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Radishes grow quickly and are a great addition to summer salads. Although they grow easily, they can benefit from some insider knowledge. Radishes can become woody or pithy and fall prey to insects. Here are five tips to help you grow great radishes in your garden.
1. Radishes can be started early. They tolerate the cold well and can be started 4-6 weeks prior to the last frost. They also tolerate many different types of soil. They have small roots so they can be grown in shallow containers and planted repeatedly.
2. Use fine soil. Radish seeds and sprouts are tiny and do not grow well in soil that has not been broken up properly. While any type of soil works for growing radishes, keep it loose and fine. Doing so will make picking easier as well.
3. Radishes can be spaced quite closely. They grow rapidly and do not require a lot of space. Plant seeds about two to three inches apart. As you harvest, radishes, plant more seeds, since they grow rapidly. It’s possible to get several crops of radishes per year.
4. Turn down the heat. Radishes do not like hot weather. They do need about six hours of sunlight a day. Filtered sunlight is best. You can use netting to accomplish this. Simply stretch it over or across the area where radishes are planted.
5. Use salty slug control. Nothing likes radishes more than slugs and other ground bugs. Keeping them away from radishes is essential. Another method is to encircle your radish bed with rock salt.