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Fruit and Vegetable Gardening A-Z: Radishes

A Guide to Gardening, Growing, and Harvesting Edibles
  -- By Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributor
Radishes are one of the perfect vegetables for novice gardeners, including children, to grow—they are that easy! They range in color from deep scarlet to bright fuchsia and have many culinary possibilities: sliced into salads, eaten as finger foods, or cooked into soups. Radishes grow quickly and have high yields, so gauge your needs before sowing, as you don’t want to end up with more radishes than you need.

Hardiness Zones:
5-10 (Find your hardiness zone.)

When to Plant:
Plant seeds outdoors between late winter and early spring. Do successive plantings every few weeks to extend your harvest.

Conditions:
Incorporate compost into the top 6 inches of the soil before planting seeds. Radishes do best in slightly crumbly soil.

Space Needed:
Thin seedlings to 2 inches apart in rows 6 inches apart.

Maintenance:
Weed carefully so as to not disturb delicate root structures.

When to Harvest:
Radishes can be ready in as little as 21 days. Their taste improves with a light frost, but you can begin picking them when they are a useable size. Do not let them grow too long or they become woody.

Average Yield:
One packet of seeds can generate hundreds of radishes.

Continuous Yield:
No

Life Cycle:
Annual

Difficulty Rating (1-5):
1