The Tricks to Growing Great Radish
Radish are a problem to write about.
They are so easy to grow it is almost criminal to suggest that you read
an entire page about them.
Sow in the spring as soon as you can work the ground. Sow the seed
about one quarter to one half inch deep at two seed per inch of row.
Thin the resulting seedlings so they are around one and a half inches
apart. The seed will be up and out of the ground in about five days and
don't worry about frost or snow or cold (heavy freezing will hurt them
but that's about it) Sow a new crop every week until it starts to get
too hot; radish do not like hot weather.
Typical cherry ball radish
This means that the rows should be very short because (think about it)
how many can you really eat in salads or stir fries? :-)
Harvest them regularly because they really are only in prime condition
for a few days it seems. To keep them mild – not blazing hot and tough
– you need to grow them quickly. Think lots of compost in the top few
inches of soil (they are shallow rooted) and absolutely no moisture
stress (keep them well watered). If you let them dry out or get too hot
in July and August – they'll quickly become woody and not nice to eat.
You may find when trying to grow them in the middle of the summer that
the long days and high temperatures make them go to flower very
quickly. This is to be expected. Just yank them out and compost them.
Because they are shallow rooted, cultivate as shallowly as you can. Use
compost in the soil as radish do not like over feeding. Overfeeding
attracts root maggots (they like the extra nitrogen in the soil and
Use radish as row markers for other plants such as carrots or tuck a
few here and there between tomato plants. Use waste space in the garden
to grow rather than give them their own row.
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