Radishes (think salads)

Radishes are a tangy welcome to spring, and they’re so easy to grow that most gardening books ignore them (except mine — heh). They can be sown the same time as peas — a month or more before last frost date, with repeated plantings as you like. Since I hate rules, I break the radish police rules also, and rather than sow them an inch apart I broadcast them by hand into a wide bed, then cover with compost or good earth.

 I don’t even thin them. Why bother?  Just start a new bed. Besides, the greens are more nutritious than the radish, so we “thin” them that way for salads.

GROWING: Like beets, radishes do best if grown fast and damp. That also improves the flavor. They mature so quickly (often 3-4 weeks) that weed control isn’t a problem. A thin layer of mulch helps hold in soil moisture, however.

My favorite for the market is Cherry Belle for its taste and because is looks so perfect and … radishy. For home use I prefer French breakfast radishes because they hold so long without losing flavor, and look … well, kinda cute.

Keep in mind that radishes love cool weather, and may not taste as good – if they germinate at all, or don’t bolt – in the heat and dryness of summer. But hey, give it a shot in the shade of tomatoes or corn, or even undersown around broccoli and the like. I mean, what’s this all about? Perfection, rules? Nah. Just fun.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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