Who knew radish plants could look like that? I didn’t. I doubt that I’m supposed to let the plants bolt, but they’re just so pretty….Radishes are a first for our garden so this is my year to learn about them.
I decided to plant radishes because I had read that they are good for marking the rows of carrots and parsnips which are slow to germinate and grow. (Parsnips are a first for us too, and I’m really not sure how they are doing.) When our seed order arrived this spring, there was a sample packet of “Purple Sparkler” radishes. I thought I’d give them a try.
Now, when I read about “marking the rows” with radishes, I don’t think that meant to let the radishes dominate your little four by four foot garden. Like I said, I’m learning.
The carrots seem to be doing fine. I might even have some parsnips hiding in there too. And we are harvesting the radishes. Jack was the first to make a harvest from one of his two big pots that he is cultivating on the driveway.
After his successful harvest, Jack declared that he is going to be a farmer when he grows up.
That radish was followed by many more from my garden. What to do with them all? Using them at the rate of one-per-salad would require the eating of many, many salads. I do try to eat salad for lunch frequently, but I can’t make myself do that all the time. If salads are your thing, you might want to check out the new e-books here and here. As for the Dukes, we like our radishes cooked. Stay tuned. I’ll be posting the recipe soon…