The Year of the Radish

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.

A little carrot plant grows in the shelter of the radishes.

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.

Farmer Jack and his Radish

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…




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