It’s funny how growing your own fruit and vegetables changes your whole entire outlook on food. Not only do I appreciate food more and admire the farmers that take the time and patience to grow it but I’m also more inclined to try new things. Maybe it’s because I know where it’s coming from and maybe it’s because I’ve taken the time and effort to grow a tiny seed into a fully grown plant, but since owning my allotment I’m eating more and more vegetables. Take me back 10 years and I wouldn’t have touched broccoli or sweetcorn but now I can’t get enough of them! Radishes are one of my most recent loves after trying them for the first time last year whilst I was away in Wales. I tucked into a plate of ham, cheese and sliced radishes and I instantly knew that I just had to grow them on plot 15c.
That’s where the radish tank came in… I lack space on my tiny allotment but there was a spare area at the end of my pathway that would fit a planter perfectly. This way I can continue to grow radishes in succession throughout the growing year by sowing a row of radish seeds a week or so apart. The tank fits 3 rows in and worked brilliantly last year, providing me with three different varieties which were all equally delicious.
Ideally I wanted to sow some seeds last month and use a cloche to cover the tank but life has been a tad hectic and I never got round to it. So last weekend I sat in my shed gathering some seeds from the pods I saved last year, I went through so many radish seeds last year it only seemed right to let one flower! I can’t seem to remember what variety out of the three they are but time will soon tell. I’m also trying a few different varieties this year and I’ll admit I only chose them so they would match my shed! This year I’ll be growing: French Breakfast 3, Scarlet Globe, Sparkler, Viola and Bacchus.
Of course you don’t need a deep planter like mine to grow radishes, in fact you can simply grow them in between rows of seedlings because they are such a quick crop. Best eaten young, radishes are usually ready to harvest after 4 weeks and are very easy to grow because they tolerate most soil types. Do it right and you’ll have radishes growing out of your ears all year long!