Fast Growing Vegetables: How to Make Them Grow


If you want fast-growing vegetables, you’ll need to find the right ones. You’ve put in all the work and effort, but we all know that it takes time for vegetables to grow in your garden. But it sure would be nice to know some special tricks to make your vegetables grow faster. Unfortunately, there are no tricks nor tactics. Successful gardeners continue to depend on basic techniques used for generations. Healthy and productive gardens require ideal conditions for growth along with high-quality soil. Some rely on techniques such as soil-warming and focus on watering and disease and weed control all throughout the season. By following some basic time tested gardening techniques, you can ensure that your garden continues to thrive all summer long.

So how do I get fast-growing vegetables? Although there are no special unique fixes for this, it is important to follow some of the long-lasting gardening techniques used by many successful gardeners. You’ve got to cover the basics with high-quality soil, soil-warming techniques, weed control, disease control, and other basic gardening techniques like adequate nutrients and moisture that will help make your vegetables grow faster.

I’ve always been intrigued by people who have done the fabulous work of growing a vegetable garden. Some of them seem to speak of it as such a simple matter and they handle the process with such ease. I’ve tasted the delicious garden-grown vegetables they’ve put on the table and wondered how they have been successful at their task. Now, we’re ready to look into some time tested techniques used by generations of successful gardeners to make their vegetables grow faster.

Quality Soil and Nutrients

Compared to most plants, vegetables require more nutrients since they yield large leaves and fruit within a particular season. Rich, well-draining soil will produce vigorous growth that will get you the results you want.

Enhance your garden each year with 1/2 to 1 inch of compost or compost manure. This results in more nitrogen for the soil and improves drainage and texture of the soil so that your plants can get sufficient oxygen.

Before planting, dig in a nitrogen fertilizer in the form of ammonium phosphate, at about 2 pounds for every 100 square feet of soil you use for gardening. Your vegetables need to be side-dressed using 2 pounds of ammonium sulfate as soon as the plants are about four inches tall. When you tend to the soil early like this, this will make a great difference to the growth of your garden.

Sufficient Warmth and Sunlight

For the best performance, you’ll need to provide your plants with at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Warm soil and air temperatures are vital to plants germinating and growing vigorously. In soils that are cold, seeds may rot or fail to germinate properly and grow with vigor. This causes plants to grow slowly and finally, it might not produce fruit at all.

For better warmth, try switching to raised beds to help warm up the soil faster in the spring. You can get row covers that are floating and comes in various weights and it can increase soil temperature as well.

Better Water Practices

There is no substitute for a sufficient supply of moisture to help grow quicker. Reduced water supply not only provides slow growth, but you’ll end up with poor yields or low quality produce. Try soaker hoses or some form of a drip system rather than overhead sprinklers.

Such systems will reduce water waste and prevent diseases that are spread by leaves that are wet. Try installing moisture meters that are small and inexpensive to alert you to the dryness of the soil before the plants begin to suffer the consequences. You can also do the simple and old method of sticking your finger in the soil. The soil should feel moist at 1 inch beneath the surface. Make sure to water the soil sufficiently to keep it consistently moist without getting it too soggy.

Combat Weeds and Pests

To avoid wasting your efforts in gardening, make sure to control the weeds and pests that can be detrimental to your plants. Invest at least an hour or two each week to weed your garden. One to two inches of straw or untreated grass clippings will help to keep the weeds to a minimum. Look out for signs of disease and insects that could be harmful and treat them appropriately.

Diseases in plants are usually a sign of danger. Therefore, the best method is to remove the plant that is infected. Make sure to rotate crops in the coming years and look for disease-resistant types to reduce disease and such problems. You can try insecticidal soap or oils that are appropriate for combating aphids and leafhoppers. Dangerous infestations of beetles and caterpillars can be handled with pyrethrum or Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), according to the insect.

Related Questions

How Can I Make My Vegetables Grow Bigger?

Producing large-sized vegetables is a passion for many people and for some, it is a competition. Such a task begins with choosing the right seed as the seed in itself has much to do with the size of the vegetables it will produce. The seed contains the basic genetic codes necessary for its growing size and overall health. Then comes the common basic tasks such as great quality soil, proper fertilizers, sufficient amounts of water, reducing weeds and pests, and finally, the overall attention and care that you give to your garden.

What vegetables grow quickly?

One of the fastest vegetables to grow are sprouts. They are known for their nutritious quality. Many overlook this great item that is a source of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and other phytochemicals. Other fast growing vegetables are snap beans, beets, broccoli, green onions, radishes, squash, cucumbers, okra, and peas.

Which fertilizer makes plants grow faster?

When you want fast growth regardless of any other factors, it is best to choose inorganic fertilizers. These fertilizers are a source of concentrated nutrients that release nutrients within weeks or immediately according to the type of fertilizer you use. The package will indicate the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium they contain. This is the best option to get fast growth for your vegetables. If you are concerned about the use of chemicals, you want to stick to organic fertilizers, but they will take more time to break down in the soil and to release its nutrients for your plants to use.

Other Considerations

How can I make vegetables grow faster naturally?

Making your vegetables grow at a faster rate naturally is a concern for those who are cautious about the use of chemicals and pesticides. One of the valuable keys for natural growth is to make sure the conditions are optimal for growth. Most vegetables require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Your soil needs to be amended with sufficient organic material such as quality compost. Some vegetables are naturally more prone to pest and disease infections. When you purchase seeds, look for varieties that are resistant to diseases. These are some of the basics of making your vegetables grow faster naturally.

What can I do if my vegetable garden is not growing?

When your entire garden is stunted and refuses to grow, it is definitely a nutrition problem. Many people who use only leaf compost have unbalanced soil with all carbon and no nitrogen. Grass clippings and cow manure can add some nitrogen, but the cycles of nitrogen by use of fungi and bacteria take time and you’ll get a slow response. In this situation, you will need a combination of a short term solution by the use of artificial fertilizers to boost your garden quickly, and a long term solution as well.

How can I grow plants faster in pots?

Making plants and vegetables grow faster in pots is something people often enjoy doing along with city living. You can begin with choosing the right kind of pots with sufficient holes on the bottom to allow water to flow out freely. Otherwise, roots may “drown” in water and the plant will die out. When adding soil to the pot, avoid soil from the yard as it may be full of weed seeds, insects, and other disease-spreading agents. Potting soil from the garden center at your local store will give you a good mixture of loose materials such as peat moss, vermiculite, and, often, decomposed organic matter. Choose the plants that are optimal for growing in pots. They will thrive in such conditions. Of course, you still need to provide the basics such as sunlight, water, nutrients, and proper care specially focused on potted plants and vegetables.

Eyerly Family

The Eyerly Family is a family of 8 that loves gardening. Over the past several years we have been applying what we learn about gardening to our own 16x16 raised back yard garden. Our garden is very prolific and we grow a wide variety of vegetables which we love to eat! Click here to learn more about the Eyerly Family.

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