Radishes are often thought of as being very easy to grow, but some gardeners are a little hesitant to grow any sort of root vegetable. But if you would like to start learning about growing root vegetables, radishes are the perfect first step! Many varieties of radishes are quite small and mature quickly, in as little as three weeks. And they can easily be grown in containers, for those of you that have limited garden space or simply enjoy using containers.
Radishes are best grown in the spring or fall. They prefer cooler temperatures. They can be sown in early spring, even before your last frost date. To grow your radishes, you must first get a suitable container. Window boxes work very well. In the photos below we are using an earth box, which is 29 in long by 14 in wide by 11 in high. We were able to grow 55-60 cherry belle radishes in there. You want to aim for a depth of about 4-6 inches for the container. Make sure the soil you use is loose and drains well. Potting soil works well. Place your container in an area that gets 6+ hours of full sun per day and keep the soil evenly moist. Although radishes are best grown in cooler weather, they can also be grown in the summer. Try to keep your containers in a cooler area and limit the amount of sun they receive to 6-8 hours.
Here are some containers that are suitable for growing radishes. We used the large earth box, but you can use much smaller containers very successfully! Click the photos for more information.
Do you like to grow radishes? What is your favorite variety or way to prepare them? Share in the comments!