Radish

  • Why you should grow it
    • Radishes are a great crop to fit into a garden at any time, especially in the later summer
    • They are fast-growing and a great choice for kids or new gardeners
    • Can come in multiple colours, from red to purple but the inside is always white

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Start in loose, amended soil
    • They grow down so loose soil is key to growing larger radishes
    • Sow seeds 1/4″ deep and about 2″ apart
    • Thin quickly as they are fast-growing
    • Sow short rows

 

 

  • Tips for growth
      • Water the soil regularly, they like sun, but not direct sun and heat
      • Sow every 1-2 weeks for continued harvests
      • Plant from late March to mid-September

     

 

  • Harvesting
    • Harvest after about 21 days
    • Once the radish starts to shoulder out of the soil or looks about 1-2″ in diameter harvest
    • Pull one as a test to see the size
    • Loosen the soil around the radish and tug gently on the leaves

 

  • Saving Seeds
      • Saving radish seeds is easy

     

    • Leave a few radishes in the ground beyond when you would be harvesting them
    • Eventually, they will bolt, sending a flower stalk up
    • The flower will die and seed pods will form
    • Let the pods dry on the plant
    • Snap off the full seed pods and open them inside
    • Fully dry on paper towel
    • Label with the variety and year, store in a cool, dark, dry place