bunch of radish

How To Grow Radish In The Ground Or A Container For A Crop Throughout Summer

Spice up a salad with radish; easy to grow in small spaces

Radishes adds texture and spice to any salad, are easy to grow and you can have a crop all summer from just a few pots outside or on a sunny windowsill. They are also a good way of introducing children to gardening. Just remember to keep them watered, as if they dry out they become hard, woody and inedible.

If you want to grow something a little different try growing mooli, this is a large white root which resembles a parsnip but tastes like a mild radish. As this is a large root it is not suitable for growing in pots unless they are at least 45cm (18”) deep and wide enough to accommodate several roots. It is a component of Asian food, being used either raw in salads or cooked in stir fries.

You will need:

  • rake
  • seed
  • watering can with a fine rose
  • label
  • pot
  • seed compost
  • sieve
  • tray or saucer which holds water to stand the pot in

The variety we have chosen is ‘French Breakfast’ a good reliable variety.

If sowing in the ground make a groove in the soil with the edge of the rake.

Sprinkle the seed thinly down the row.

Rake the soil to cover the seed.

Water in with a fine rose.

If growing in a pot: fill the pot with John Innes Seed compost to within 1cm of the rim.

Sprinkle the seed thinly over the top.

Sprinkle a thin layer of sieved compost over the top.

Stand in a container of water for 15 – 20 minutes until damp.

Remember to always keep damp.

They should be ready to harvest in approximately 4 weeks.

Click the link to read more vegetable related articles: 'When should I plant my potatoes?', 'How to gauge when to harvest your vegetables' and 'What vegetables can I grow in containers and small spaces?'

Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas