All About Radish Plants
This article examines all you need to know about one of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden: radish plants. These plants are vegetables that fall into the scientific family Brassicaceae. The ease of growth as well as the quick growth rate makes them ideal for anyone who is just getting into the gardening scene; it truly is a great plant. Therefore, it is also ideal for a smaller garden for your children to assist with maintenance and care. Throughout this article we will discuss specifics of growing radish plants as well as the health benefits and uses within your kitchen.
Anyone wishing to plant radishes can rest assured that you can see results less than a month after planting from a seed; this rapid maturity is truly amazing considering it normally takes quite a while to see results if planting from seeds. Furthermore, these plants do not require a lot of space, making them ideal for gardens that are confined to a small area. The plants prefer to be in areas that are relatively cool and therefore do great in the shade, unlike most other vegetables.
To plant, place the seeds in an area you wish them to grow approximately a half-inch deep in the soil. Seeds can be planted as little as two inches from one another. Be sure to properly water the plants by keeping the soil relatively moist at all times during maturation. For best results, you may wish to use a liquid fertilizer approximately once a week on the seeds.
There are multiple types of radish plants that allows for radish growth throughout the year. Although the spring varieties tend to mature in as little as three weeks, it typically takes the winter varieties around seven weeks. Once they ready to eat - signified by a size that is usable - be sure to harvest them. These vegetables are only edible for a short time; soon they become woody tasting and very sponge-like. However, for the spring variety, they are generally harvested once they are a big larger. Since the weather is cool they are able to be outside in the garden a longer amount of time and still be edible.
In terms of storing, it is essential to remove the tops first. Radish plants keep quite well in the refrigerator once you remove their tops. For best results store these crops in a plastic bag for up to seven days; however, winter varieties may be stored for up to two weeks.
One of the main pest issues concerned with planting the radish revolves around moths and caterpillars. On the other hand, radishes actually deter cucumber beetles making them excellent companions for planting cucumbers, melons, carrots, beans, squash, and much more.
In regards to the nutritional value, radishes are high in folic acid, potassium, vitamin B6, fiber, and even calcium (among other things). Better yet, they are very low in calories but are actually quite filling. Even some of the winter varieties contain nutritional values that are very similar to those listed above. These vegetables are typically consumed raw; however, they can also be eaten on sandwiches and in salads, as well as adding a bit of crunch to a variety of other recipes.
In conclusion, radish plants prove to be excellent for areas that have a minimal amount of space for a garden. These plants are easy to care for and produce results quickly (especially during the spring and summer months). It is recommended that these plants be placed in an area of shade with moist, well-drained soil. All in all, this vegetable variety is extremely nutritious and proves to be great for beginner gardeners.