We’ve compiled a list of 9 our favorite crops that can be harvested in 30 days or less. Let’s create a 30 day garden together! The best part of these crops is that they DO NOT have to be planted in the ground. Each of these will do excellent in a container garden! We’ve linked True Leaf Market for getting the same varieties of seeds that we like. We love their quality and service and you get free shipping with orders of $35 or more!
Let’s get busy and create a 30 day garden with yummies we love here on the farm!
A cool season crop, spring radishes grow best in 50⁰F to 65⁰F weather. Summer radishes tend to be spicier. Once sown, you’ll see leafy green shoots above the soil in just three or four days. Keep planting seeds every week or two for a constant harvest through spring and autumn. Well adapted for containers because the soil stays loose.
Also called scallions, green onions are quick-growing plants that can be cut back to their base again and again throughout the season. Resistant to hot weather and also fairly cold tolerant. Once their green shoots reach a height of 6 inches, they are ready for the first round of harvesting. Also, great for small spaces.
A low-growing mustard green, tatsoi (pronounced “taht-SOY”) is a wonderful addition to salads and soups. This mustard grows in rosettes of dark green, spoon-shaped leaves. Easy to grow. Excellent in a salad or a stir-fry. Baby tatsoi leaves can be harvested when they reach 4 inches in length, or you can wait the full 40 days for tatsoi to mature to full size.
Another cool-weather vegetable that prefers temperatures between 60⁰F and 70⁰F, lettuce seeds should be sown in early spring and late summer. Harvesting young leaves regularly will help keep you the harvest longer. Leaves a colorful and quite attractive in containers.
Able to survive in temperatures as low as 15⁰F, spinach is a cold hardy vegetable that can be planted as soon as the ground thaws. This large heirloom spinach is great for bunching due to good stems. It has very large, smooth, dark-green leaves on a plant that can get up to 24 inches across. This gourmet French strain is very vigorous and particularly good for a fall crop. It is also very low in oxalic acid so the leaves don’t get bitter.
Since arugula seeds germinate well in cooler soil, they can be planted as soon as the garden bed can be worked after the spring thaw. Sow seeds every two to three weeks for continuous harvesting. Arugula thrives in cooler temperatures. Arugula also grows well in containers using a commercial potting soil rather than a gardening mix soil.
A “cut-and-come-again” plant, kale’s young and tender leaves can be culled continually throughout the growing season once the plant is about 2 inches tall. Avoid picking the central bud, since this keeps kale growing and productive. Thick, green curly leaves stand up well to winter temperatures and get sweeter with a frost.
Bok choy – also known as Pak Choi and Chinese cabbage – is a cool weather vegetable that is best planted in spring and fall. Baby leaves can be harvested in a month, or you may wait a couple more weeks for full-sized bok choy heads. They provide a mild and peppery flavor, and can be kept for three months after harvesting.
With edible bits above and below the soil, red beet cultivars produce nutritious greens that are ready to be picked about a month after sowing. A dual-purpose vegetable, the deep green tops can be cooked like swiss chard, but only snip off a leaf or two from each plant so as not to impede root production. When beet shoulders begin to protrude from the soil, after another month, it’s time to pull the plant from the ground. Great for canning and fresh eating. Another yummy that is well suited for containers as the soil stays soft and movable for the beets to push as they grow.
All of the crops we have mentioned can be beautifully displayed as container gardens. There is such a mix of textures, heights and colors that it would almost be a shame not to create a 30 day garden in containers just to play with groupings. We’d love to hear from you if you have other ideas to create a 30 day garden or other plants that would do well in this group.
Create A 30 Day Garden