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.

Eiszapfen

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

Three day intensive gardening course
Fri 22 Feb 2019 9:30am - Sun 24 Feb 2019 4:30pm Ridgeline Trust Garden, 25 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BY

An opportunity to learn about gardening and socialise with members of various community groups.

The course covers soil, garden planning, composting, pest management, harvesting, sourcing of materials.

People with disabilities and sensory needs are welcome to apply as support will be provided.

The course is offered by the Integrated Research & Development Centre; IRDC is a registered community interest company.

Course costs: Per participant £60 which covers tea, biscuits, local garden visits travel cost, certificate

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