HOW TO GROW RADISHES?
Radish Mila (Scientific Name: Raphanus sativus) is an early variety, which is very easy to grow for beginners. This grows really fast, ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks. It produces cylindrical shaped red radish roots with small white tips. This radish has pure white flesh, which has mild taste. It is good for making stir-fry, salads, pickles etc.
- The seeds can be sown all year round
- The plant needs full sun for its growth
- The minimum distance between two plants is about 5 cm
- Time taken from sowing seeds to harvesting is about 4-6 weeks.
- The radish seeds can be purchased from any of the local shop that sells agricultural products like Bunnings, Daiso, etc.
- Radish seeds
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- Select a spot which receives atleast 6 hours sunlight in a day.
- Prepare the soil by digging properly and loosen the soil. Add compost or animal manure to add nutrients to the soil.
- Sow the seeds in a row by digging about 6 mm deep with your hand (with gloves). Do not dig too deep.
- Give plenty of space between seeds, about 5 cm to avoid overcrowding of plants in one place.
- Cover with some soil above the seeds.
- Sprinkle some water to keep the area moist
- Water atleast once in a day.
- The seedlings will emerge in 4-12 days
- If the seedlings are overcrowded in one place, carefully remove few from the crowded area and plant them in other area. This gives them enough space for the radish to grow properly.
- The radishes start to form on the root of the plant, and it can be easily seen outside.
- The radishes are ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks time from the time of sowing the seed.
- Radishes can also be grown in small pots, as they are small sized plants, which does not require large area to grow.
- Radishes can be grown together with carrots, beetroot, parsnips and lettuce.as the radish grow quick and make the soil soft for other plants to grow.
- Radishes taste sweet and tender if harvested early. Leaving them in the ground too long makes cracks in the radishes.
- Snails and slugs love to eat radishes and are often found near the plants.
- Caterpillars eat the radish leaves and holes can be seen in the plants
- Aphids also love to eat radish plants, and the leaves are found to be curling.