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Growing radishes with kids

Quick & easy to grow, radishes are delicious in salads, but you can roast them too. It only takes 3-4 from seed to plate, and if you sow radishes every two weeks, you can enjoy this crunch vegetable all summer.

What you'll need:

  • • Radish seeds
  • • Container
  • • Multi-purpose compost
  • • Watering can.

Step 1: Prepare the ground

hand preparing soil trenches for planting radishesPrepare your trenches for seeds
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  • • Fill a large container or window box with compost.
  • • Or, if you want to grow your radishes in the ground - rake the soil first.
  • • Make a shallow trench (1cm deep) to plant your seeds in. Use a trowel or your finger.
  • • For more than one row, space your trenches 15cm apart.

Step 2: Sow your radishes

closeup of hand thinning radish leaves outradishes do well in containers
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  • • Sow summer varieties March to mid-August and winter varieties in July or August.
  • • Sow your seeds one at a time, 1cm deep.
  • • For summer varieties, sow them 2.5cm apart. For winter varieties, 23cm apart.
  • • Cover with soil and gently water.
  • • Your seeds will start growing in about a week.

Step 3: Look after your radishes

radishes ready to harvestReady to harvest!
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  • • Water your radishes regularly - keep the soil moist.
  • • Thin them out once they're big enough to handle, so they have room to grow.
  • • Keep summer varieties 2.5cm apart, and winter varieties 15cm apart.
  • • Your radishes will be ready to harvest in 3-4 weeks. They taste best when young!

Popular radish varieties:

There's plenty more information in the downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more radish facts!

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