I would like to begin this blog by mentioning that my oldest started 6th grade this year.  I can't believe that my little man is officially beginning his 1/2 way mark year of school.  How is it that our children grow so fast?

Anyway, I ordered from Seed Savers Exchange several types of heirloom seeds.  Some of which is a variety of radishes.  The instructions indicated that for seed saving, the varieties must be a 1/2 mile apart to preserve purity.  Um, my rows are 12" apart and my yard is a far cry from being a 1/2 mile long.  Only in my dreams.

I can't wait to try the radishes and experience the flavor of each.  I am thinking that I will allow only one variety to go to seed each year.  Just rotate to prevent crossing.

I have also read that the radishes can be wintered in the ground, similar to carrots.  Does anyone have experience with this?
7 Responses
  1. meemsnyc Says:

    I love all the different kinds of radishes you are growing. I've never seen white or purple ones before.We got french breakfast too. We are growing some for the fall crops. Funny thing is, I hate radishes. Only the hubs eats them.

  2. Meems that is so funny. We really do not eat a lot of radishes but it is fun to watch them grow!

  3. Rachel Says:

    What you could do is plant one type let some of them bolt and right when they bolt plant the next type, etc. That way they won't cross pollinate!

  4. Rachel thank you. I have no idea why that didn't cross my mind when I planted the tree rows. Next time. Thank you again for the solution!

  5. Laura Says:

    I love all the varieties and colours! Cool! I want to grow them!Funny thing, I also not much of a fan of Radish's. Is it bad that I want to grow it for the cool colours? Oh well, maybe I'll learn to love them!

  6. If you try over wintering the radishes in the ground let me now how it works. I've overwintered carrots and potatoes in the ground.

  7. Melanie, I will try a few. I have never wintered potatoes and didn't know you could. I might have to give that a try.

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