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If you’re new to organic gardening, try planting radishes. Not only do they seem to respond well to organic treatment, they’re among the fastest-growing of garden vegetables.

RADISHES ARE FAST GROWING

Some radish varieties will go from seed to mature plant in as little as three weeks, so you’ll get sharp tasting crunchy treats surprisingly quickly. If you really like radishes, you can keep your harvest constant through the growing season simply by succession planting. Plant new crops of radishes every week.

RADISHES GROW WELL IN SMALL GARDEN SPACES

Another good thing about radishes is that they need very little room to thrive. If your garden plot is small, it’s a simple matter to plant radishes between rows of onions or other slow-growing plants, maximizing the use of your limited space.

Better yet, the entire radish plant is edible, even if we tend to forget that. So, you can have two vegetables for the space of one. Radish greens aren’t likely to beat turnip or collard greens in most taste tests, but they do have a delightfully peppery flavor that makes them an excellent addition to salads when raw. You can also cook them as you would any other greens. Even if you choose not to eat your radish greens, they make an excellent green addition to your compost bin!

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FAST GROWING RADISHES?

We’ve got you covered. Check out these articles on the benefits and how to grow radishes:
Health Benefits of Radishes
Fast Growing Vegetables
Growing Radishes in the Home Garden from Washington State University Extension
Radishes in the Garden from Utah State University Extension
Radish: Not Just a Garnish from University of Vermont Extension