In the U.S. and Europe radishes are prized for their spicy flavor. They are eaten raw and the leaves are edible as well. Radishes are related to turnips and mustard. Numerous varieties and colors are available including red, red over white, and the stalwart white icicle. They mature in as little as 25 to 30 days. Successive plantings are necessary to keep a fresh supply. Radishes like cool weather, begin planting about thirty days before the last frost date in your area.
Growing takes little space. Plant thickly in short rows and thin to two or three inches apart. The seeds are large and easy to plant. Make a shallow trench one inch deep and sprinkle in the seed. Well prepared loose soil will yield better crops. Radishes have few insect pests and a dusting of Nature’s Guide Diatomaceous Earth is sufficient. Because they mature quite rapidly, check them after twenty days and harvest as they mature. Do not let them get too larger or flavor and texture will suffer.
Scarlet Globe Radish