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Radishes are members of the mustard family Brassicaceae, along with kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and turnip to name a few. This huge group of delicious veggies are extremely versatile and crammed with vitamins, minerals and other health-giving properties. They grow quickly and can be ready to harvest in just 6-8 weeks.
Radishes come in a wide variety of colours and shapes, we normally eat the root of the plant, but the leaves, seeds and flowers are also edible. Radishes are best raw, sliced into salads or left whole and dipped into humus as a crunchy snack.
Find a sunny spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day, preferably with some afternoon shade. Radishes grow quickly and don't like to be moved once germinated so no need to start in trays.
Radishes grow best in free draining soil, if growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Veg & Herb Premium Planting Mix. If you are planting in the garden, then amend the soil with generous quantities of Baileys Clay & Compost (for sandy soils) or Baileys Soil Improver Plus.
Sow seed directly into the soil and water in, keep soil moist. Sow seeds every 2-4 weeks for a continuous crop. Once seeds have germinated thin out the weak plants and ensure seedlings are well spaced.
Baileys Soil Matters Garden contains all essential macro and micro nutrients, and a biological coating which encourages strong root growth. Apply little and often, 25g a per square metre every 3-4 weeks and water in immediately.
You should be able to harvest your first crop 6 weeks after planting. Harvest while roots are young and tender. Leaving them in the ground can spoil their taste and the root will become tough.