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All Things Garden,  Beginner Basics

13 Fast Growing Vegetable Crops for the Fall Garden

As the abundant crops of summer begin to wind down for the year, that doesn’t mean your garden harvests need to come to an end too! Instead, replace your dwindling heat-loving plants with fast-growing crops that are better suited for the cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours that come with fall. In fact, many of our favorite vegetables grow best in the fall! 

Read along and discover the fastest growing cool season vegetable crops for your fall garden. Some are ready to harvest in as little as 30 days! Others may take a couple of months, but can also be harvested and enjoyed immaturely if needed. You could grow any and all of these from seed, or get a jump start and purchase started nursery seedlings for some. I also include tips on how to accelerate plant growth, and extend your growing season. Don’t let looming winter weather stop you from gardening this fall!

You’ll notice a theme as you read through the list: to make use of the whole plant! By using the plants to their fullest potential, you’ll have plenty to harvest (perhaps enough to preserve even) in under two months time. Furthermore, many of the fast-growing vegetables on this list are incredibly cold-hardy and can survive freezing conditions.

Best Time to Start Fall Garden Crops

While timing varies slightly with each crop and climate, mid to late summer is generally the ideal time to get your fall garden started – especially if you are growing from seed. Check your planting calendars to cross-reference each veggie’s timing. The earlier your first winter frost comes, the sooner you need to get started. Some classic cool season vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts require many months to mature. Therefore, they need a good long head start in order to get a worthy harvest before freezing weather hits. 

However, if time crept up on you (holy moly, is it fall already?!) or if your climate brings frosty winter weather sooner than most places, don’t get discouraged. Even if you miss the window for certain crops, there are plenty of cool season vegetables that don’t need much time to grow at all! That’s kinda the point of this article…. right? There is hope.

If you don’t have one yet, snag a free garden planning toolkit below. It includes planting calendars for every USDA hardiness zone! Also, be sure to check out our more extensive Fall Gardening 101 article for other tips.

A diagram of a planting calendar for Zone 10, there are various vegetables labeled on one side of the diagram and each one has various color coded lines that are associated with when to start seeds inside, transplant, plant seeds outside, as well as the first and last frost dates.

The Homestead and Chill garden planning toolkit includes planting calendars for every USDA hardiness zone, 2-12.

5 Ways to Accelerate Plant Growth

Feeling pressed for time? There are a number of natural ways to help encourage plants to grow quickly, leading to an earlier harvest. 

1) Choose the Right Varieties 

Pay attention to plant descriptions! They should describe the ideal growing conditions, planting instructions, and ‘days to maturity’ for that variety. The days to maturity is the average time it should take from when the seed is planted until it is ready for harvest.

This can vary significantly between different varieties of the same type of vegetable! For example, many radish varieties may be ready to harvest within 30 days while others take 2 months or longer. Gardeners in northern climates with shorter growing seasons should heed those maturation dates more closely, and select quicker-developing types.

Related: 12 Places to Buy Organic, Heirloom, and Non-GMO Garden Seeds 

2) Starting Seeds Indoors

Sowing select seeds indoors can give you a jump start over planting them directly outside. The temperature swings, varying moisture levels, and other environmental conditions often makes seeds germinate more slowly or unevenly outdoors. On the other hand, seeds that are provided steady ideal conditions indoors will readily sprout – sometimes a week or more earlier than outside! Then, you can transplant them outdoors as small seedlings thereafter. 

However, not all of the fast-growing vegetables on our list like to be started inside. Namely, root vegetables (e.g. radishes, carrots or turnips) do not like to be started in containers and transplanted later. That can easily stunt their growth. Rather, plant their seeds directly outside when the time is right. 

Also note that some quick-growing crops prefer cooler soil to sprout than others. For instance, spinach, lettuce and onions like soil right around 60-70°F for the fastest germination, and may not sprout at all in the warmer conditions that other crops prefer. If it is still hot outside, the ability to control temperature is an added advantage to starting seeds indoors – but avoid using your seedling heat mat on those ones!

See our top indoor seed-starting tips here

Trays of seedlings with only their first embryonic leaves to show for, the heart-shaped cotyledon. Each cell pack of seedlings is marked with a plant tag with each variety of vegetable written on it. Give fast growing crops a head start by starting seeds indoors and transplanting outside once they are more established.
Starting seeds indoors (or as we do, in a climate-controlled greenhouse) can help them sprout more quickly and evenly than when they’re sown directly outside.

