Monday, October 20, 2014

Growing RADISH from Seed to Harvest

I love growing Radish!!!
Purple Plum Radish


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Looking for an easy, organic crop?

Try Radishes!

One of the many questions I've been asked out at the farmers market is "What's easy to grow?"

The absolute easiest varieties to grow (in my opinion) are RADISH and BASIL.

Growing Radish from
Seed to Harvest

The Radish may be a cool-weather crop but I continue to have success even in South Florida.

Grow radishes in full sun or partial shade. Plant radishes in loose, well-drained soil. Remove soil lumps, rocks, and roots from radish planting beds. Obstructions can cause roots to grow malformed. Add organic matter to planting beds before sowing
 
radishes. Radishes prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.8.  
Sow radish seed
1/4 - 1/2 inch deep and
1 inch apart. 
Thin successful seedlings from 1 to 4 inches apart in wide rows depending upon the variety.
Sow radishes in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before average date of  the last frost in spring. Sow succession crops every 2 weeks in spring and in autumn. Two or more crops can be grown in spring. Radishes require 22 to 70 days to come to harvest. Warm weather can result in small roots. Long days may also cause radishes to flower; plant radishes during the shorter days of spring and autumn. In mild winter regions, grow radishes in late autumn and early winter. Radishes can withstand frost. 
 
Purple Plum Radish
from the garden

Keep radish planting beds moist but not wet. Even, regular watering will result in quick growth. Radishes that receive too little water will become woody tasting. Prepare planting beds with aged compost. Side dress radishes with aged compost at midseason.

Radishes can be grown in containers. Sow radishes in containers at least 6 inches deep. Plant radishes in round containers in concentric circles.  
Companion plants:  Cucumbers, Lettuce, Nasturtiums, Peas, and Peppers.
  Diatomaceous Earth will help with any aphid issues you might have in the garden.
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5 comments:

Kyra Howearth said...

Thank you for the radish growing tips! I love growing radishes too, I always have some in my garden.

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Julia Nyanyo said...

One of the first things I ever grew, totally inspired by Milly Molly Mandy books (do you know them, they may be VERY english, I'm not sure) Milly Molly Mandy grew radishes, so I wanted to too!

mickeydownunder said...

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Deborah Smikle-Davis said...

Hi Mary,
This takes me back to my grandparents's stories about growing radishes in their garden. Thank you so much for sharing this enlightening post on growing radishes from seed to harvest at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!