For next spring, we could plant both Tomato beds with Salad Turnips and substitute Radishes in the Sweet Potato bed (because they're faster). We might also try to get all four of the cucurbit (Cucumber, Watermelon, Winter Squash & Pumpkin) beds dug for the early May planting. That way, we can plant twice as long a row of each early crop.
We harvested our third batch of radishes Wednesday. This year we're growing radishes in three colors: red, pink, and white. Wednesday it was the big, plump red ones.
Radishes are the fastest growing root vegetable in the garden. These were planted just over a month ago.
Back in the times of the pharaohs, wealthy Egyptians took such a liking to radishes that they had tiny gold figurines made of them, to serve as good luck charms.
Our first crop of 2012!
Not much to report on zucchinis so far. They went in on May 22 (pictured above) next to summer squash, in a plot that previously was all radish and lettuce. A border of radishes remains, as do some lettuces that we took outer leaves from on Wednesday.
Though the sign announcing the home of our tomatoes was accurate (above), you had to know what you were looking for, since the first crop to go into that plot was watermelon radishes (left and right of top photo).
Last Saturday, the 19th, said radishes were harvested, ceding the tomatoes their designated territory (below).
Knowing that the radishes would be leaving before the tomatoes really got going, we crowded the tomato plants into the radish greenery. But it wasn't until the radishes were removed that I realized how severe the crowding was. I don't know what the tomatoes' reactions were, but I exhaled sighs of relief once they had their space all to themselves.
THIS JUST IN: I'd reported earlier that we'd spotted in a couple of "extra" tomato plants in the brassica bed, where a couple of plants had failed to flourish, but it now appears we'll be adding three more tomato plants as well.
Wednesday night, for fear that our best looking cauliflower was close to flowering, we pulled it from its brassica home. I believe i that space, and a couple other cauliflower spaces, that the tomatoes are going to take over.
I opened the garden at 5:50 last evening and soon left to go to collect produce donations at the farmers' market.
In just my 20 minutes, several intrigued people came by, the adults usually more interested than the children.
When I returned at 15 before 7, Lisa and Bailey and daughter were there. We tried some of the radishes: The regular ones split from the rain like cherry tomatoes, but were good. Of the big ones, one was OK, but the biggest one was riddled with wire worms.
Tuesday when I was there for a moment in time, a man liked our garden but then didn't think the snow fence was so attractive, but I said well, it was recycled and was practical.
Dick today at Johnnies told me that one day this week when he was there, an older woman, an experienced gardener, informed him the collards were ready and should be harvested now, lest they get old and tough.
Today we harvested our largest radish, a Watermelon Radish, almost as big as a turnip, a handsome pink color with white, only the radish was burrowed into by the wire worm, all deformed, and in fact one of them appeared so as to have his photograph taken!
We learned that the wire worm is particularly prevelant when turf is converted to garden. We hope it will not also burrow into our carrots and beets and potatoes! Continued cultivation in the fall is one solution so that the worms will be noticed by their predators, such as, an article suggests, your chickens!
A smaller crew this morning at the garden, but plenty of visitors (particularly very young ones, we hope they lay down some fundamental memories of their visit).
The harvest was still mostly thinnings (kale, onions, arugula that was bolting) plus the last of our seedling-origin lettuce, and with a foray into radish research. Pulling out a monstrously huge one both to give its neighbors half a chance and to see what was happening: it showed signs of insect invasion as well having odd and giant growth. Divvying the insides up for tasting revealed some radishy heat but not bad flavor.
We decided to let the radishes be for now rather than harvest. A few rain drops fell as we were leaving, but we watered the new grass leading from the street to our water spigot as well as in the garden.
I talked to quite a few parents and children over the two-and-a-half hours I was there today. I gave out veggie school cards, for which I noted quite a bit of interest.
People seemed especially impressed with the broccoli and cauliflower, and I even had some radish backers when I complained of our excess. What do we think of pickled radish?
Or pole beans? We've some extra seeds. I am thinking we could plant a few in a corner and put in a bamboo for it to climb to the sky.
When we pull the radishes, how about if we replace them with turnips? They grow fast and are very good when early.
There is no more to say...
Today we harvested our first radishes. They were planted as seed just 4 weeks ago.
Radishes truly are the hot rods of the vegetable world.