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Saturday, March 24, 2012

RADISHES (Raphanus sativus) 'Cherry Belle'


I love planting one of vegetable gardening's quickest selections, Radishes. 

I planted 'Cherry Belle' Radishes on 03/11/12.  I planted them in the small raised bed my husband just made for me.  Germination took only 4 days!



This picture of tiny seedlings was taken on 03/15/12. 








I took this picture today, 03/24/12.  Wow look how well they are coming along. 

This particular radish is ready in just 22 days!

Radishes are a great plant if you want to feel the thrill of victory in planting from seed in a very short period of time!  They also grow very well in any kind of container. 

They are also considered a garden hero because they will draw aphids and flea beetles from peppers; protect cucumbers, squash, and melons from cucumber beetles; and rout two-spotted spider mites from tomoato plants.  They can be planted amongst the above plants to stand guard duty!

What a versatile plant.  I would love to hear of any other great stories about radishes, ideas for planting, or great tips for growing these awesome veggies!

Happy Spring!
Mindy

8 comments:

  1. Mindy I love radishes too and planted them early. I covered mine so I have not been out to look yet and the weather is turning to a hard freeze so hopefully the row covers will keep them warm. I did not know they drew bugs from other plants. I do know they can be left to go to seed and then they will grow in abundance in fall. My growing season is short so I don't plant them again until late summer with mixed results which is why I will let some go to seed. I also know they don't like to be planted with Brussel sprouts or cabbages...

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    1. Wow, I didn't knwo they could be left to go to seed and grow in abundance in the fall! I also didn't know that they don't like to be planted with Brussel Sprouts or cabbages! Very interesting!
      Thanks so much for sharing more information!
      Happy Gardening!
      Mindy

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  2. My grandma had a dog who loved radishes. The dog would run to the fridge and begin to wiggle and bark as soon as she opened the door. I'm not a big radish fan although I think they're cute! I love how fast they grow. :o) Thanks for your kind comment on my post.

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    1. What a cute story! I can't imagine a dog loving radishes, I bet she didn't let him to close to her garden!! Happy Gardening! Mindy

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  3. Tiffany @ No Ordinary HomesteadMarch 26, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Radishes are such fun to plant and eat. I see now this is something about radish I was not aware of. I will have more rows of it soon ;). Thanks for sharing! I actually host a weekly gardening link up every Friday on my blog. I'd love for you to drop by and join in.

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    1. I will definitely check your site out, along with your weekly gardening link up! Thanks for checking my blog out, I look forward to visiting yours!

      Happy Gardening!
      Mindy

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  4. Thank you so much for stopping in today! It is always a pleasure to find a new gardener. I have enjoyed reading your blog so fare and look forward to reading more as time goes on. I look forward to future posts by you and learning from you! Happy Gardening!

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    1. I enjoy visiting other gardeners' blogs so much! I have learned such an abundance of information! I do look foward to following your blog in the future as well. Happy Gardening!
      Mindy

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