3) Thin Early

This just might be the top tip for the most explosive fast-growing vegetables of them all; an effective but often overlooked one at that! Whether you start seeds indoors or plant them directly outside, be sure to thin your seedlings early. 

Once their first set (or two) of true leaves appear, remove or separate extra seedlings so that each single sprout has its own bubble of space to happily grow. Follow the guidelines provided on the seed package or description for adequate spacing between plants. To thin seedlings, we personally prefer to cut out unwanted seedlings at the soil line with pruning snips rather than pull them apart (to reduce risk of uprooting, disturbing, or otherwise stunting the “keeper”). Then, eat the thinned seedlings as microgreens!

When left un-thinned, seedlings compete for nutrients, water, air, and space. Trust me, I have done many side-by-side comparisons of thinned versus unthinned plants! While crowded plants will grow, they do so much slower. Once the extras are removed, a baby bok choy seedling or radish root can quadruple in size in just a week’s time! When you’re up against the clock, proper thinning can make or break your harvest.

Learn even more about thinning seedlings here, including a video demonstration on two thinning methods.

A white ceramic bowl full of thinned seedlings (microgreens) from various edible greens.  Beyond the bowl are multiple raised garden beds full of young brassicas, asian vegetables, and radishes. There are also various flowering perennials such as salvia, lavender and yarrow. The furthest backdrop is a mixture of vines and perennials that create a wall of green with purple and pink flowers. Promote growth for fast growing crops by thinning seedlings to ensure each plant gets all the nutrition, moisture, and oxygen it needs to thrive.
Thinned radish sprouts. Don’t let thinned seedlings go to waste! Nearly all seedlings are edible as microgreens (with the exception of the nightshade family – like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers)

4) Start with Seedlings 

Too late to start from seed? There is no shame in picking up some baby plants from your local nursery instead! Buying and planting started seedlings can give you weeks head start. Months even! It also eliminates the fuss over seed starting, if that isn’t your thing. If you’re using the Homestead and Chill planting calendars, the “transplant” time equates to when to plant nursery seedlings outside. 

Check out this article for tips about choosing the healthiest and best seedlings at the nursery. For instance, bigger isn’t always better! Large seedlings in tiny containers are often root-bound, and will grow more slowly once transplanted compared to those that are still more small and tender. Also remember that not all types of fast-growing vegetable crops like to be transplanted as seedlings, like root veggies. 

One side of a rusted metal arch is shown with a metal sign attached across it with the word "garden" in green cursive. There are various grasses or agaves in pots below the sign. Beyond are display tables with many herbs and perennials in smaller flats. A local nursery is a good place to find started seedlings that can help you in your search for fast growing crops.
Head to your favorite local nursery to pick up some started plants!

5) Feed Your Seedlings & Garden Soil

To give your fast-growing vegetable crops an expeditious oomph, be sure to feed them! When seeds first germinate, they do not need or want any fertilizer. In fact, fertilizing seedlings too early can shock or harm them. Yet after their first set or two of true leaves appear (the ones that come after the very first pair of spouts), seedlings benefit from a light feeding with a mild fertilizer. 

For rapid growth, try watering seedlings with dilute seaweed extract, a fresh aloe vera solution, and/or homemade compost tea. Those are our go-to gentle organic fertilizers! When used correctly, they pose no risk of harming tender young plants. On the contrary, the plants will be perkier than ever. Just say No to Miracle Grow. 

In addition, we always amend our garden bed soil between crops and seasons. About twice per year, we top our raised beds with fresh aged compost and various mild, slow-release organic fertilizers such as kelp meal, neem seed meal, and alfalfa meal (following a no-till garden philosophy). See our full seasonal fertilizing routine here!

A hand holding a beaker of seaweed extract to feed to seedlings, shown in the background in trays in a greenhouse
Our seedlings love their seaweed extract!

Now that you’re armed with organic ways to make your quick-growing vegetables crops grow faster than ever, here is the list you came here for.

Fast-Growing Fall Vegetable Crops

At a glance

  1. Radishes
  2. Turnips
  3. Carrots
  4. Beets
  5. Fava Beans
  6. Lettuce 
  7. Spinach
  8. Green Onions & Scallions
  9. Bok Choy
  10. Arugula
  11. Kale
  12. Mustard Greens
  13. Other Leafy Greens

Keep reading for more insight on how to grow, use, and make the most out of each one!

