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Friday, May 14, 2010

Growing Radishes

We had a yummy salad last night, made with lettuce, swiss chard, and radish from our square foot garden.  I can't believe I'm actually succeeding at growing food!  My girls little fingers planted the radish seeds and it was their little hands that pulled the radishes from the soil last night, so they were pretty excited to eat them. I've never been able to get them to eat radishes, but their curiosity got the best of them and they gobbled them up! (as long as they were drenched in dressing:))
Radishes are not at all hard to grow.  They like cooler temperatures (below 75 degrees), so they were one of the first vegetables we planted.  They can be started 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.  Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep, 2-3 inches apart (I fit 16 in a square foot of my garden.)  They germinate quickly, (3-10 days), and mature quickly (20-40 days.)  They can be grown in containers due to their shallow root systems.  They are super easy, and a great way to start out our gardening season!

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  1. Beautiful salad! Way to go! I bet it tasted better than usual...because you grew it:)

  2. i love knowing that you can grow something you can use!!

  3. Hi you won an award
    love the blog

  4. beautiful radishes!
    great looking tasty salad...

  5. Yeah! Your first harvest! How fun. Isn't it amazing how kids will eat just about anything that they grew. Glad to see your garden is going well.

  6. Hey Amy - seriously great looking radishes. I have told my husband and my dad all about your square foot garden - I'm loving it. And thanks for affirming my hopefully not too grand vision for the baby shower! Hopefully I'll pull off something mildly close. :) Definitely share pics of your sister's shower too - I am excited to try those poms!

  7. You are becoming quite the photographer:) Loved these pictures!

  8. thanks everyone! if i can grow them, anyone can grow them!
    @ Laurie-a photo compliment from you is huge:) I'm trying...I'm quite the wanna-be, but it is fun:P

  9. Aren't they pretty too? We've been enjoying our radishes for about two weeks!

  10. They look yummy!
    Radishes remind me of when I was younger and living with my parents. My dad had a garden and one particular year he was growing radishes. He pulled them out of the ground and layed them next to the garden. Later that afternoon he mowed the lawn, and forgot the radishes were still next to the garden. He ended up mowing and shredding all of the radishes he just pulled up. It was quite funny at the time, but I don't remember seeing any more radishes that season... or ever again.

  11. @ Kate-they are! taking their picture was cake:P)
    @ Sara-oh no! that is funny. thanks for the chuckle, so something I would do!


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