Growing radishes are one of the easiest and fastest growing vegetables you can grow in the garden and you can grow them all summer long! Not only do they have a flavorful root but their greens are really tasty too! I just thinned a row of diakon radishes and mind you I absolutely hate thinning! Call me crazy but I feel bad for the little roots that don’t get to grow up to be tasty little radishes.
Last week I used my radish greens to make a tasty pesto! Radish greens have a mild peppery flavor.
So do yourself a favor and try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed!
Radish Leaf Pesto
- 2 Handfuls of radish greens
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
- dash of salt and pepper
Remember to wash and dry greens. Remove stems and put everything in blender or food processor. Blend until creamy.
I put my pesto over grilled salmon, but this can be used in pasta, over a crostini, rubbed on a rack of lamb or stuffed in a chicken breast.
Happy Gardening and Bon Appetit!
Have you ever planted all of your lettuce all in one batch and now its harvest time and you have so much lettuce you don’t know what to do with it? I know this has happened to many gardeners. The trick is to succession plant. Succession planting is to follow one crop with another. This is a really great tool to learn so you can maximize your gardens yield and enjoy crops for longer. I have come up with a simple chart that will help you know what intervals you should be planting your crops.
Succession Planting Guide
Arugula- 14 Day intervals
Bok Choi- 10 Day intervals
Beets- 14 Day intervals
Bush Beans- 10 Day intervals
Broccoli- 14 Day intervals
Carrots- 21 Day intervals
Cucumbers- 21 Day intervals
Endive- 14 Day intervals
Head Lettuce- 10 Day intervals
Kohlrabi- 10 Day intervals
Leaf Lettuce- 7 Day intervals
Melons- 21 Days
Mustard Greens- 10 Day intervals
Peas- 10 Day intervals
Radishes- 7 Day intervals
Spinach- 7 Day intervals
Summer Squash- 30 Day intervals
Sweet Corn- 7 Day intervals
Swiss Chard- 21 Day intervals
Turnips- 14 Day intervals
Swiss Chard Growing Guide
Also know as silverbeet, Swiss chard is a member of the beet family for its edible greens, which can be used in salads or even fried. Its tender leaves taste like spinach, and can be harvested continuously throughout the season.
When to Sow: Early Spring, Fall in mild Winter areas.
Sun/ Part Shade: Sun/ Part shade in summer
Seed Spacing: 1 inch
Row Spacing: 18 inches
Planting Depth: 1/2 inch
Days to Germinate: 7-10 days
Days to Maturity: 85 days
Soil and Fertilizing
Plant after the last spring frost. The soil must be well-drained, and enriched with vegetable food. Feed every four weeks for best results.
Consistent moisture is important to Swiss chard, especially as the plants grow larger. Water every days.
Break or cut the outer leaves off at the base when they’re 6-8 inches wide. Pick and discard old or tough leaves and flower stalks. Avoid damaging the growing point in the center of the plant. If you plan to harvest whole plants, make succession planting through late summer, so you won’t run out.
- Swiss chard is a mid-summer green that grows well in heat, but will also last through fall’s first frost.
Seed storage. How long do seeds really last?
There is only few times in the day you can find me outside in the frigid cold. One is, if I have any bottle calves or lambs to feed, and two would be running out to my car to get it started. Yeah I know what you are thinking, what kind of farm girl are you? My husband calls me the fair-weather cowgirl. I just really really hate the bitter cold! So in the winter you can typically find me warm and toasty on the couch with a cup of tea.
When I get tired of reading or binge watching Alaska the Last Frontier, I like to skim through my Irish Eyes Garden Seeds catalog and see what I should grow in my garden this year. Once I make a list of vegetables to grow I gather all my seed jars and see what seed I can use for this year and what I should just throw away.
Containers to store your seeds in….
Plastic bins: These are inexpensive and you can keep them in there originally package with a filing system to organize your seeds by variety.
Shoe Box: This is the same idea has the plastic bins other than they are free! I like free.
Mason jar: I put everything in mason jars…I have plenty, they are reusable and you can usually find them at Goodwill.
Wooden crate: If you’re handy you could build one! This would be a really great gift for the gardener in your life.
Ideal storage conditions…
Seed stores best in a cool dark spot. So consider a cool dark basement, mudroom, or closet. Freezing seeds is not necessary but you can use a refrigerator to keep the seeds in.
Celery 2 years
Eggplant 2 years
Herbs 3 years
Onions/Leeks 1 year
Peppers 3-4 years
Parsnips 1 year
Summer Squash 3-4years
Swiss Chard 5+years
Winter Squash/Pumpkins 3-5years
Tomatoes 2 years