Radishes are one of the easiest and quickest salad vegetables to grow. Not only that, they taste much better than shop bought ones.
First let's make sure we all know what radishes are.
They are those small round red, pink or white, slightly peppery tasting salad vegetables. Good radishes are firm and crunchy to bite into. If you have only eaten radishes bought from a supermarket this description may amaze you. Those ones pale by comparison to home grown radishes.
Well let's get started
As with most vegetables radishes have quite a few different varieties. What all radishes have in common though is that they are all quick and easy to grow. You do not need a large garden as they can be grown from seed in trugs, troughs, planters and the like.
You can buy a packet of radish seeds fairly cheaply from garden centres or supermarkets. As a rough amount a packet of seeds containing 500 seeds will cost you about 45p. We opted for a packet of seeds from Asda (UK) for £1 that contained lettuce, spring onion and two different varieties of radish seeds.
You can grow vegetables such as radishes even if you do not have a garden; they do not require a massive amount of space. Plastic round trugs which retail from between £2 to £8 are perfect for the job in hand. Remember to drill a couple of drainage holes in the bottom though before planting.
Radishes grow so easily that a basic multi-purpose compost will be fine. Buy a huge bag as it works out cheaper.
Radishes will thrive in a sunny spot. Summer in the UK can be a hit and miss affair so choose an area that has the most sunlight. Ensure though that they will not get too much sunshine on a daily basis. Radishes might like sunshine but they do not want to get too hot.
Ideally plant in rows at a depth of around 1/2 an inch. Cover with soil or compost. Aim to leave a space between each seed. Some radish seeds are a fair size and so this is easy to do with these seeds.
Take care not to disturb any surrounding radishes that are not yet ready to harvest. Gently put your hand around the radish under the soil or compost. You will be able to assess if the radish is large and mature. If it is gently pull it up. Snap the top leaves and bottom root off for washing and eating. Throw the discarded leaves and roots into your composter.
As radishes are so easy and quick to grow they are perfect for beginners and children to grow.