The following contents are of reference value for the planting of raised garden beds.
What you need:
High quality potted soil
Step 1: Determine radish varieties
Spring varieties including Cherry Beauty, April Cross, Purple Plum and Red King are usually round or slender. If you have small and medium-sized flower pots, they are very suitable for container gardening.
On the other hand, the winter variety is larger and can grow to 6 to 10 inches long, which is most suitable for storage. Black Spanish radish and radish are the most common winter varieties.
Black Spanish radish is also called Alford radish. Its flesh is white and its skin is tough black. It has round and slender shapes. Like the black Spanish radish, the radish also has long white roots.
As long as you provide flower pots or containers of appropriate size to meet the needs of plants, radish varieties in spring and winter will also do well in container gardening.
Step 2: Select the appropriate container
The container you choose to plant radish depends on the variety you plant. Large containers with good drainage and sufficient water retention are ideal.
Choose containers at least six inches deep for radish varieties, including April Cross, Cherry Beauty and Purple Plum. Larger varieties, such as platinum, require a container 12 to 14 inches deep.
You can plant 4 to 5 large radish varieties in smaller containers. However, if you plan to plant 6 to 7 radish plants, it is recommended to use a 12 inch wide pot or container.
Step 3: Prepare potted soil
Radish is the best in the healthy soil with good drainage and rich organic matter. It is also a good idea to add peat moss, compost or some wood ash to the potting mixture to allow the roots to grow normally.
If there is no ready potting mixture at home, and you can only find heavy soil or clay around, please do not worry!
Clay is also suitable for growing carrots in containers, as long as you add organic substances such as chopped leaves, weathered sawdust or garden compost between planting to promote ventilation.
Step 4: Sowing seeds
Fill your pot or container with potted soil, then plant the seeds directly to 1/2 inch depth, and provide about 1 to 4 inches of space depending on the radish variety.
Don't forget to leave at least an inch of space between the edge of the container and the first row of radishes to prevent the root growth from being blocked.
Place the container in a sunny place. Make sure to water regularly and wait until the seeds germinate after 5 to 10 days.
Early developed radish varieties, including Cherry Baili, can be harvested 20 to 30 days after planting, while large varieties such as white radish will fully mature in 60 to 70 days.
Step 5: Water regularly
Avoid drying the soil, as it may cause radishes to become bitter and woody. Radishes need a lot of water to help their roots develop fully and healthily.
Having said that, keep the soil moist and ensure deep watering, especially during the first week of growth. Containers with a good drainage system are key to water resistance and to preventing soil penetration.
I hope you like this foolproof guide to growing radish in containers. Radish is crispy and nutritious, with mild sweet and pepper taste. They mature quickly and grow easily in containers.
Growing vegetables in containers is absolutely fun and beneficial. For radish planting, the key to a good harvest is to place the container in a sunny place and water the plants regularly!