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Growing Radishes in The ACT

Introducing Radishes

Quick and easy to grow. These sharp tasting little root-veggies are perfect for a first-time gardener or a fun crop to grow with the kids. There are a range of varieties available, so choose your favourite, or try a few.

Classic Mistakes

Don’t let the soil become too dry. If the soil dries out, radishes may go to seed before you have a chance to harvest them.

Sunlight

Grow in: Full Sun

Soil Preparation

Radishes like rich, well-draining soil. Add some compost and to your soil before you plant.

Sowing Seed

Sow seed: September-February
Sowing depth: 6 mm

Sprinkle the seeds over your soil and cover lightly with soil or compost and water well. Sow seed every 2 weeks for an almost constant supply of radishes.

Planting

Avoid planting seedlings.

Like other root crops, radishes are best planted from seed. They don’t like to have their roots disturbed.

Care

Once your seedlings are up, thin them out according to the instructions on the seed packaging.

Watering

The soil should be moist and well-drained. Water your radishes regularly, but don’t let them sit in wet soil.

Feeding

Don’t overfeed your radishes, too much nitrogen will result in beautiful leaves and underdeveloped roots. They grow so quickly that feeding may not be necessary, but if you do feed them, be sure to use a low nitrogen feed.

Mulching

Radishes will appreciate a good organic mulch to keep the weeds out and the soil moist. Good options are shredded leaves, grass-clippings or straw.

Harvesting

Harvest: 4 to 7 Weeks After Planting

Simply pull your radishes from the soil. Try to harvest them while they’re still young. If they stay in the ground for too long, they start to become hard.

What to Plant Now

What to do about Snails and slugs?

Lay down grit, like eggshells or silica sands or create barriers around your plants. Remove any snails that you see.

What to do about Caterpillars?

If you see the eggs or caterpillars appear on the plants, remove them by hand. Spraying with soap spray will also be helpful.
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