Growing radishes

We've chosen three varieites of radishes for the "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign. These are:

  • Cherry Belle from Seed Co-operative
  • French Breakfast 2 from Seed Co-operative
  • Eiszapfen from Seed Co-operative

In general, sow outdoor March to September in rows 15cm apart. Thin out as necessary. For successional crops sow every 2 to 3 weeks. Ready to harvest after 4 to 6 weeks.

Download the RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes (PDF format).

Cherry Belle

This is described as a round, red radish for spring and summer cultivation, with deliciously crisp flesh. Suitable for early sowing in greenhouse or cold-frame.

French Breakfast 2

This is described as a fast growing radish, scarlet red with pure white tip.


This is described as a fast growing, 10 - 12cm long, cylindrical, white, short-leaved radish.

Sow from mid-February (under fleece) until end August. Depth 1cm, rows 15 - 25 cm apart, thin to 2 - 3 cm between plants. Sow in a greenhouse from January to September.

Harvest May to October.

Related resources

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Excellent book on growing vegetables with sections on techniques, a directory of vegetables, seasonal guide to jobs, and appendices on veg for the hungry gap, successional sowing and more.

How to create a New Vegetable Garden

Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. The book takes you step-by-step through: * Planning and early stages * Clearing the ground * Mulch - what, why, how? * Minimizing digging * Sowing and planting across the seasons * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

Organic Gardening The Natural No-Dig Way

A very helpful book about growing fruit and vegetables organically and without digging.

RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing beetroot.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing French beans, both climbing and dwarf.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Onions

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing onions.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Onions (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing radishes.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing salad leaves, including rocket.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Squash

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing squash.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Squash (PDF format)

Seed sowing techniques

Advice from the Royal Horticultural Society about how to sow seeds

Upcoming events

RFGN at Whitley Fun Day
Sat 7 Jul 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm Rabson's Rec, Northumberland Avenue RG2 8DF

A fun day of food and activities, organised by South Reading Churches.

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds for people to grow for the meal.

Get Growing: Harvesting & seed saving
Sat 14 Jul 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm Erleigh Road Community Garden, St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, East Reading RG1 5LR

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

Seed to Plate - Growing Winter Salads
Sat 11 Aug 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Learn how to keep your garden growing through the winter months and keep the greens on your plate!

Who is the workshop for? This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to harvests crops continually through the seasons.

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to keep your veg plot productive through the colder months. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • Choosing your growing system
  • Planning your sowing schedule & selecting varieties for winter cropping
  • How to sow, grow and harvest for the best results
  • Soil preparation & management – including fertility-building and rotation
  • Propagation media, materials and techniques

You will sow your own salad seedlings to grow on at home.

Autumn Herbal Medicine and Foraging
Sat 8 Sep 2018 10:00am - 5:30pm Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN

The third of our seasonal herbal  days with expert medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs. Foraging in the beautiful and bountiful meadows and woodlands of Braziers Park. Learn how to identify beneficial plants in the early autumn, discover how to connect with instinctive plant wisdom and practice different methods of preparation to make your own healing, herbal remedies for yourself and as special gifts.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Additional meals and accommodation available at Braziers’ 3-tier rate. Cost £75 each day, £200 all 3 days booked together.

Ridgeline Harvest Fete
Sun 16 Sep 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm Ridgeline Therapeutic Garden RG6 7BY


RFGN at Reading Town Meal
Sat 29 Sep 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm Forbury Gardens, Reading

The biggest "picnic in the park" that Reading has ever seen will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 30th September and you are invited to this fantastic celebration of local sustainable food. It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place.

In addition to a free meal, there will be workshops, community stalls, activities, music and more.

We will be there with our seed swap, sharing a gazebo with Abundance and the community apple press.