Radishes. Always the very first garden snack to come up.
They may seem boring and kind of utilitarian but radishes are always one of my favourite things to pick from the garden. Especially now that I’m growing about 7 different varieties.
It’s soon going to be too warm to grow radishes, and I’ll have to remember to put another batch in closer to the end of summer. Radishes are like the elderly. They don’t like the heat.
Betty was over the other day and noticed that my radishes were about to go to seed. She did not notice this because she has a keen sense and love of gardening. She noticed it because she has a keen love of radishes.
This year the first radishes to ripen were the Icicle Radishes (long and white), the Cherry Belle radishes and the Purple radish from William Dam’s Easter Egg hybrid radishes.
I’ve found that anything purple from the garden (like Cubit’s Cosmic Purple carrots) absolutely GLOWS. The purples are always my favourites.
The best way to store radishes (whether from the grocery store or your garden) is to cut the tops off and put them in a bowl of water in the refrigerator.
They’ll stay crisp and crunchy and good for ages. Or you can do like most gardeners do and just eat them right out of the dirt.
Of course if you do that you have to walk around with a packet of salt in your pocket because there’s nothing better than a radish dipped in salt. NOT sprinkled. DIPPED. I learned that little trick from my mother, who also dips her chicken, potatoes and toothpaste in salt. She does that after drinking the olive juice from the jar.
If you ever want to buy my mother a present a salt lick would be a good way to go.
It’s not too late to have radishes like these. You can give them a shot now, and if they don’t do well (as I said before radishes don’t like heat), you can plant them when the weather starts to get a tiny bit cooler, say around the beginning of August here in Southern Ontario. By the time they germinate and pop up, the nights will be cooler but there will still be plenty of sun for them to grow.
Ditto for purple carrots by the way.
If you’re interested in growing your own salt lick I’m afraid you’re on your own.
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