Urban Farming by Thomas Fox

Urban Farming by Thomas Fox

Author:Thomas Fox
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: i5 Publishing
Published: 2011-05-11T04:00:00+00:00

Radishes, Turnips, and Rutabagas

Part of the mustard family, although not a Brassica, the lowly radish (Raphanus sativus) is one of the unsung heroes of the vegetable world. The fastest varieties can go from seed to table within four weeks; indeed, the radish genus, Raphanus, means “quickly appearing.” They can be fiery or mild, tiny marbles or monsters longer and heavier than a toddler (Sakurajima daikon). Though more valued for its root, the whole plant is edible—leaves, pods, seeds, and all. Many farmers interplant fastgrowing radishes with crops such as lettuce to provide shade for the young seedlings, or they use them as “catch crops” grown in extra space to improve the soil, suppress weeds…and provide more radishes. No less a luminary than Masanobu Fukuoka employed them to loosen soils. Wyman’s Gardening Encyclopedia calls it “the easiest of all vegetables to raise.” ‘French Breakfast’ (oblong red and white, ≈30 days from seed) and ‘Snow Belle’ (round all-white, ≈30 days from seed) are good bets.


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