This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Monday, December 29, 2008

the year of the radish

I picked Raphanus sativus, the lowly radish, as my best crop of 2008. And I made a Year of the Radish award button to add to my sidebar. Congratulations to the Radish!!!

Microsoft PowerPoint - Presentation1 the big one
radish bunch martini with the first radish of the season
radish harvest harvest

Radish: Well, this has to be my crop of the year. Mainly because I have tried and tried to grow radish for many many years. I'd get plants with skinny little roots, lots of root worms. Not this year. I had radish all season long. Big ones and little ones, red ones and whites and pink ones. It was ones of my first and my last crops. I still have a dozen in my fridge - the only vegetable left from my garden. I think the difference this year was growing them in the full sunlight of my new community garden plot. I have to conclude that radish need more sun than my side yard has. Too bad there's not much you can do with radish - but I still think they are great in a martini! Next year I am looking forward to more Easter egg radish and trying some French breakfast and Misato rose radish.

radish (Raphanus sativus)



Blogger Blossom said...

I tried radishes for the first time this year and had the same troubles you did for awhile. I'll have to try more sun and see if it makes a difference!


December 29, 2008 2:31 PM

Blogger Daphne said...

This was my year of the lettuce. I had the most beautiful lettuce. Well until mid July anyway. I could have called it the year of the zucchini, but isn't every year zucchini heaven?

December 29, 2008 7:46 PM

Blogger jms said...

I had one beautiful, globular, red radish, worthy of a veggie centerfold--and the rest were pathetic woody little things, not even fit for pests. A fall planting fared no better. Poor sunlight could be the culprit, thanks for the tip and congrats on your crop!

December 29, 2008 9:11 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Its tough to get lettuce all summer. I'm going to try for that again this year.

Same with me on the zucchini. It didn't seem fair to say the summer squash was the winner. They are always prolific. Although, mine had much less trouble with stem borers this year, which was really nice.

Sorry to hear about your pathetic radish jms. But, I sure have been there myself...

December 29, 2008 10:06 PM


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