Is this radish?
We are just starting on a real adventure... nothing special, just about growing radishes. Seven seedlings are set on the vegetable bed. The vegetable bed was previously occupied by roselles which had given us lovely juice and jam. Now I am about to do serial post on Radish. It must be a real exploratory adventure, for something we never tried.... The stem is light red in colour ... and that is the signature of Radishes! It is going to be fun, waiting for the big red tuber to develop... We plan to germinate seeds at two week interval, to prolong the fun and adventure until we run out of seeds given by Gittan from Sweden. I always make sure there will be seeds saved by allowing radishes to go the whole cycle.
The word 'radish' is derived from the Saxon, rude, rudo, or reod (ruddy), or from the Sanskrit rudhira, meaning blood, referring to the bright red colour of the vegetable.
Originally from China, radishes reached Mediterranean areas even before Greek times. They are a staple food in Japan and China, where they are often pickled in brine, preserving them for long periods of time.
Radishes like sun, but at the same time like cool conditions. If they are grown in full sun during the summer, they will run to seed or bolt very quickly. For this reason they are ideally suited to as a growing companion to other vegetables such as peas or beans.
The variety to the left is 'Champion'. Very easy to grow, it produces medium-sized ruby-red radishes which are both crunchy and tangy. An excellent choice.
In spring and late autumn when radishes need the sun most, the peas or beans will be short or have been cut down, whereas in the hotter summer months, they will provide welcome shade for your radishes. There is no need to restrict them to being vegetable companions - they will grow equally well amongst deciduous shrubs (such as roses) and annuals (such as sweet peas).
Radish are very well suited to growing in containers. They can be sown between other crops which will protect them from the harsh summer sun. They will prefer a loam based compost such as John Innes. Just make sure they are kept well-watered in dry conditions and they will be fine. Click for more info. How to sow Radish Seed