One of the hardest parts for beginning gardeners, any gardener really, is the waiting. We start off with a little seed and a bit of soil. We plant it, nurture it, watch it spring forth in the miracle of life, and then we wait. We wait for it to get its adult leaves. We wait for it to branch out, reach for the sun. We wait for it to give us some food. Growing what we eat takes time. Some things — asparagus, apples, apricots — take years before they produce any food. Other stuff takes several months. On the whole, the propagation process requires a lot of persistence and patience. However, there are some plants that work their magic quickly. They provide the (nearly) instant gratification we all like so much, both in terms of the labor of growing food and the pleasure of eating it. From seed packet to the dinner plate, in less than 60 days, who wouldn’t give them a go, right?