Growing Radishes in the Home Garden

Growing radishes not only helps you include home-grown vegetables in your diet, it is also a fun and colorful aspect of gardening, given the variety of colors and shapes in which they can grow. Traditional salad radishes, which can be sliced, chopped or used as decoration in the form of a pretty radish rose, can grow in red, pink, purple or white. Rat-tail radishes grow green seed pods that can also be eaten. Contrary to what you might think of when you picture a radish, Oriental radishes are very large and, when grown in the fall, have big carrot-like roots. Follow these easy tips to make growing radishes easy.

When to Start
Radishes can be planted before the last frost of the year. Try to get them in the ground about two weeks before that last frost, except for in the case of the Oriental radish, which requires a fall planting for successful growth.

Loosen the top 6 to 10 inches of soil in your garden. Radishes are root vegetables, which means that they will need a clear downward path in order to grow properly. they'll need a clear path to grow. Seeds should be planted about 1 inch apart and in rows that are 12 inches apart. You should see sprouts quickly-in about 3 to 7 days.

If you're picking radishes in warm weather, keep in mind that you will be required to cool them. In order to help them reach a cooler temperature, make a point of tossing them into a bucket of cold water as soon as you harvest them from the ground. When the time does come to pull them from the ground, keep an eye on their size. Salad radishes should be bigger than grapes when you harvest them; if you leave radishes in the ground for too long, they will start to take on a bad texture. 

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