Radishes could be the easiest veggies to grow, nearly as easy as the beans grade-schoolers are always growing in glasses of water. For one, the seeds are also big enough to handle, unlike carrot and lettuce seeds. Kids like ‘em ‘cause the plants pop up within about a week and, even better, you have radishes that are ready to eat in less than a month days. Maybe best of all, you can plant and even harvest radishes while tender garden plants like tomatoes are still afraid to go outdoors. They’re fun for kids to plant and fun for adults too!
Hirt’s Botanical Interests Cherry Belle Radishes are certified organic: they aren’t treated with antifungals or pesticides. This radish variety grows the classic variety; small, bright red spheres with crisp white flesh. Cherry Belles are mild, though they occasionally get a little bite if you allow them to mature for an extra week or two.
You can plant radishes from about a month before average last frost date up to slightly before the average first frost date. In the warmest climates, they can planted throughout the winter months, although they don’t grow well in mid-summer.
Once the seedlings are established, the planting directions tell you to thin them to about two inches apart– you can snip off the greens with garden scissors and add them to a salad for extra tang. I plant two or three feet of seeds at a time, and plant another length a week later. That way the plants mature in stages instead of all at once, which would be wasteful since you can’t preserve radishes. It’s tough to tell, but I believe I get almost 100% germination from my plantings.
A handful of sliced Cherry Belle Radish adds crunch and some spice to salads, or you can eat them alone. We often add them to posole, and have found them in Sonoran-Mexican dishes, especially burritos and quesadillas. Radishes are mildly anti-inflammatory; fat-free; and rich in Vitamin C, folate, B-vitamins and iron. In short, they’re good for you!