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Radishes: a Fall Garden Surprise!

Radishes are great early spring or fall planting.
  French breakfast radishes are great to plant in the cool weather of fall.
Just four weeks ago – in mid-September – I planted a variety of cool-weather seeds to see how far I could stretch the growing season. These seeds included sugar snap peas, beets, mizuna and arugula (both greens), plus carrots and some French breakfast radishes.
Hand Holding Snap Peas
    Results are in already, and while it was the sugar snap peas that I thought might take off fast, it was the French breakfast radishes that actually produced the first crop.
    I had thinned the seedlings twice already, leaving plenty of “grow space” between shoots; those thinnings were great as salad sprouts so there was no waste at all.
    The first of the radishes were pink and white darlings, pinky-size, with bright green tops. The flavor was fresh and strong, and texture absolutely perfect: crunchy and without any flaws. All the wildlife in my yard left them well alone.
    The French apparently eat these delightful radishes with butter! I am going to try that, plus perhaps a little bit of sour cherry jam from Poland. A creamy sweet-tart treat any time of day.
    There’s probably time to plant a packet of French breakfast radishes this fall for good cool-weather eating. Plant again in early spring. And remember not to let radishes get too big and tough.