Radishes are fast growing root vegetable grown all over the world. They come in a wide range of varieties like cylindrical salad radish, large Oriental radish and rat-tail radish. They are Cherry Belle which comes in cherry shape, red in color with crispy white flesh. Another variety is White Icicle which comes in 8” long white in color. Dailon white radishes are huge which comes in 3” diameter with 18” long. Before you plant choose the best variety for yourself considering your location.
Radishes are great and easy growing crops especially growing in fall gardening. These crops tolerate the heat of the summer and the cold of the fall and spring. It takes less than 3 weeks from planting to get mature; you can enjoy the fresh and crisp radishes less than a month. They can be easily grown outdoors, indoors and in containers.
Jolly Speedy Seeds, Pink Beauty and Sparkler 3 are the best varieties suitable for container gardening. For planting radish in container get 12 inch diameter pot with an excellent drainage system. Fill the container with gravel, small rocks and growing medium and make them moist. Plant the best quality radish seed half inch deep and cover it with soil. Mist the soil using spray bottle to damper the soil. Ensure that you dampen the soil and do not saturate it. Place the container in a sunny area where they can get plenty of sunlight per day. If you are not able to provide them enough sunlight then use grow lights. Water them every day but make sure you do not over water it. Seeds will start germinating after 3 to 7 days. Once the plant sets out true leaves, thin them keeping only healthy one. It takes 3 – 6 weeks to be fully matured. Harvest them and enjoy your tasty crunch crop.
For outdoor planting ensure to choose a location where the radish can get plenty of sunlight. The soil should be loose and well-drained soil. Remove any kind of rocks over the area. You can also make raised beds for planting radishes. Check the pH of the soil, for planting radish the pH of the soil should be at least 5.8 and 6.8. and also add good compost lot of organic matter to your soil. Sow the seeds into the soil about 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Within 3 to 4 days the seeds will germinate. Once the seedlings grow to 1 inch thin them. Radishes grown as a companion plant as they keep the bugs off the plants. As a companion plant you can grow carrots, parsnips and cabbages along with them.
Water them regularly making sure not to over water them. Radishes do not require fertilizers but you can use organic food to grow radish in full balance nutrients. Harvest your tasty radish within 4 to 6 weeks. If you prefer sweeter radish then harvest them when they are in small size. Mature radish can taste more peppery.
Radishes are eaten raw or used in salads along with carrots, beets, cucumber and lettuce. Radishes are one of the low calorie root vegetable which has a good source of vitamin C. They help boost immunity system in our body and also very good for the liver and stomach.