Vegetable Gardening

Aug 2, 2020

What Vegetables Can You Start in May? [Planting Guide]

May 1st, 2020

May is a month where it really starts to warm up and we want quick returns on our plants. Here is a list of fruits and veggies that will bring you fast returns!

We are going to target vegetables with fast germination rates and faster harvest times or what we like to say “days to harvest”

1. Radish “Sparkler”

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Raddish Sparkler 25 days to harvest

Radish Sparkler is a mild vegetable with white flesh and great snappy flavor. A poplular way to prep this garden favorite is to roast the roots.

For faster harvest time you want to mulch around the plant and keep them well watered.

The name “radish” comes from the Greek word for “fast appearing”, aptly reflecting the way radishes grow!

Radish seeds germinate in 4-5 days and are ready to start harvesting in 10 days.

Radishes exhibit best flavor when grown in coll weather and full sun. This makes growing them in May a great time!

Also, when thinning out your radishes in about a week after planting them you can use those as microgreens in your salad.

Radish Planting Directions:

2. Spinach “Giant Noble”

Spinach Giant Noble 10 days to harvest

Giant Noble Spinach is loved by gardeners for its production and flavor. This Spinach is best for eating it fresh, steamed or freezing.

These spinach plants will produce smooth, dark green leaves and excellent flavor.

When you grow Giant Noble Spinach you can expect vigorous growth often times harvesting leaves within 10 days.

The germination of spinach seeds only takes 4 days.

Giant Noble Spinach is very slow to bolt making it have an extended harvest period that gives you plenty of time to enjoy it in your salads.

Spinach Planting Directions:

3. Arugula

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Arugula 30 days to harvest

Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a peppery tasting green that is native to the Mediterranean area. Also, known as Italian cress, salad rocket or rucola.

Arugula is also a cousin to the Radish and we know how fast a radish grows. It can be harvested in as little as two weeks.

Arugula seed is considered a lettuce seed. It’s packed full of vitamin K, vitamin A and folate. It also has beta carotene which helps keep your eyes healthy. Arugula also contains glucosinolates.

Glucosinolates are key phytonutrients believed to act against cancer cells.

Now when you chew this leafy green, these compounds mix with a digestive enzyme called myrosinase that turns them into other cancer fighting nutrients called Isothiocyanates.

Isothiocyanates have anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activities to help aid against cancer.

When you grow Arugula from seed expect another vigorous grower. It only takes 3 days for germination of Arugula seed to start and is fully mature for harvest in 30-40 days.

Arugula Planting Directions:

4. Sunflower Shoots

Sunflower Shoots 12 days to harvest

Sunflower shoots are very nutritious and tender around 7-14 days. They are great in a salad or blended into your favorite smoothie.

Sunflower shoots are considered microgreens and packed full of nutrients 100x when they are fully grown.

The microgreens are high in Zinc which also works with over 300 enzymes in the body to keep things running smoothly. You want to fight against Covid19, this is a great option!

Sunflower greens contain lecithin which help to break down fatty acids in the body. They also contain vitamins A, D, and E as well asimportant minerals including calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

5. Mesclun Mixed Greens

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Mesclun Greens 25-40 days to harvest

Mesclun Greens are meant to be harvested when they are tender young plants.

Mesclun is a mix of tender, young salad green leaves. The mix often includes leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, frisée, mizuma, oak leaf, mâche or lamb’s lettuce, radicchio, sorrel, chervil, groundsel, and dandelion.

Another nutrient packed salad mix that can be quickly harvested. Mesclun is often dressed with olive oil and flavored with fines herbes, garlic, and even anchovies.

If you are looking for planting directions use Lettuce seeds as your guide.

6. Green Onions

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Green Onions 21 days to harvest

Green Onions or Scallions are quick growers and can be harvested within 3 weeks time. The root ends can be cut off and regrown!

Green onions are milder, sometimes sweeter, than their mature onion relatives. Scallions can be eaten raw or cooked by stir-frying, steaming, or roasting. Green onions are great for topping salads, soups, and pasta.

Nutritionally, green onions have a combination of the benefits of onions and greens. They are an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C, and a very good source of vitamin A too.

Onions are rich in nutrients, flavonoids and other phytochemicals which boost body immune function, and thus, have chemoprotective effects on human health.

The Scallion or Onion is a great choice to start growing in May.

7. Beets

Recipe: Roasted Beets with Mint Yogurt - Seed Savers Exchange
Beets 40-55 days to harvest

The beetroot is the taproot portion of a beet plant, usually known in Canada and the USA as beets while the vegetable is referred to as beetroot in British English.

Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

Beet seeds are a great vegetable to grow in May because you can begin to harvest them in 40 days. Just in time for summer smoothies!

Studies have shown Beet juice may boost stamina to help you exercise longer, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure.

Sounds like I’m all in on beets this year!

8. Cucumbers

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Cucumbers 50 days to harvest

You can begin to harvest Cucumbers in as little as 50 days and with the versatility of the vegetable it made our Top 10 List.

Cucumbers are an easy-care vegetable that loves sun and water, cucumbers grow quickly as long as they receive consistent watering and warmth. Cucumbers are a favorite to Garden Blog 2020

There are three main varieties of Cucumber Seedsslicingpickling, and seedless.

Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.

It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.

Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

Cucumber Planting Directions:

9. Kale

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Kale 30 days to harvest

Growing Kale from seed is a wise choice if you have not done so before May because now is the time.

Kale is a popular vegetable and a member of the cabbage family. Kale, or leaf cabbage, belongs to a group of cabbage cultivars grown for their edible leaves, although some are used as ornamentals. Kale plants have green or purple leaves, and the central leaves do not form a head.

Some studies show the benefits of Kale in helping manage blood pressure and boosting digestive health. Kale is also believed to aid in protecting against cancer and type 2 diabetes.

There are many benefits of Kale like just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has: Nearly 3 grams of protein; 2.5 grams of fiber and packs nutrients to support brain health and developement.

Kale continues to grow so you can start harvesting the leaves before its fully mature. A great nutritious leafy green that cracked the Top 10

10. Tatsoi

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Tatsoi 25 days to harvest [NEW! to Garden Blog 2020]

Tatsoi may not be well know but it is becoming more popular in American cuisine. Long time staple in Asia has a variety of nutrients and benefits. Also known as Spinach mustard, Spoon mustard, or Rosette bok choy, Tatsoi is one of the most popular Chinese leafy greens.

Tatsoi is a small low-growing plant that forms a rosette of petite spoon-shaped leaves. It has short pale lime green stems that are succulent and tender, likened to those of a celery heart. The emerald green leaves are glossy and convex with subtle veining.

Tatsoi is nutrient rich containing Vitamins A, C, beta-carotene, calcium, folate, fiber and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are becoming recognized as part of a nutritious diet that promotes long-term health.

Phytonutrients can act as antioxidants, which help to prevent chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Another vigorous grower ready to start harvesting in 25 days.

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