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Radish Seedlings GrowingRadish Seedlings Growing

When to sow

Summer Radish

  • Sow Indoors: January & February
  • Sow Under Cover: March
  • Sow Outdoors: April to September

Winter Radish

  • Sow Ourdoors: July & August

How to Sow Radishes.

  • Sow March through to September in a well prepared bed of fine tilth.
  • Sowings should be made about 2.5cm (1 inch) apart and 1cm (1/2in) deep to avoid the need to thin out.
  • Should you need to thin seedlings out this should be done as soon as possible.
  • Winter cultivars should be thinned to 15cm (6in) apart.
  • Keep the soil moist to ensure rapid growth, and to keep the roots fleshy and tasty & prevent splitting.

Because radishes are quick to mature they can be used as a 'catch crop' being sown between rows of slower-growing vegetables such as peas and potatoes.  A clever idea is to use the radish as a ediable crop marker for slow-germinating crops, such as parsnips and onion as the radish germinate quickly, marking out the row where other crops have been sown and can be pulled before interence with the main crop.  

 

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Category: Recipes

Irish Stew with Parsnips

Irish Stew with ParsnipsIrish Stew with Parsnips
The Parsnips are by no means traditional in this recipe and are optional but my wife loves them so what you going to do? 

 

Oca or Potato Homity Pie Recipe

Homity PieHomity Pie

Homity pie is a traditional British open vegetable pie. The pastry case traditionally contains a filling of potatoes and an onion and leek mixture, which is then covered with cheese.  It has a history that dates back to the efforts of the Land girls of the Second World War and the restrictions imposed by wartime rationing.

 

Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergine ParmigianaAubergine Parmigiana

This simple aubergine parmigiana recipe from Italy makes a cosy mid-week meal. Serve this cheese, tomato and aubergine bake as a vegetarian main dish, with some wholewheat garlic bread or a peppery rocket salad, or you can also make it as a hearty side for for a meat dish.!

Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in August

Jobs to do in August

Harvest should be bountiful and the allotment is in full swing

August is the month of plenty, virtually everything you planted and sown will be giving you a crop, daily trips to the plot are recommended this month, harvesting, watering, and weeding all needing doing this month!

 

Jobs to do in February

Jobs to do in February

Time to do some groundwork

We get a glimpse of the early signs of the arrival of Spring this month. The soil begins to warm up around the middle of February and we can see for the first time this year the buds beginning to swell on fruit trees and bushes. Overwintering vegetables begin to look less sorry for themselves and they start to produce new growth.

 

Jobs to do in September

Jobs to do in September
September marks a change in the seasons, you'll be harvesting the last of your summer crops if you haven't already done so, crops like tomatoes, beans, peppers, sweetcorn will be finishing, but on the other hand the first of the Autumn crops will be nearing ready or may be ready like Apples, Pears, Main Crop Potatoes, Winter Squashes to name but a few!

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