One of the easiest and quickest vegetables to grow in your organic vegetable garden are radishes. Even youngsters will have little difficulty getting them to grow and will have lots of fun doing so. The most familiar type of radish is the red round ones with white crunchy
Even youngsters will have little difficulty getting them to grow and will have lots of fun doing so. The most familiar type of radish is the red round ones with white crunchy centres.
However radishes come in other colors too such as purple and a blackish shade.
For radishes to grow best they should be planted where they will be exposed to full sun in light, sandy soil that has a pH of 6.5 to 7.0 if grown early in the spring. If you are planting radishes for a late-season crop, a clay soil is best.
During the growing period, radish seedlings will need to be thinned, allowing them to spread and grow. Keeping weeds in check is extremely important if you want to have a bumper crop. Make sure that you remember to water regularly.
Most radishes are ready for harvesting within 3 to 4 weeks from planting if conditions are good, which makes them an ideal veggie to grow in the spring as you get to see results quickly.
Most radishes are ready for harvesting within 3 to 4 weeks from planting if conditions are good, which makes them an ideal veggie to grow in the spring as you get to see results quickly. Otherwise, it may take up to 7 weeks if the weather is colder.
If you leave the radishes in the ground too long they will become tough and crack and will lose much of their flavour.
It is good to know that you can plant radishes every week starting a couple of weeks before the last frost if this is an issue where you live, and continue planting through early summer. This will give you radishes all spring and summer.
You can then begin planting them again in late summer and early fall. This will extend your growing season and give you a bigger harvest. With radishes, you don’t want to harvest them all at once. Instead, you want to spread it out.
Due to their rather pungent odor, radishes don’t have too many problems with pests; especially aphids, cucumber beetles, tomato hornworms, squash bugs and ants. One pest that may cause some damage is the cabbage maggots which can be controlled by adding beneficial insects such as lady bugs. It is rare for pests to destroy an entire crop of radishes.
Why Grow Radishes?
As radishes contain a great deal of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium and even some protein, they are very healthy for you. This is especially so if you have followed the principles of organic gardening and not exposed them to toxic chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The vitamin C in radishes helps to boost your immunity while the potassium helps to keep your heart healthy while assisting with controlling your blood pressure. The vitamin B improves your energy levels and your liver will benefit by being more effective in detoxifying your body.
Radishes can be eaten fresh and make a great addition to any salad. You can also slice them up and add them to a veggie platter.
After you have harvested your radishes they can be successfully stored for up to three days at normal room temperature without impacting on their quality. You can also freeze radishes for approximately two months for them to be still good to eat.
If you wish you can pickle radishes so you can enjoy them all year round.
Radishes are a quick, easy and mostly trouble free vegetable to grow. Why not consider including this in your organic vegetable garden if you haven’t already.
For those of you who live in apartments or flats or who do not have sufficient space in their yard to grow organic vegetables, then why not have a go at growing radishes in containers
Growing Radishes in Containers
First and foremost you will need to decide where you intend to place your containers so that your radish seeds will germinate and grow into healthy strong plants getting sufficient sunlight each day to help them thrive.
Patio or Balcony
It really doesn’t matter where you choose to place your containers so long as they are not in a draft, protected from sunlight by a shady tree or shrub or completely exposed to the elements without any protection whatsoever.
Next, you will need to decide the type and size of container you will use in which to grow your radishes. When making your selection ensure that the containers will be able to retain moisture but still have good drainage.
Having your radish seeds planted in soggy soil with poor drainage will impede growth and development. It is recommended that you use seeds for round radishes rather than long so that the roots don’t become overcrowded in the confined spaces.
Once you have your containers ready in which to plant your radish seeds you will need to use a quality organic potting mix, add some compost, peat moss or other organic matter to provide nutrition and ensure the soil is loose and not compacted.
Now you are ready to sow your radish seeds. Ideally, you should sow them a ½ inch deep, 2-3 seeds at a time. Make sure you cover them with soil but don’t overdo it, then water them well.
You will need to check your containers regularly to ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out. Radishes are very thirsty veggies and need plenty of water. Guard against water-logging the seeds. Make sure the radish plants get sufficient daily sun.
If you keep to this regime in 3 -4 weeks you should have delicious, crunchy radishes ready to harvest.