Radish ’18 Day’ - Seed
Delicious spicy radish!
Radish seed needs no prior treatment - the seed is ready to use. Try sowing a row every 2 or 3 weeks and you will always have fresh radishes to hand.Sowing
In the garden, March through August.
There are 2 ways of sowing your seeds:
- Sowing in the garden, preferably choose a sunny spot, March through to August (from February if using a cold frame). It's a good idea to sow (half) a row every couple of weeks to give you a harvest almost throughout the year. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm. Draw a furrow 1 cm deep and label the row. Sow along the row as thinly as possible between thumb and forefinger (mix the seed with dry sand). Cover with 0.5 cm soil, press carefully down and sprinkle with water. Extra rows, 20 cm apart.
- Sow in the cold-frame from mid-January into good seeding compost. Mix the seed with dry sand and sow evenly over the soil. Cover to a max. of 0.5 cm soil. Press lightly down and sprinkle with water.
These radishes grow lovely globes which are red on the outside and white, juicy and crispy on the inside. Colours vary depending on variety and range from purple through pink to white and even yellow.
There are early radishes and late radishes - earlies are the most popular and the 18 day radish (Raphanus sativus) is an early.
Radishes will keep for up to a week in the fridge with its leaf still on - less if you cut the greens off.
Great in salads or eaten in the hand. Rinse off, bite!
Your pet rabbit will thank you for the leaves but we can eat them too in salads or sandwiches! The greens make a great addition to any vegetable soup too.
Does not require additional fertiliser to improve the quality of your radishes. Water extra during dry periods and keep the bed free of weeds. This will promote good healthy growth.Harvesting
Harvest, April to September.
Always harvest the biggest radishes, allowing the smaller ones to keep growing. Carefully pull up individuals, or use a small trowel to loosen the soil around each one. Radishes are ready to pick early in the season.