Radishes are great- the whole plants are edible and they are easy to grow. The roots are fantastic in salads; harvested at the right time they are refreshing and tangy. Harvest the leaves at the right time and they will provide a complementary texture to the crunchy roots in a salad.
What you’ll need:
- 1 x Bag of Vegetable Growing Compost
- 1 x Trowel
- 1 x Radish Marshalls Mix Seeds
- 1 x Trough (rectangular container about 1-2 metre in length) or planter
- 1 x Watering can
When to sow radishes:
Start in March for a mid-spring harvest. Do another sowing in early June for a summer harvest.
Radishes come into growth fast and produce delicious roots fast (a turn-around of around 30 days).
How to grow radishes:
Start by deciding how many radishes you would like to harvest at any one time (12, 20, 30?) and count out that many seeds to sow in your trough/planter. Radishes don’t take up much space so you should have lots of space to plant other crops too in the same trough/planter.
- Fill the trough or planter with Vegetable Growing Compost so that there is a 3cm (1 ½ in) gap from the top of the trough
- Create a level surface, smoothing compost down with the back of the trowel
- Water the soil pre-sowing with a watering can and spout sprinkler (rose) so the compost is nice and moist, and seeds need not be disturbed once sows
- Place the radish seeds stationed one inch apart in all directions in a grid formation
- Sprinkle a very thin layer of compost over the seeds, so they are covered but only lightly
- Label the radishes with the variety (radish Marshalls Mix) and date of sowing
- As the seeds start to grow stems (germination) you can start to water them daily in the morning or evening (if early spring) or morning and evening (if late spring/summer)
Expect harvests in 20-30 days, - select one radish as the tester to see if they’re ready to harvest. A radish should be sharp, refreshing and un-woody. Use the leaves for tasty garnishes.