The same radishes you planted in spring also do well in late summer and early fall, and they’re always one of the first crops to germinate and mature in the garden, giving you near-instant gratification.
Miniature beet varieties (like Babybeat and Baby Ball) are perfectly round and ready for harvest in 40 days. At full size they measure just 1 to 2 inches in diameter, but truth is, any beet can be harvested in the baby stage.
As one of the most reliable fall crops, turnips can be harvested at any stage of growth. When they’re young, turnips (both the roots and the greens) are actually milder and sweeter, so they’re a good way to go if you find mature turnips too bitter.
Many people shy away from kohlrabi because it looks so strange, but it’s a versatile vegetable that starts off sort of peppery when raw, and mellows into a smooth, mild flavor when cooked.
Spinach is a cold-hardy vegetable that makes a great cut-and-come-again crop. Just snip a few outer leaves from each plant and let them continue growing until, well… you’re sick of eating spinach!