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Plant of the week: Radishes

Radishes love cool spring weather.
Radishes love cool spring weather.
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One of the most overlooked additives in salads, dips, and dressings is the radish. This peppery vegetable, similar is taste to the mustard plant, sprouts a colorful red bulb and lush green leaves. Its short growing period and tolerance to the cool spring nights here in New England makes it an ideal early garden vegetable.

Although there are no archaeological records of radishes, they are assumed to have originated in China as early as the 1500s. They eventually made their way west to countries such as Greece and Egypt where they were heavily cultivated and used in cooking. Radishes have always been known as a tasty source of vitamin C. To make the most out of the nutritional value in your salads this spring, consider planting these quick bloomers. It’s fresher than anything you can buy at the supermarket and those you cook for are sure to appreciate your efforts.

Radish Q&A


1. When should I begin planting my radish?

Once the weather warms and the last threat of frost has passed, you can begin sowing your radish seeds. They are tolerant of the heat of the summer but thrive in cool weather. Planting them in early to late is best. Here in New England, aim for April or May.

2. What type of soil should I plant my radishes in?

Like most vegetables, radishes prefer well-drained, rich soil. Adding compost or fertilizer may yield a larger crop. Remove all rocks and weeds from the area as you are making room to sow your seeds.

3. How important is weeding?

Anyone who has grown radishes before will tell you that weeding is crucial to their growth. Because radish is a bulb plant that grows primarily under ground, weeds can easily interfere and even kill it. Weed regularly once your radishes germinate.

4. Are radishes prone to any diseases or pests?

Because of how fast they grow, radishes aren’t specifically susceptible to any diseases. However, there are bugs that may munch on the roots of the plant. This cannot be treated with an insecticide because it occurs underground. Relocate your plants away from the pests to prevent the problem in the future.

5. How long does it take for radishes to fully grow?

The average germination period is between 20 and 30 days. By vegetable standards, this is quick which is why constantly weeding is crucial. If you keep up with your radishes, they will heed a decent reward come harvest.


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