Today, I want to tell you about my favorite kind of radish to grow in the kitchen garden: the French breakfast radish. I had a couple disappointing seasons with radishes until I discovered this type, so if you're looking to grow radishes too, I highly recommend French breakfast seeds.
Here are my top five tips for successfully growing French breakfast radishes in your own kitchen garden.
Tip one for growing French breakfast radishes
Grow radishes in cool weather
Radishes are best grown in the cool season. They're in the Brassica family, and this group tends to bolt when the weather gets too warm.
I typically plant mine when the weather is ranging between 35 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If your weather is warmer than that or if you're getting a lot of frost, go ahead and order your seeds now so that you'll be ready to plant them during your next cool season.
If the weather does get too warm and your radishes bolt, here's how to save your own radish seeds for next season.
Tip two for growing French breakfast radishes
Get the spacing right
Whenever you're planting something that will produce a root crop, it's critical to space your seeds far enough apart to give each root room to grow to its full potential.
Radish seeds look like little pebbles, so it's easy to be a bit lazy and scatter them about or plant them in rows too close together. The ideal spacing between each radish seed is about one and a half to two inches.
Tip three for growing French breakfast radishes
Keep radish seeds watered
Keep your seeds well-watered. This is true for almost any kind of seed, but especially so for cool-season seeds, which prefer to stay moist as they begin to germinate.
Tip four for growing French breakfast radishes
Thin radish seedlings
If you notice your seedlings are growing too close together, you'll need to thin them a bit. Learn more about how to thin and replant your radish seedlings.
Thinning is a such a pain to me, but it's an important step to ensure your radishes have enough space to develop the part you want to eat. You can either pull the entire seedling up (and replant it) or cut the seedling at the base of the soil and eat it as you would a microgreen.
Tip five for growing French breakfast radishes
Don't wait too long to harvest
Most radishes are ready around 45 days or so after planting by seed, depending on what your weather is like. If you wait too long to harvest your radishes, they can become too big and either peppery or starchy.
Don't forget that you can eat the leafy tops and, of course, the bottoms of this plant—more bang for your gardening buck! That's what you get when you grow your own.
If you do leave your radishes in the ground a little too long, I've got three ways you can salvage them and still enjoy what you've grown.
Learn how to grow your own salad greens to go with your homegrown radishes
This beautiful ebook walks you through growing your own organic lettuce plants and leafy greens at least six months out of the year, no matter where you live.
If you're a beginner gardener, French breakfast radishes are one of the perfect plants to get you started in the kitchen garden. Use these five tips and you'll be picking your own delicious radishes in no time.
Here's to you and your French breakfast radish success. Thanks for bringing back the kitchen garden with me!
Become a kitchen gardener. More than 8 modules of garden instruction are waiting for you inside the Academy, and you'll be welcomed into the private community, where you can ask questions and get encouragement from other students learning alongside you.