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How to grow rat's tail radishes


Unlike the more familiar radish, which is grown for its roots, the rat's tail radish is harvested for its crunchy pods. The pods 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


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


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


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


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


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


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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