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Radishes for every season

publication date: Sep 1, 2011
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RadishRadishes should not be overlooked – although usually a minor crop, they have some important roles in a mixed vegetable farm. The familiar small radishes are quick-growing, brightly colored and add crunch to winter and spring salads. Since they are easy and quick to grow, they can be planted whenever a space opens up, as insurance for filling out the CSA box or market booth. And if you don’t need them, you haven’t invested much, and can till them in. Or let them flower, as the flowers attract beneficial insects. Not all round and red, radishes come in many shapes and sizes to add visual variety. There are also large winter storage varieties, and ones for use as a cover crop, which can help control pest nematodes.

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