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Soil preparation:
  • Remove weeds and stones
  • You will need bulky organic matter like well-rotted manure, compost, leafmould, composted bark or mushroom compost
  • Dig over the soil to a depth 14 - 18in depth and incorporate the compost
  • If you have light, sandy soil start digging over in spring, this will help to hold the moisture and nutrients
  • If you have clay soil you can start improving it in autumn, this will prevent soil from cracking and create better drainage
  • The radishes can be sown between the rows of slower growing vegetables like potatoes, parsnip, onion, peas. They can be pulled before interfering with the main crop.

Sowing
  • You can start sowing in February in pre warmed soil or from March to mid – August. Sow seeds 0,5in deep and inch apart, rows 6in apart
  • For winter crops sow in July or August 9in apart, this will minimise need for thinning
  • Radishes prefer deep and moist soil

Growing
  • The radishes need to be well watered especially the sowings from July and August
  • You have to be very careful with watering: too much and your crops will produce more leaves than root, too little and the roots will dry out and turn woody

Harvesting
  • They need to be pulled when they are relatively young
  • The winter crops can be left in the ground and dug up when needed or lifted in November and stored