A bountiful harvest melange is shown from a birds eye view. There are kale leaves, bunching onions, squash, lemons, fava bean pods, strawberries, radishes, salad turnips, carrots, mustard greens, chard, carrots, nasturtium, and fresh herbs arranged in an artistic manner.
Some of the fastest growing veggies: leafy greens, bunching onions, turnips, baby carrots, and more!

(Start these fast-growing crops from seed)

1) Radishes 

Days to harvest: 28 to 60+ days

Smaller radishes such as French Breakfast or classic red round varieties will grow most quickly. Early thinning is especially important to promote speedy and healthy radish growth. Check out the video below to see what I mean! Pink Beauty, Crimson Giant, and Easter Egg radishes are some of our go-to favorite fast-growing crops. Ready in 30 days, you may have time to grow two rounds before the ground freezes!

In contrast, larger daikon-type radishes can take a couple months or longer – though they’re totally awesome to grow if you have the time. Daikon greens are incredibly nutrient-dense and tasty too, so don’t let those go to waste! Get creative with your radishes; they’re good for much more than just salads. Try them roasted, in soup or veggie sandwiches, sautéed, fermented into dilly radish pickles… 

Learn more: How to Grow Radishes, from Seed to Table

Press play to watch the video. An example of thinned radishes (growing large quickly!) versus ones left un-thinned (didn’t grow at all!)

2) Turnips

Days to harvest:  25-30 days for turnip greens, 30-75 days for mature roots.

Like radishes, turnip maturation time will vary depending on the variety. Smaller tender “salad turnips” will be ready to harvest much sooner than larger varieties. Market Express is an awesome fast-growing, small, tender white salad turnip. Plant slightly larger types too, like Golden Globe. Even if they don’t reach their maximum root size potential, the delicious and mildly spicy turnip greens (similar to mustard greens) make them worthy of growing regardless. We love to eat turnip greens sautéed with other seasonal veggies, in soups or frittata, and more!

Once they have at least a handful of leaves, harvest one or two of the oldest, outermost leaves per turnip to enjoy each week (a “cut and come again” harvest style) – or take the whole bunch when it comes time to pull up the turnip root! 

Turnips grow much like radishes – so feel free to follow the same tips in the radish article linked above. 

A large handful of harvested radishes and Japanese salad turnips with the garden in the background. The radishes are all smaller round types, a mix of red, pink, and purple along with the white salad turnips.
A mixture of Market Express salad turnips, Pink Beauty and Giant Crimson radishes.

3) Baby Carrots 

Days to harvest: 40-50 days for baby carrots, 65-90 days for mature carrots.

Full-grown carrots do need more time than radishes or turnips do. However, if you space or thin them well to promote quick growth, you can totally harvest baby carrots in under two months time. Folks with short growing seasons should consider smaller, early-maturing varieties, though carrots can survive temperatures down to 15°F! For example, consider “Little Finger” baby carrots.

You may have seen this coming by now, but yes – carrot greens are edible too! Not just edible, but dang good. Make the most of your harvest and stock the freezer with carrot top pesto! Follow our Besto Pesto recipe, and simply replace the called-for basil with carrot greens. Carrot greens are also quite popular to use in fresh green juice or chimichurri recipes. 

Learn more: How to Grow Carrots Successfully, from Seed to Table

Two wicker baskets set along a gravel walkway, one is rectangular in shape and full of freshly harvest carrots of varying color. There are yellow, orange, and purple carrots with their green still attached. The other wicker basket is round and is full of freshly harvested chioggia beets. Two of which are cut in half along their equator, revealing the candy cane red striping set against white flesh within. There is yellow yarrow and lavender growing next to the pathway.

4) Beets 

Days to harvest: 25-30 days for beet greens and 55-65 days for mature roots.

Similar to carrots, the beetroot itself may take a few months to reach its fullest potential. Look for early-maturing varieties such as Early Wonder. Baby beets can still provide a worthy harvest, but fast-growing beet greens are where it is AT! As a matter of fact, I know some folks who grow beets primarily for their greens! Certain beet varieties are even marketed for their extra-tall tasty tops.

Beet greens taste reminiscent to swiss chard, are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and can be ready to harvest within 30 days. Use the cut-and-come-again method to remove a few leaves at a time, or harvest the whole lot when frost is near. We love beet greens in soup, or simply sauteed with olive oil or butter, salt, pepper, and garlic. A little squeeze of lemon is always welcome too. The youngest tender beet greens are also wonderful fresh in green salads.   

