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Growing and Caring for Radishes, Varieties of Radish, Trouble Shooting Radishes, Health Benefits Radishes.

Growing Radishes

How to Grow Radishes

Radishes are popular in salads and as snacks. They are rapidly maturing some varieties go from seed to salad in as little as 3 weeks. They can be used as a marker crop when sown lightly along rows of slower germinating vegetables.

Radish Companion Plants Carrots, Peas, lettuce, chives, onions, leeks, rosemary, sage, bush and pole beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage [2], onions, peppers, melons are all suitable companion plants. Radishes serve as a general aid in repelling many insects and draw aphids, Flea Beetles, and some other pests away from peppers, squash, and cucumbers.

Radish Fails to Form - We grow radishes primarily for their roots, some people also use the greens. When the bulbous subterranean tap root we know as a radish fails to form than obviously there's an issue.

Hydroponic Radishes Radishes are a rapidly maturing cool weather crop. They are among the easiest vegetables to grow - either in soil or hydroponically. There are a few basic practices that should be adhered to and some simple tips to ensure an abundant and continuous flow of radishes.

A Few Different Radish Varieties

Black Radishes (Raphanus sativus niger) are more full flavored, peppery and pungent than most radish varieties, they also tend to be a tad larger. Standard radishes can go from seed to supper in as little as 3 weeks, Black radish takes longer, 2 - 3 times longer.

French Breakfast Radish is an heirloom gourmet radish variety. Some say it is sweeter than standard radishes, some say it tastes the same as standard varieties. In either event it is a prolific and rapidly maturing vegetable that makes attractive eye candy for any salad or even solo.

Watermelon Radish is a mild-flavored heirloom. A winter radish originating in the far east. The Asians refer to these types of Radishes as 'Daikon' ,a mutation of a Japanese word meaning Large Root.

Green Meat Radish has a sweet crisp flesh, not as hot and peppery like many radishes. It has been described as tasting like a green apple, my personal experience would lead me to agree - but without the tartness and not anywhere near as sweet as apples, there is still a whisper of spicy radish that lingers on the palate.

White Radishes. We are accustomed to red peppery tasting radishes but there are less known white radish varieties. Some are long and resemble carrots and parsnips while others resemble the standard red radish in shape. Most have a milder taste than the typical garden variety of Radish.

Sakurajima Radish. The worlds largest radish is the Sakurajima Radish aka shimadekon, giant daikon, Sakurajima island giant radish, or jumbo daikon. Sakurajima Radish is a Japanese heirloom that holds the Guinness World book of records title weighing in at 68 lb 9 oz, although the average Sakurajima Radish weighs between 10 and 13 lbs and about 18 - 20 inches in diameter.

Health Benefits of Radishes

Radishes not only taste good but they are good for you as well. They are not quite a super food such as Goji, Rhubarb, turmeric and a few others, but chomping done on some radishes certainly does a body good. See: Health Benefits of Radishes