Radishes require a constant supply of water and a compost rich soil. If allowed to dry out they will develop a sharp and woody taste. To grow tasty radishes they need to be grown fast. In hot weather they may bolt and after this happens pull and put them in your chicken pen or compost pile. By providing them with lots of what they need to grow you’ll ensure they reach maturity before they bolt.
Bolting is more of a problem with radishes grown in the spring. In the fall, temperatures drop as the crop matures and you don’t have the same problem with bolting.
Plant Radish seed 1/2 inch deep, 2 1/2 or 3 inches apart keeping rows of Radishes 4 to 6 inches apart. Never allow the seeds or seedlings to become dry. Check them daily and water if the soil is getting dry.
It may be helpful to loosen the soil using a small hand trawl when you are harvesting (pulling) your mature Radishes.
Something that really improved my success with container grown Radishes was knowing they need to grow under overhead sunlight, or as close to overhead as you can get. This is not a problem in a garden or even a container on a patio. But a balcony with an overhang can cause Radishes to fail, you don’t get overhead sunlight.
This same lighting principal applies to any root crop, like beets, potato’s, turnips or carrots.
There are lots of Radish varieties but two of my favorite are French Breakfast, Cherry Belle. White Icicle, Red Crimson run a close second place on my preferred list.
Hint Cut do not pull excess seedling when thinning out your radish crop. Use these fresh young tender radish greens in your homemade salads.
All parts of the Radish can be eaten, however with that said, I don’t like mature Radish top greens, so the chickens or rabbits get them as special treats.
What no chickens! Throw your unused Radish greens in your compost pile.
Hint Make pickled Radishes from your excess harvest. Use any sour, dill or sweet pickle recipe or use your favorite pickle beet recipe replacing beets with Radishes.
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