5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Radishes

My Garden Life
September 6, 2016
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Once temperatures average below 75°F consistently, it feels like time to put our summer gardens to bed, but don’t let the feeling turn into a missed opportunity. There is still time for quick-growing harvests of vegetables that thrive in cool temperatures. One of our favorite cool season vegetables is the radish and here are 5 reasons you should grow them, too.

 

  1. Radishes take less than a month to grow from seed, making them one of the easiest and fastest vegetables to grow.
  2. There are different types of radish and their flavors range from spicy to mild. All radish types have an unmistakable crisp texture and make a tasty addition to salad and slaw recipes.
  3. They survive hard frosts, down to 28°F, and their ideal growing temperature is 50-75°F.
  4. Radishes don’t require much room to grow. If you live in an apartment, condo or have limited space to garden, then radishes are a must-try in a container. The container should be at least 6 inches deep and have drainage holes in the bottom.
  5. Fresh-from-the-garden vegetables always taste best. In addition, radishes keep well in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Pro-Tip: Plant new seeds every few days over a 2 week time frame. This will provide a steady supply of radishes, rather than all the radishes being ready to eat at once.

Now that you know what’s great about growing your own radishes, buy a seed packet and follow its directions for planting depth and spacing. To ensure a successful harvest, place the radishes in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily and keep the soil slightly moist.

We’d love to see how your radish crop turns out. Share a picture with us on our Facebook page, My Garden Life.

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