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Mar
09

Growing food: How long do I have to wait?

Borlotti beans: wonderfully tasty and homegrownGrow your own food! But be patient – this is how long it will take. The chart looks at how long you can expect to wait for your vegetables to grow from seed. These are estimated times – climate, soil conditions, water supply, different cultivars, farming methods can all give different results.

There’s no time like the present to start growing food, especially when you see how long it takes for veges to grow. The economy is going insane, nobody knows what’s going to happen… you need a little security in your life. Being able to grow food to feed your family is really the best security you can get. Then you know that if you lose your job, or the supermarkets run out, or your country goes bankrupt you can eat.

It’s a baseline to work from – you need to eat. If you grow your own food (or even just some of it) :

—  it will save you money;
—  it will give you mana, strength, self-worth;
—  it will give you better health, keep you active, help you lose weight.

Table of growing times for common food plants

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month
2
months
3
months
4
months
5
months
6
months
A really
long time…
Garden cress
Microgreens
Radish
Sprouts
Wheatgrass
Arugula/Rocket
Beans
Dill
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Okra
Pak Choi
Peas (75 days)
Spinach
Swede
Turnip
Watercress
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Chives
Endive
Gherkin
Kale
Kumara
Leek
Parsley
Parsnip
Potato (early)
Radicchio
Silver beet
Soya bean
Sweet corn
Tomato
Broad beans
Broccoli
Celery
Cucumber
Florence fennel
Globe artichoke
Melons
Onion (bunching)
Onion (pearl)
Potato (main)
Pumpkin
Squash
Daikon radish
Salsify
Capsicum
Cauliflower
Eggplant
Onion (bulbing)
Winter cress
Aloe Vera
Celeriac
Garlic
Jerusalem artichokes
Shallots
Yam
Asparagus
(5 years)
Ginseng
(4-9 years)
Rhubarb
(2 years)
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6 Responses to “Growing food: How long do I have to wait?”


  1. 1 forsythkid
    March 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I could not agree with you more. In these times of uncertainty, a garden with fresh produce is a must for everyone. Thanks!

  2. 2 loveplantlife
    March 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Hi forsythkid, thank you! I just really like the fact that when everything else is uncertain, you can go into your backyard and do something that has such positive impact. Feeding yourself is empowering!

  3. 3 jmsinnz
    May 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    This is a great chart. Thank you. It’s up there on my favourites with http://www.gardenate.com

  4. 4 loveplantlife
    May 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Ooooooo – great link! Thanks!


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