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Radish (Raphanus sativus)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Radishes add a delicious crunch to salads, are a great snack on their own dipped in salt and, for the more adventurous, the hotter winter varieties make a great addition to stews and can even be pickled.

The summer varieties come in a bewildering range of colours (red is the most common but white, purple, yellow and even black varieties are available) and can be mild to really quite hot, the winter varieties tend to be white and are generally hotter

 

Because they are so quick to grow - 4 weeks from sowing to harvest - they are an ideal child's plot crop. Get them to draw picture or their initial in a seed bed then sow the seeds along the lines.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyok
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingok
Position
Full sun
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Summer varieties

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 3cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow thinly (thick sowings produce small roots) 1-2cm deep at weekly or fortnightly intervals. Thinning is generally unnecessary.


sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 3cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow thinly (thick sowings produce small roots) 1-2cm deep at weekly or fortnightly intervals. Thinning is generally unnecessary. Water little and often in dry periods to avoid splitting and the overly hot and woody roots that dry conditions can produce.


harvest harvest

Harvest as soon as they have reached full size otherwise radishes can become woody and overly hot.


Winter varieties

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 23cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow two to three seeds 1-2cm deep at every station and thin to the strongest when large enough to handle. In warmer areas, delay sowing until towards the end of the period to avoid problems with bolting.


harvest harvest

Lift like parsnips as needed throughout the winter, bearing in mind that it may be worth lifting and storing a few before the heavy frosts make digging difficult.


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