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Radishes sprout up quickly and require little care. Whether in the bed or in a plant box - radishes can be sown and planted anywhere. They need a humus rich and water-permeable soil for vigorous growth. It must not be wet, but should be kept constantly moist. Large differences in moisture levels make radishes furry or burst.
Improving the soil before planting can be done with compost and a little sand. This means that the ground is well prepared. For those who eat poorly like radishes, less is more. Too much nitrogen or fresh manure in the soil turns the tubers black and attracts pests and mice.
If you want to grow radishes between other vegetables you should choose compatible neighbors such as lettuce, tomatoes, carrots or beans. Melons and cucumbers are less suitable.
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Temperatures of 5 ° degrees or more allow the radishes to sprout. Sowing under foil is possible as early as February. They thrive outdoors from March to September. Depending on the season, there are special types of radish. The varieties are used in spring.
- Neckar pearl
- Giant butter
These variants are recommended for summer and autumn cultivation.
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Radishes need space. You shouldn't sow them too close together. Otherwise only leaves will grow, but no tubers. A row spacing of 10 centimeters and about 4 centimeters between the seeds have proven themselves in practice.
Do you always want freshly harvested radishes? Then it is advisable to replant them once or twice a month. They develop quickly and mature within four to six weeks. This is how you bring freshly harvested radishes to the table again and again.
Harvest radishes in good time
If you want to enjoy tender, crunchy radishes, you have to harvest them in good time. If they are only grown when they bloom, wood cells form in the tuber and they taste typically woody. This can be avoided by harvesting individual radishes after four weeks and trying them. Whether small or large radishes are more delicious is a matter of taste. In general, however, the bigger and older, the woodier.
Radishes are healthy and activate the immune system. They are high in vitamin C, iron and magnesium. The mustard oils contained provide the spicy taste and have an antibacterial effect.
Tips & Tricks
It is worth planting rarer varieties of radish. In this way you can add variety to the menu and surprise you with new taste highlights compared to the usual supermarket radishes. Different types, in white, purple and even black, are available.