Jun 192015

No Fail Friday: Economy of (Small) Scale

Just because you’re container gardening doesn’t mean you can’t maximize your bounty. Expand your yield by not letting usable container space go unclaimed. Grow radishes.

Radishes are fast-maturing vegetables happy to grow almost anywhere. Abandon the idea of orderly rows; they’re happy tucked randomly among other slower-growing plants both in the garden and in containers. We’ve got Pink Beauties growing around our patio tomatoes and basils.

Think inside the pot and plant some radishes among your container tomatoes or herbs and you’ll enjoy their peppery zing in your cooking and salads all season.

Here are some growng tips:

  • Choose pots that are 13″ wide or larger.
  • If you’re thinking of putting your patio tomato plants in 13″ planters, bump it up to 15″ and you will will plenty of extra space for radishes. (But 13″ pots work great too.)
  • Don’t crowd the original plant but plant seeds at least one inch away from the pot rim to give the radishes enough room to grow.
  • Space the radishes at least 1″ apart. We don’t want them to abuse their welcome by overcrowding the host so we go for a wider spacing of 2″ between them.
  • Keep the soil watered.
  • Be careful not to confuse the emerging seedlings for a rogue weed or volunteer.
  • Let your spouse/family know you’ve planted something else in the pot so they don’t try to help by weeding them out for you. (No, it happens.)
  • When the radishes are ready (in 22-27 days) lift the them out slowly and gently, pulling straight up and toward the rim so not to disturb the primary plant. Pat the soil unearthed during harvest back down. If the original plant’s not too overgrown and there’s still room, plant more seeds for another round of radishes.

 

Christine

Very excitable and prone to fits of glee, Christine cooks on a vintage 1950 General Electric double-oven stove, does not have a dishwasher unless you count the husband, and is guilty of posting cat cuteness on the interwebs. She photographs and blogs about food and other joyful topics from her home in Vermont.

Co-Author of Garden Candy Basics

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