Growing your own vegetables is rad...ish! Just kidding, growing your own vegetables is definitively rad. Radishes are ripe for the picking from February to October!
Common name : Radish
Scientific name : Raphanus sativus
Family : Brassicaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Biennial
Radishes can be sorted into four main categories: summer, autumn, winter and spring, and their shape, color, and size changes depending on the variety : There are over 370! They prefer light, cool soil. The advantage of growing radishes is that the time between planting and harvesting is very short: 18 days for the most used.
Radish - Raphanus sativus — from the Latin radix, radicis, "root, horseradish", from the Greek raiforaas, "turnip" is a biennial garden plant from the Brassicaceae family, cultivated for its swollen tap roots, eaten raw, like a vegetable.
The term also indicates the vegetable. The edible part, a tap root with white flesh, is the underground swollen part of the stem, above the root. The radish's skin can be different colors, the most common being red. Some varieties can have pink, white, or gray-white skin.
Sow my radish
Radishes love exposure to the sun where they will grow better, but they also accept partial shade. They need a light and cool soil, of any kind, provided that it is loosened enough.
The sowing period varies according to the type of radish and the moment that you with to harvest!
The period starts as soon as mid-February and under protection for "forced" radishes, and continues from March to September for every month radishes, and from June to August for summer, autumn, and winter radishes. In October, it is still possible to plant "forced" radishes under a plastic tunnel. But the real good period is when you have planned to stay home for at least 3 weeks! Radishes don't handle drought very well and go to seed or even better, become "hot"! Thus, sow at a time when you can watch over them and give them water regularly if needed.
In loosened earth that has been freed of rocks, trace 2 centimeter deep grooves, spaced about 10 centimeters from each other. Sow your seeds, mixed beforehand with some sand to more efficiently distribute them. Cover with a think layer (about 1 centimeter) of potting soil and tamp down properly.
Vary, from one sowing to another, the spots: don't keep one place for them permanently as these vegetables suffer from always being cultivated in the same place. You can sow them with carrot seeds. The association is beneficial.
Mulch my radish
You can mulch with, for example, a very thin layer of dried grass cuttings: this will protect your radishes from being "beaten" by the rain and will limit the need for watering a little! Only mulch after your radishes have grown and never cover the plants: only mulch up to the "collar" — that is where the root ends and the stem starts. Water after mulching.
Water my radish
Radishes need light but frequent watering. - it's how to guarantee a sweet taste! Keep the soil cool until the harvest, especially in summer. For once, you can go all out: wetting the leaves chases off flea beetles — also called garden fleas — just about the only pest that has the time to attack radishes!
Thin out my radish
After sprouting, thin out the plants by leaving only one small sturdy plant every 4 to 5 centimeters to facilitate their growth.
Harvesting my radish
Harvests should be done regularly as soon as the radishes have formed: you must not wait too long as they will quickly become tough and bitter.
Consider spacing out your plantings so as to be able to harvest all summer! You can then cultivate your radishes in your garden's empty spots between other crops.
Remove my radish
If you have harvested everything, or the remaining radishes are too hard, you can tear them off and compost them.