Of all root veggies, we’ve found that beets are the one that tolerate being started indoors. BUT only if they’re transplanted early and very gently, before the roots have a chance to become root-bound in the slightest. 

DeannaCat is holding a bunch of beet greens, they resemble a bunch or red chard. Long red stems, red ribs, and dark green leaves can easily be mistaken for chard.
Not Swiss Chard! This here is a handful of delicious beet greens, ready to get sautéed with some garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

5) Fava Beans/Greens (aka Broad Beans)

Days to harvest: 30-40 days for greens, 50 days for small beans, and 75-80 days for large mature beans.

If you haven’t grown fava beans before, you’re missing out! They’re all-around fantastic. Due to these legumes’ ability to fix nitrogen, fava beans are traditionally grown as cover crop to improve soil fertility, reduce erosion, and are also utilized as mulch. Yet they’re an incredibly versatile, delicious and nutritious edible crop as well. Not to mention the entire fava bean plant is edible! You can eat the leaves (similar to spinach), flowers, the outer bean pods or shell, and of course the individual inner beans. The main stalks are a bit tough, so save those for the compost pile.

All this combined makes fava beans low-risk, high-reward fast-growing crops for your fall garden. Even if freezing weather comes before the beans become massive, you’ll have something to harvest from these plants. Not to mention fava beans can withstand temperatures down to 10°F!

Small fava beans have super tender outer pods that can be eaten whole. Much of the flavor and nutrients are in the pods anyways! Also harvest leaves and the tender top portion of the beanstalk (topping the plants will simply make them branch) to use fresh in salads, soups, and sautees. Or, try our fava bean greens pesto recipe.

The simple act of growing fava beans will enrich your soil for next season. Be sure to leave the roots in place in the ground though! At the end of the season, cut the stalks out at the soil line and either let them decompose on top of the soil or in your compost pile.

Related: How to Grow & Use Fava Beans (Broad Beans) as Food or Cover Crop!

A three part image collage, the first image shows a hand holding a stalk of a fava plant. In the other hand is a pair of scissors which have their cutting shears wrapped around a portion of the stalk. The tender tips are  being harvested to eat and encourage the fava plant to become more bushy. The second image is a hand holding a number of freshly harvested fava greens as one would a bouquet of flowers, the greens are harvested from the top six to twelve inches of the growing end. The third image shows a metal stainless steel colander full of tender fava green foliage, it can be eaten fresh, cooked, or made into pesto. They are a fast growing crop where every part of the plant is edible.
Harvesting fava bean greens to make fava pesto. The leaves are also awesome in salads and soups!
DeannaCat  is holding three large fava bean pods, one of them has been cut open to show the fava beans that are hidden below the green pod. There is also five large fava beans in here palm as the pods are being held by her fingers. In the background there is a white ceramic bowl with copper lined rim that is full of shelled fava beans. It is sitting o. a skinny barn wood coffee table with a few scattered fava bean pods surrounding the bowl.
Huge fava beans! Bigger isn’t always better though. The larger they get, the more tough the main outer pods and peel covering the individual beans become. In contrast, smaller fava beans can be enjoyed whole – pod and all.

(Grow the fast-growing crops below from seed or started seedlings)

6) Lettuce

Days to harvest: 25 days (baby leaf), 60 days (full heads)

Days to maturity can vary greatly depending on the lettuce variety. Those marketed as baby-leaf lettuces can give you the fastest harvest of all! Keep in mind that lettuce seeds prefer cooler soil temperatures to germinate, and may not sprout at all over 80°F.  

Personally, we like to grow open-headed varieties of lettuce over tight-forming heads like iceberg lettuce. For example, oak leaf, red leaf, and loosely-bunching romaine varieties. That way, you can continually harvest a few outermost leaves from every plant each week instead of waiting for them to ‘head up’ all at once. Besides, darker leafy greens are more nutrient-dense than iceberg anyways!

A raised garden bed full of many plants of romaine lettuce that is quite full in growth. DeannaCat is pulling one of the leaves downwards at the base to harvest. In the background there are various trees and lavender bushes.
Yes, you can harvest just a few romaine leaves at a time! Gently pull off the outermost/oldest leaves. Before a hard frost, harvest the entire head.

7) Spinach 

Days to harvest: 25 days (baby leaves), 35-45 days (mature leaves)

Spinach does exceedingly well in the cooler, less sunny days of fall. Most types of spinach are fast growers, though you’ll get exceedingly early harvests with baby spinach, picking the leaves when they’re 2 to 4 inches long. Large or giant-leaf varieties are also known to grow quickly. Another one of our favorites is Flamingo spinach. Like lettuce, spinach will sprout most readily in soil temperatures between 60 to 70 degrees. Spinach is also known to become increasingly sweet in flavor after a light frost!

