Friday, May 14, 2010
Kid's Gardening - Radishes
Radishes are the ultimate kid's gardening veggie, I think.
Except for the fact that they aren't very tasty, they are otherwise a completely satisfying veggie to grow. The seeds are a manageable size (well, a little small, but mine managed.) They grow to harvest in about 21 days. They are tremendous fun to pull out of the ground, whether you're two, seven, or twenty seven. And they come in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes - this year we've planted cherry belle (the normal, round red radish), purple plum, white icicle (which surprised me with their spiciness!) and the French Breakfast radishes pictured above.
We've currently harvested one radish crop (about 40 radishes) and have three more planted. We all tried again this year to like them, but we still don't. So we have some happy neighbors and family members who benefited from the fun we had growing and pulling them.
It should also be pointed out that radishes are easy to fit in just about anywhere in the garden. I interplant them with onions and carrots. By the time the onions or carrots are even starting to really get big, the radishes have been plucked out and eaten, never getting in the way of the other crops' development. I also like that radishes do a good job of marking the rows where the carrots are planted, since carrots take up to three weeks to germinate and radishes rarely take more than a few days.
***This just in: I was reading a post over at the Organic Gardening forum, and learned that radish tops can be transformed into a vischyssoise soup. Radishes are a member of the brassica family and the leaves, apparently, resemble arugula in flavor... Never tried it, so I can't vouch for it personally, but might be worth trying!