There's a definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over,
expecting a different result.
I guess that applies to me. For years, I have planted radishes -- in various
times, in various depths, in various locations. I follow the directions on
the packet to the Nth degree. No matter where or when I plant, I only get
spindly stems -- never a radish.
As I recall, kids in the fifth grade plant radish seed as their science
project, and often are successful.
Am I doing something wrong, or am I just crazy?
Radish needs to grow quickly but not too quickly or the roots will
crack, Radish likes *cold wet* weather, and full sun. Once the
ground becomes too warm and dry radish grows too slowly so produces
spindly woody roots... same with insufficient sun. Also the growing
medium needs to be light and loamy. Radish seed once planted can
easily sustain periods of hard frost before germination, and in fact
will benefit... so sow radish earlier than all other veggies, and with
sucession sowings about a week apart.... same in reverse come fall.
Don't give up if you get good radish greens. They can be cooked
just like turnip greens, and can make a nice slad when eaten raw
with a little dressing.
Furthermore, if you get some whole radishes, they can be cooked
and are very much like those little potatoes you get in restaurants.
Put them in boiling water for 8-10 minutes, and they change character
completely --- the "hotness" disappears, and the texture is that of
a boiled potato. I cook the greens and the radishes together, after
chopping the greens.
I like radishes because, around here, I can get 5 packs of seeds
a dollar, and they grow in 3-4 weeks. Sandy soild is very good for
them. This is North Texas .
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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