Gardening Tips and Highlights

Starting Radishes from Seed

Pity the store-bought radish in winter. Often large, woody, cracked, it tastes like it could be made of bitter plywood. Not to worry. You can have fresh-tasting radishes if you grow your own this spring.

Radishes are cool-season root vegetables. Seeds can be sown as the ground is workable. Radish seeds begin to germinate once the soil reaches about 52 degrees, and can be grown in the ground, in containers or even in a shallow window box. Best of all, many are ready to harvest in as little as 21 days.

Looking through my 2018 seed catalogs, I found more than 40 radish varieties in an assortment of colors and shapes.

When choosing radishes, I like to think about how I’m going to use them and how they’ll look in a dish. Many are round but others taper like carrots. There are plenty of red radishes, but you’ll also find varieties that are white, deep purple, magenta, near-black, green and even pink.

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