radish vegetable

Radishes are fast, but healthy food! They grow really quickly and can be ready to pick in just 4 to 8 weeks. Their colourful, round, red balls are crisp and crunchy and ideal for slicing thinly into salads or making into fun edible critters. Give them a ‘grow’!


How to grow radishes in a garden

  1. Find a sunny spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day.
  2. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds 6mm deep, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  3. While the seedlings are growing, choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by loosening the soil and digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. You can also sow direct into the prepared beds. 
  4. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.  Allow seedlings to grow to about 3-4cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, thin out weak plants and ensure seedlings are well spaced (check label for specifications). Mulch with an organic mulch, such as sugar cane or pea straw and water in well.
  6. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  7. Harvest while roots are young and tender. Leaving them in the ground can spoil their taste. 
  8. Make successive sowings every few weeks to extend the harvest window.

     


How to grow radishes in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep. Position in full sun. 
  2. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds 6mm deep, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.  Allow seedlings to grow to about 3-4cm before transplanting.
  4. Once seedlings reach 3-4cm tall, fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Transplant seedling into pot and water in well with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  5. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  6. Harvest while roots and young and tender. Leaving them in the ground can spoil their taste. Make successive sowings every few weeks to extend the harvest window.

Yates varieties


Growing Tips

  • Radishes are great to sow with carrots. The radish seeds germinate first and help make the soil softer for carrots. Radishes are quick growing, so you can start picking the radishes while you wait for the carrots to grow.
  • You can pick a few of the radish leaves for salads before the round red roots are ready.
  • Radishes can be picked when they’re quite small up to when they are a few centimetres across. The earlier they are picked, the more sweet and tender they are, so don’t leave them in the ground for too long.

Angie's Seasonal Gardening Tips

Add some colourful crispness into your meals with some radishes! Yates® ‘Confetti Mix’ Radish seed will grow a blend of plump globes of purple, white and red radishes with crisp white flesh. Ideal for adding vibrant pizzazz to salads and making your own pickles and Indian raita.

They’re super quick to grow and will be ready to harvest from just 4 weeks after sowing. They can be grown in both a vegie patch or in pots, so even the tiniest balcony gardens can include home grown radishes.

Being such rapid growers and having a shallow root system, radishes are ideal to grow between rows of longer term vegetables such as tomatoes and lettuce. They make great use of the space in the vegie patch and from the one area you’ll have something to harvest soon and something for later. 


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