Growing your own vegetables is a hobby that many people enjoy. The only question is what will you plant? If you want to grow something a little different, then try planting some radishes.
How is Growing a Radish Different?
Radishes are different from many crops because they grow in the ground. Radishes are basically just vegetables with big juicy roots. They will sprout leaves like your other garden plants, but the part of the radish that you eat will grow in the soil.
Soil Type -
Radishes thrive in most types of soil; however, sandy soils seem to work best. Be sure that you break up your soil with a till or a similar tool. This makes it easier for the root of the radish to penetrate the soil, and it also helps with water drainage.
Temperature and Sun -
Radishes require rather warm temperatures (low eighties to mid-nineties) in order to produce healthy plants. If it freezes, then your radishes could die. Generally, you should plant your radishes in the latter part of March through early July. As for the sun, radishes prefer full sun rather than shade.
Radishes usually have small seeds. To plant your radish seeds, simply use your fingers to create an indentation in the soil. How deep you plant your radish seeds will depend on the type of radish that you're attempting to grow.
If it's large radishes, then you should dig out a trench with your fingers that's about five centimeters deep. For smaller radishes, make your trench around two centimeters in depth.
After you've decided how deep you want to plant your radishes, simply sprinkle your radish seeds into the trench that you have created. When your radishes start to produce green stalks, then you'll need to start pruning them. The radishes that you don't prune will then have more space to grow and develop into mature plants.
Even though your radish is growing under the earth for the most part, you should still attempt to keep it as pest free as possible. Ants and other insects can still eat away at the green leaves that the radish produces. Without these leaves, your radishes might die. Also, over watering your radishes could cause the roots to rot. And gophers would love to eat the roots of your radishes as well.
So be sure to keep some pesticides handy for the insects. If you're really worried about gophers, then you can just grow your radishes in a pot. Simply make sure that your pot is at least six inches deep. As for the watering, you'll just have to be more careful. If the soil is still damp from your last watering, then don't water.
Radishes can be a fun and unique type of vegetable to grow. Just make sure that you understand the basics and then plant away.