Runty Radishes

Runty Radishes
Runty Radishes

Planted about a month ago, these French Breakfast radishes survived squirrel rape and pillage (which surely stunted the poor buggers as they had to be more or less transplanted entirely), a below-freezing snap, and a near-90 degree weekend.

Ah, Philly spring.

Radish Up

The harvest has begun and I couldn’t be happier. I planted wee radish seeds at the beginning of April (I wished I’d done it far earlier – like in February) and already we’re enjoying crisp, peppery veggies on freshly picked lettuce. For some strange reason my husband and I always thought we hated the little red guys. Turns out they’re pretty awesome.

(Not to mention, the easiest vegetable I’ve ever raised.)

If your growing space is limited, radishes provide a terrific early rotational crop. I scammed about 50 seeds off my mother for this year’s experiment and they all germinated within days and are producing small (think atomic fireballs) crisp veggies. I planted them about an inch and a half apart in the shallow planters that will be filled with lettuce and heirloom carrots now that the radishes have had their day.

These guys like the cold so I’ll probably plant them again in October, after everything has been pulled for the winter. Philly’s in zone 7-8 and enjoys fairly mild winters — as compared to Michigan, at least — so I may have found a year-round crop.

Next year I’ll even buy my own. I’m thinking French Breakfast?