Look at these beauties! Even if you don’t think radishes are beautiful, this statement still stands, because their name is Pink Beauty. And c’mon, they are beauties.
Radishes are one of the easiest and fastest crops to grow. They tolerate cooler weather more than hot weather, but I tend to sow them throughout the year (starting in spring) wherever I can find a spot with varying degrees of success.
Sowing radishes with slower-germinated crops like carrots helps break up the soil. Sowing radishes next to cucumbers and squash may help repel cucumber beetles, and sowing near spinach attracts leafminers away from it.
Radishes, as humble as they may be, are a favorite around here. Matt, his dad, and his grandpa love em raw with nothing but a little bit of salt. And we’ll slice them thin over salad greens (and pea shoots) before dinner most nights in spring.
Usually, I’ll just dress this up with a little vinaigrette (olive oil, red wine vinegar, tiny squirt of dijon, s&p).