DeannaCat is touching the top of a spinach plant that is full and lush with green leaves. The plant has various tops of new growth, a chard plant and romaine lettuce can be seen hidden amongst the spinach. An orange-brown chicken is in the background, frozen as if the image being taken is of her. There is also a stone wall pollinator island full of flowering perennials and herbs.
Flamingo spinach

8) Green Onions & Bunching Onions (Scallions)

Days to harvest: 50-65 days for mature green onions or scallions

While full-blown onion bulbs need some time to grow, their green tops can be ready to enjoy in under two months time. ‘Green onions’ are simply the aboveground portion of young onions, harvested before the onion has a chance to form a bulb. Scallions (also known as bunching onions) are a slightly different type of allium. Those form little-to-no bulb at all, but the greens are used just the same. We particularly enjoy Red Florence and White Lisbon bunching onions.

Once green onions are at least 6 inches tall, you can either harvest just a few green shoots at a time, or wait and pull the entire young onion or scallion. For repeated harvests, green onions will re-grow if their greens are cut an inch or two above the soil line. Or, when the bulbous base and roots are placed in a glass of fresh water. 

DeannaCat is holding a bunch of green onion tops that resemble chives. Below laying on the flagstone is a pair of scissors and a cell 6 pack of onion seedlings. There are many planted in each cell, these will need to be pulled apart and planted individually to make for a fast growing crop.
Here, I harvested a handful of green onions by giving a flat of seedlings a hair cut. They were getting tall and toppling. Cutting the greens will also encourage bulb development. Soon after, these were gently separated and planted in a bed.

9) Bok Choy 

Days to harvest: 21-30 days (baby greens) 45-50 (mature leaves, or full baby bok choy heads)

Baby bok choy (such as ‘Toy Choy‘) is the fastest growing type, but there are dozens of varieties of bok choy – sometimes also called pac choi. With its tight little head, baby bok choy is best to harvest all at once. Other more loose or open-headed bok choy are perfectly suited for cut-and-come again harvests, so you can get started on picking leaves even sooner. Our favorite type of bok choy is Joi Choi. Truth be told, it is one of our favorite crops to grow and eat… period! Joi Choi has large, thick juicy stalks – and is consistently the fastest vegetable seed to sprout out of all of our fall seedlings.

Learn more about cut-and-come-again here, with a video demonstration of me harvesting kale, bok boy, and plenty of other greens this way. 

The understory of a garden bed full of bok choy is shown. Their thick white stalks against leafy green foliage make for a great fast growing crop. The tops of the leaves are lighter in color from the sun shining through them on the far side of the image.
Joi Choi is a larger, more open variety of bok choy that can last in the garden for several months with repeated harvested of individual leaves.

10) Arugula

Days to harvest: 21-35 days (baby leaves), 38-50 days (mature leaves) 

Arugula is perfectly suited for fall. When grown in spring, a sudden warm day can make it easily bolt. Yet the increasingly cool days of fall not only prevent bolting, but also bring out the best flavor of these fast-growing crops! Like other leafy greens, pinch off individual arugula leaves as you need them – ready for salads, soups, pasta, quiche and more. 

11) Kale

Days to harvest: 30 days (baby greens), 50-65 (mature leaves) 

Oh kale, you’re kind of the best. Kale is the ultimate cut-and-come again crop. As soon as our baby kale seedlings have at least 5 or 6 small leaves, we start taking a couple of their outermost leaves each week. As long as you leave a few behind to photosynthesize, the more you harvest, the more new leaves will grow from the middle! Never cut from the middle or chop the whole head off, unless you’re done with the plant for good. 

Harvest small tender kale leaves to eat raw in salads, or of course any other way you’d normally use kale. As time goes on and winter nears, cold-hardy kale can easily outlast your other fast-growing fall crops. Kale not only tolerates light frost and snow, but gets even sweeter in flavor! However, do protect kale from hard frosts to keep it alive as long as possible. Different varieties of kale have varying levels of frost tolerance. 

