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harvesting radishes

How to Grow Summer Radish

Janice Pattie
A step by step guide to growing crunchy peppery radishes in your garden or in a container.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • Trowel
  • cane or long stick
  • Watering can


  • 10 litres multipurpose compost If growing in a container
  • 1 packet Radish seeds summer grwoing varieties


  • Plant the seeds in a place that gets sun most of the day. The soil should be fertile and moisture-retaining, if you have sandy soil, then enrich it with garden compost or well-rotted farmyard manure.
  • Lay a cane or a long stick to mark a straight line for sowing the seeds. Use a trowel, an old spoon or your fingers to create a groove that is 1 cm deep.
  • Use a watering can to soak the row where you plan to sow the seeds.
  • Shake a few seeds from the packet onto the palm of your hand, then sow them 2.5 cm apart along the length of the row.
  • Use your trowel to cover the radish seeds with soil and mark the end of the row with a marker to show what you have planted in that row.
  • The radishes should start to grow fairly quickly. If some seeds have grown too close together, thin them out so there is one seedling every 2.5 cm.
  • Water frequently especially if there has been no rain.


To grow in a container, fill the container with multipurpose compost, water well, scatter over the seeds and then cover with a thin layer of compost.