first garden fail friday of the year! although i’ve had plenty of fails already this season, i was waiting for a good one to kick it off properly. this fail is full-on user error, lack of knowledge, lack of experience with one of the supposedly easiest, most fool-proof veggies to grow in a home garden: radishes.
the problem is, i didn’t realize different varieties require different growing seasons. there are spring/summer radishes and fall/winter radishes. some will only grow in certain temperatures, some will only grow when the weather is changing from warm to cool.
early this spring, i grabbed all 10 radish varieties in my seed collection and stuck them in the ground. they all germinated, they all grew, but only a few of them made roots--six (6!) of the 10 types made top growth only. it is totally perplexing when you look at one radish growing happily just inches away from another that wants only to make leaves and a thin, woody root.
so i started looking them up one by one online, and i noticed a trend. black spanish radish: fall/winter variety. watermelon radish: winter. violet de gournay, china rose, etc etc...six out of ten, fall and/or winter. the only four radishes i planted that are successfully making radishes are french breakfast, sparkler white tip, japanese white icicle and plum purple. the odd thing is, i looked at the seed packet for watermelon radishes and it specifically instructs you to plant them in spring.
i should have caught on earlier, though. last year the first radish i ever tried to grow was china rose, and it only made top growth, then i planted sparkler radishes in practically the same spot and conditions and they grew just fine. it never occurred to me i might be planting them at the wrong time--i totally associate radishes with springtime.
anyway, life gave me radish greens, so i made sautéed radish greens. they’re very tasty, like spinach but with a little kick. that mitigates the fail somewhat, but it was still unfortunate because i wasted all those seeds and all that space that could have been used to grow other things.
anyone else failing lately? as before, if you post about it on your blog i’ll link to it here, or you can offload the burden in the comments section if you prefer.