Those Strange Radishes

jollyrd(Richmond VA)October 30, 2012

I love radishes, so I plant the seeds in the garden every spring, along with arugula and various lettuce mixes. I did the same this 2012 spring, and had a small crop to eat. I was given few tomato plants, and I planted spring squash. But then I stopped gardening at all, for a lack of time to attend it. In August, everything that was left (mostly dead) in the garden beds was pulled out and composted or burned.

End October is here, and I went to the garden to check on the raspberry bushes that are still producing delicious berries, and me and my son love to eat them straight from the bush. Next thing I noticed was a patch of very green and healthy leaves that looked like overgrown arugula. When I came closer - oh my! that was a patch of radishes that germinated and grew from what did not germinate in the spring. The sad part is that they were too large - past prime time for taste. Like I said, I had NO time at all to tend the garden.

Just wanted to share this. I guess I should be happy to find out that the seeds were viable, and germinated good crop even though I did not provide them any care (water, fertilizing, weeding).

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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

Radishes will quickly go to seed in the spring and then these will resow a nice summer or fall crop. It's good to see that nice green matter late in the season.

I have several daikon radish cover crop areas. These will winter kill and leave a nice leaf blanket plus making organic matter, root fiberizing the soil deeply, and carrying nitrogen to the spring crop.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 2:09PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I hope you didn't throw them away. If the radishes are large but not woody you can use them as a cooked vegetable. Lots of recipes if you Google.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 2:38PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Radish leaves are a very good soup ingredient.

Jim

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 2:48PM
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