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How to grow rat's tail radishes

Overview

Unlike the more familiar radish, which is grown for it's roots, the rat's tail radish is harvested for it's crunchy pods. They resemble chillies, but taste like a young rooted radish. Rat's tail radishes are quick to mature - you can expect to harvest your crop within six weeks.


How to do it

Growing radishes: making sowing channel

1

Rake an area level to remove stones and weeds. Using a wooden guide make sowing channels 1cm deep.


Growing radishes: sowing radish seeds

Sow radish seeds 2-4cm apart, cover with a thin layer of soil. Sow from March to August for regular pickings.

Growing radishes: watering

Water well to help germination – lots of moisture is needed by this fast-growing crop, which should appear in 2-3 days.

Growing radishes: thinning out radish seedlings

Thin out emerging seedlings to leave plants about 2-4cm apart. Then water to settle soil around remaining roots.

Growing radishes: radish flowers

Allow flower stems to form. The small, pretty blooms attract aphid-eating hoverflies and other beneficial insects.

Growing radishes: rat tailed radish seed pods

Pods should be picked while small and tender. You can collect seeds for next year’s crops once the pods dry out.



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