Raised garden beds are set against a greenish blue house. There are radishes and summer squash growing in a couple of the beds, tall kale plants are towering above the other plants on the backside of one of the garden beds. Their naked lower stalks range from 2 to 3 feet tall showing all of the places where kale once grew. Lush kale leaves are shooting out of the tops of the plants. There are four chickens in the foreground who have been kept out by a fence that has been integrated into the garden bed layout.
If conditions permit, kale will just keep on growing! Every little notch along the stem represents a leaf that was harvested from the plant – hundreds later here! Also peep those perky radishes to the left.

12) Mustard Greens

Days to harvest: 21 days (baby greens), 40-45 days ( mature leaves)

Mustard greens are another cool season favorite in our garden! They come in an array of colors, sizes, and varying degrees of spice. Our absolute favorite is Japanese Red Giant, with huge burgundy-streaked leaves with bright green stems. Green Wave is another popular one that has frilly green leaves. Both are fairly sharp, peppery, or some say “bitter” flavored. Other types of mustard greens are much more mild, such as Tendergreen (komatsuna). We love them either way! Like the other greens on this list, they’re perfect for perpetual harvests of baby greens or large mature leaves. 

A birds eye view of red giant Japanese mustard greens growing in a raised garden bed. The mustard greens are purplish red in color with green ribs.
Japanese Red Giant mustard greens, a must-grow IMHO!

13) Other Leafy Greens

Days to harvest: 21 days (baby greens), 40-60 days (mature leaves)

Honestly, I could have called this article the “Top 20 Fastest Growing Vegetable Crops” instead of 13, and kept this on going! There are dozens of other leafy greens that grow quickly and happily in fall. Consider Swiss chard, collard greens, mizuna, sorrel, tat soi, or other asian greens – to name just a few! While all of these have the potential to feed you over many months (especially if you protect them from frost), greens are especially popular to harvest and enjoy young too. After all, microgreens and “baby leaf” salad mix are often a combination of Swiss chard, kale, and other asian greens. 

A small harvest picture is shown, single leaves from vegetables such as kale, bok choy, chard, mustard greens,  and romaine are shown with the bottom of their stalks pointed towards the middle creating a circle where a few microgreen sprouts are scattered. They greens are pointing outwards in a circle, as if they are rays emanating from the sun in the middle.
Give me alllll the greens! Mustards, kale, swiss chard, spinach, arugula, radish sprouts, lettuce, tat soil, beet greens, dandelion greens, and more.

How to Protect Plants from Frost

Most of the fast-growing cool season crops included on this list can handle a light frost, especially mature plants and varieties described as particularly cold-hardy. Even better, many of them become even more flavorful and sweet after a kiss of cold! However, young seedlings are susceptible to damage from frost, and even established plants can be killed from a hard freeze. 

Keep an eye on your weather forecast, and be prepared to protect your plants as needed. One popular option is to cover the plants with frost cloth, either lightly laid right on top of the plants or supported over them with hoops. We use hoops and row covers extensively in our garden – for pest control and shade when needed too! Check out this article to learn all about setting up and using hoops and row covers. It includes options for both pre-made and DIY hoops, and goes over the different temperature ratings of various frost blanket weights.

Two raised garden beds are shown affixed with hoops and row covers. There are young brassica and asian green seedlings growing in the soil below. Protecting fast growing crops from pests is key to achieving a quick harvest. There are flowering perennials, trees, and vines in the background with a few flowering annuals in the foreground around the garden beds.
We use these handy pre-made hoops and insect row cover to block birds and pests from getting to our young seedlings, but the insect netting can easily be replaced with frost cover too!

Ready to grow some quick veggie crops?

What do you say? Are you feeling more confident and excited about your fall garden now? I sure hope so! If you follow the tips and suggested fast-growing crops we explored here today, you should be harvesting some homegrown goodies in no time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or additional suggestions in the comments below. Also, please spread the love by sharing or pinning this article. Thank you for tuning in, and best of luck with your fall garden!

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  • Rachele

    Thank you for yet another most educational and helpful, useful article – oh, also motivational! I’m excited to try growing some more asian-variety veggies!

  • Val

    Great article,love getting your emails always so full of great and useful information iam in zone 8 B I think lol so want to try some of these fall crops don’t have to much space for a garden but it sure all helps,enjoy the rest of the summer

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Thank Val, you can really grow a lot in your zone through the winter, hope you can find a few of the veggies that do well for you. Good luck and have fun growing!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hello Lindsey, you should be able to plant any vegetable or flowers where your garlic once grew. We just try to rotate the crops so we aren’t growing the same vegetable in the same place season after season. Fava beans do a great job of enriching your soil while fixing nitrogen at the same time. Thanks and good luck!

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