How To Grow Radishes And Their Benefits

Radishes are easy to grow, they are fast-growing, and don’t consume a lot of space, perfect for any size gardens. They are ready for harvest in about four weeks after planting from seed. Radishes taste more organic, fresh, and delicious when picked from your garden, and go best in a refreshing greens salad. radishes can be grown in pots/containers, raised beds, in the ground, and even in hanging bags/baskets. In this article, we will share, how to grow radishes, the nutrients, and the health benefits gained from eating them.

There are many varieties of radish, colours ranging from yellow and purple to black and white, shapes, and sizes. Here are some recommended varieties: ‘French Breakfast’, ‘Cherry Belle’, ‘Daikon White’, ‘Zlata’, and ‘Malaga Violet’.

How To Grow Radishes

Sow anytime from February through to August. If you want a stable supply of radishes, sow every 2 weeks. By doing this you can have fresh, organic radishes throughout almost the whole year. Sow radish seed 1cm deep, and 5-10cm apart, in slightly acidic, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5-6.8. Remove any rock or lumps as this can cause roots to grow malformed. If growing in container/pot, or bag, make sure the soil is a least 15cm deep.

Grow radish in full sun, although they will tolerate some shade. Water regularly, try to keep the soil moist not wet or water clogged at all times. Even, regular watering will result in faster growth. Fertilsers are optional, but if you want the best results, use an all-purpose fertiliser(10-10-10). Radishes will be ready for harvest in about 4 weeks.

Nutrients and health benefits

Radishes are rich in nutrients, they contain vitamins- C, K, B-6, B-9, B-2, and B-3. Minerals- Potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, copper, manganese, and sodium.

Radishes also have some anti-cancer properties, helps support a healthy digestive system, improve immunity, and are metaboplism friendly. In addition, radishes contain antifungal properties, and helps control blood pressure.

How To Add Radishes To Your Diet

Radishes can be eaten in many ways, you can eat them raw, pickle them, roast, grill them, thow them into salads, sandwhiches, tacos, rolls. Add to chicken, steak, beef, lamb, pork, soup, etc. Just be a little creative, and try some new things.