, and tray after tray can be harvested from the garden, and they’re quite easy to include into dishes. You simply cut them off, chop them up, and toss them into a salad, soup, or whatever you choose to do with them. So, while I already have a lot of extensive and in-depth microgreens guides on my article, I do want to show you some things. This is the stage at which a microgreen is ready to be harvested.
However, those are the leaves that are already structurally embedded in the seed. When it sprouts, those are the first to appear, and they do not resemble the ordinary seed of that plant.
If you’re growing arugula, you’ll notice that the seed leaves don’t resemble arugula leaves. Around the time that you’d like to harvest a microgreen, the first set of genuine leaves appears. So you can see we have some true leaves right here, and the reason I know that is because we have some seed leaves right down below, notably on this one right here, which is very simple to see.
Then there are the little infant males, and then there are these. If you have a complete tray of these, you’ll have a very excellent meal in eight to twelve days. Some crops take longer than others. For example, basil can take up to 21 days to mature, but at three weeks, that’s still a complete tray of micro basil. So, we have a terrific first crop in our guide to quick crops.
Peas and sunflowers are the second group of crops. Technically, they’re still microgreens. They’re often sold as microgreens, but they appear rather different, so I sort of group them together in a different way. So they are pea shoots, pea shoots that will most likely be planted in my garden to grow into actual peas, but I could surely eat them right now.
They have a wonderful fresh vegetal pea flavor, are abundant in nutrition, and sprout quickly.
You soak peas, including the seeds if you want to, for a short while. You are not required to do so. Then, once these appear, you can practically eat them right there, and they’re delicious. Pea flavor is incredibly fresh, and it’s very simple to make. We have some sunflowers over here on this side, right here.
Sunflowers are probably my favorite microgreen to produce since they have such a distinct nutty flavor. You’d think they wouldn’t, yet they do. They have a flavor that is similar to a greener version of a sunflower seed, and it is incredibly fresh and pleasant.
I also enjoy working with sunflowers. And the thing about sunflowers when growing microgreens is that you need soak them and keep an eye out for mildew and other problems because it’s just a bigger seed.
Even if more things go wrong, you’ll still get these in 12 to 15 days. Let’s move on to the third set of crops. It’ll be baby lettuce, baby lettuce, and baby greens all over the place. What’s fantastic about this particular example is that, as you can see, I’ve got some grown, adult looseleaf lettuce here. We have looseleaf lettuce growing behind us that is, gosh, two, three weeks old.
Then there’s this thing here, which was only put in four or five days ago.
As you can see in the video, we talked about microgreens before. This is, after all, lettuce’s natural development cycle. It’s maturing. Microgreens are harvested when they are still quite young.
However, if you leave that same exact plant to grow for a little longer, you can pick a mini head of lettuce right here. You can also leave it alone and harvest about here, however this will take more than a month. Now, what I’ll say about this is that if you’re planning to harvest at a younger age, your spacing should be a little different. So right now, I’m spacing them roughly four per square foot because they’re going to be around this size.
As a result, I’ve spaced them around four to five inches apart.
However, if I know I’ll be picking lettuce at these sizes back here, I can plant them much closer together. As a result, I’m thinking of planting them at a density of nine per square foot. And then I know that once they start filling up that space clip. The greens of root crops make up our fourth group. Yes, the greens of all root crops can eaten.
In fact, some of these greens are among my favorites. Beets are what we’re looking at right now in the front. Beet greens can eaten, and I actually enjoy them on occasion. These beet greens are delicious sautéed in olive oil with onions and garlic. It has a pretty wonderful flavor, and the beets aren’t always as appealing to me.
So beet greens, radish greens, and turnip greens can all grow and harvested for their greens before they start to bulb out. That isn’t a problem at all. They germinate quickly and grow quickly. Now I’ll tell you where to acquire baby radishes. Beets can take a little longer at times.
Turnips. You can get baby turnips to a certain extent, but baby radishes can absolutely harvested at 30 days. Radishes can provide a very great harvest. In fact, let me just show you a sample of what you may expect if you wait just a little longer. Look at this.
This is an excellent example of a baby, small root crop that can be harvested in a short period of time. Our fifth group of crops will be what I’ll refer to as “upgraded greens,” which will include some more fancy and cool varieties.
So we’ve got a ton of kale back here. Although this kale is older than 30 days, baby kale is frequently more delicate. It can be a little sweeter and less fibrous, but it’s still really excellent.
So baby kale is sometimes a lot easier to use in a salad, especially if you don’t like crunching through it. Personally, I’m going to make kale chips with this, but you can see a different cultivar of kale here. This is dazzling blue kale, which is fairly lovely, and the main vein running down each leaf has this incredible, incredible color. However, the leaves are far more sensitive and fresh. As a result, kale is an excellent raise green that can grow in just 30 days.
Bok choy or pak choy was another elevate green that can grow in less than 30 days, though not to this size.
A dwarf or baby bok choy variety is recommended. They’re adorable, and you can just pluck them out and toss them into a stir fry. They’re fantastic. Another one is just here.
This is Beni Houshi mizuna, which is essentially a mustard that provides a salad or stir fry a pleasant, peppery, spicy flavor. So, aside from the world of looseleaf lettuce and these more basic greens, there are a lot of different extra greens. Now that we have our list of quick-growing crops, I’ve got my beet that I pulled out for you before, and we’re going to grab a couple more options here and make a quick garden salad. So I’m going to grab some looseleaf lettuce right now since it looks delicious.
That’s incredible. This is probably a little longer than a month, maybe 35 days or so, in my opinion. And mizuna, this is Beni Houshi mizuna, and the flowers are edible, so I’ll use them as a garnish. I’ll just grab a couple of those, and I’ll also take some kale leaves from back here.
Although this is an older kind of kale, the same principles and theory apply.
So we’re just going to grab the oldest leaves first, chop and come again style. Take a look at this. This plant continues to sway and roll. It looks fantastic, but we’ve cleaned it up a little. We’ve let in a bit more light, and we’ve got a great little micro salad here that we’ll whip up in no time.
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