For the past few years, I've been putting in buying up seed bundles at the Source Winterfeast, which means I have a little case of seeds that I am yet to make good use of. It's full of surprises and full of things I wouldn't normally choose. One of those is the humble radish. I picked radishes for its short growing period, and relatively low maintenance. I don't think I have the greenest thumb, so something easy and indestructible (says the person who has a less than healthy looking mint) would give me a quick boost of confidence. I had two types: Easter Eggs and Champions.
I've completely fallen in love with radishes for their fresh pepperiness. The Easter Eggs turn out to have a elongated root, and comes a variety of colours: white, yellow, pink, while the Champions are round and red. They are especially good when picked young and eat them as they are. I do think they are the best radishes I've ever eaten (what do you mean I'm biased?)
These ones pictured here are the last of them. I've had some pickled radishes recently that were pale pink and wanted to see if I could also make them myself. After spending a night in the fridge, they did turn pink! They will be featured in sandwiches over the next week or two, if I don't snack on them beforehand.
The green tops are completely edible too. Freshly picked leaves are so very prickly, although I would happily eat them raw. A few went into a pasta dish, and the remainder will go into an experimental pesto.
I have so many things planned for the garden, and I'm running out of room! Time to get digging and make a few more veggie patches (and should really deal with the Weed Mountain). There's zucchinis, squashes, tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and a whole heap of herbs, basil, thyme, hyssop, parsley and lovage. I'm trying to grow some cornflowers and borage too, but somewhat unsuccessfully. I am impatiently waiting for summer tomatoes. There's pink cherries, yellow beefsteaks, red ones of course, and some green ones too. It will be a rainbow of tomatoes and there will be a bottling day! I have some new strawberries out the front with what looks like this year's entire crop of ONE strawberry. Talk about anticipation.
Do you have a garden? What are you planting in them?