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Soil facts and preparation

Quick facts..

  • Soil Type Well Drained
  • Ideal Ph range 5.5 to 7.5
  • Site Full Sun
Well drained moisture retaining soil that is not too stony is all that is required. A site in full sun or partial shade is fine.

You can optionally add a general purpose fertilizer before sowing to give the plants a boost.

Sowing and planting

Quick facts..

  • Germination 3 to 7 days
  • Sow 10mm deep
  • Sow Spacing 25mm
  • Rows 200mm apart
Sow 1cm deep at 2cm to 3cm intervals in rows 20cm apart.

Repeat sowing every 1or 2 weeks for a regular supply.

Growing a bumper crop

It is advisable to cover your radish rows with netting soon after sowing to prevent the emerging seedlings being eaten by birds.

Keep soil at even moisture by watering regularly in dry weather. Thin to an eventual spacing of 20cm. Use larger thinnings in salads.

Harvesting the fruits of your labour

Quick facts..

  • Yield 60g per plant
Just pull them up and eat them as required! They don't store well so eat within a few days of harvesting.

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Radish varieties

French Breakfast

The French breakfast radish variety has long red cylindrical roots that are bright white at the base. They are really quick to mature and make a great row marker for slower germinating vegetables such as carrots and parsnips. But be warned they need to harvested as soon as they reach approximately 5cm in length as they quickly become pithy if left in the soil. Sow regularly for a constant supply through spring, summer and autumn. The flavour is mild with the touch of spice you'd want and expect from a variety of radish. Most often eaten raw and whole, its elongated shape enables it to be sliced along its length and be maybe made into radish coleslaw! Originally introduced in the 19th century in France this traditional heirloom variety has been bred into variations on the original theme, some being globe shaped and some with resistance to pithiness but all with the hallmark white flash at the tip.

Scarlet Globe

Very popular and very easy variety to grow, producing bright red, uniformly shaped roots with crisp pure white flesh and a mild flavour. This variety of radish can be ready to harvest in a little over 3 weeks. It grows a small tap root and has a small top. Radish is a cool weather crop however Scarlet Globe has better warm weather tolerance than other varieties.