Radishes are one of the first vegetables that most gardeners try growing as children. But they are rewarding for adults to grow too! Radishes are trouble-free and low-maintenance, and can be sown and harvested in the space of a month.
As well as being easy to grow, radishes are also an excellent source of vitamins, including Vitamin E, A, C, B6 and K, alongside other nutrients and minerals, like antioxidants, zinc, potassium. They are also provide a great source of fibre. Popular varieties include Globe Lucia F1, Cherry Belle and Long Nelson.
Radish require a rich, light and well-drained soil with very low nitrogen levels. They are often used as a catch crop between slower germinating varieties like parsnips and onions. Sow every two weeks for a long supply to jazz up summer salads.
Spot: Sunny or part shade, Soil: Any, Location: Outdoors, container
Sow: February – September, Harvest: April – October
Save seed for sowing next year by leaving a couple of plants in the ground to flower and produce a seed pod. Collect the seed pods while they are still young and green, then dry them indoors before removing the seeds from the pods.