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In your experience, what sprouts fastest?

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I planted amaranth two days ago. It's up already. I've never grown it before and am not too sure what to do with it - I got the seeds for free at a festival. But hey! it sure likes to grow!

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  1. That's very quick. Sunflowers sprout about that fast too I find.

    1. Radishes always sprout very quickly in my neck of the woods.

      1. This is what's been missing from my gardening experience - speed trials. Maybe I'll race sunflowers against radishes against amaranth.

        1. amaranth was an unwanted guest in our garden.... we had to dig up almost half of our plantings. the stuff grows like... well, weeds. and the stalks are insanely strong.

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          1. re: Emme

            Wow, interesting. Did you eat any of it? That's what I'm planning to do, either stir-fried or as part of a curry (those are the ideas I've found online).

            1. re: small h

              no... i pull it up wherever it sprouts... i'm not looking to grow it, as i don't have room on my plot for that.

              1. re: Emme

                Oh. Well, if you happen to pull up a nice-size bunch one of these days, I have it on good authority that you can throw it into a pan and saute it with some garlic, ginger, soy sauce and hot pepper and have yourself an excellent side dish.

          2. For me, wild arugula. 48, maybe 72 hours tops, and I have sprouts popping up after broadcasting.