Re: [gardeners] Radish help!!! Soon...

George Shirley (
Wed, 16 Jul 2003 18:31:07 -0500

If your lettuce has bolted the radishes are going to the same thing 
about the same time. Both, in my experience, are cool weather plants. I 
live in SW Louisiana, USDA Zone 9b, and the lettuce went last month and 
the radishes even before that. Best bet for you is talk with your ag 
extension agent and see what the best planting dates are for each veggie 
in your area.

I agree that caponata is good but you can only eat so much of it before 
the good wears off. <VBG>


Kelly McElheny wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I'm new to this mailing list.  My name is Kelly.  I'm an organic 
> gardener in VT.  I love having my hands in the dirt, but am somewhat of 
> a neophyte...this is only my third year gardening as I am in my late 20s 
> and just beginning to establish my home base.
> I'm gaining experience with many different veggies...but am still 
> learning alot about others.  My question for you is about radishes ...I 
> have a story for you...(you should all get a chuckle from
> ...last summer was my first summer gardening lettuce...I'd had 
> experience with my herb gardens and perennial flowers...but never 
> veggies...
> so I planted 3 kinds of lettuce...romaine, red oak, green leaf.
> Up until the 4th of July, they were doing magnificently...I was 
> harvesting so much lettuce, I couldn't eat it fast enough.
> Then I went away on vacation for a week.  The weather was scorching hot 
> in the Northeast...and hence most of my garden was wilted when I 
> returned.  The only member of my gardening doing beautifully was my 
> lettuce...I had these brilliant flowers that had sprouted that I had 
> never known lettuce would create...I was so proud. (LOL)
> Well as you can guess, as I grow and learn, I came to discover that 
> lettuce isn't suppose to
> now I'm having the same trouble with my radishes.  They are doing 
> great...growing like weeds...but all of a sudden they have begun 
> sprouting flowers.  I keep pinching them off...but there seems to be no 
> end in sight...and as I know that radishes are a root veggie and 
> flowering could take away from the root growth, I'm worried they too are 
> done for the season and I'm not going to be able to harvest them.  I 
> need your help!!!!
> I may have started them too early...seeds were planted mid-may...or may 
> not be cutting them back as I should...I don't know...but you guys seem 
> to be the experts and I thought maybe you could help.
> p.s.  Eggplant makes a wonderful caponata(sp?)...Italian, cold or 
> warm...similar to bruschetta...yummm!!!
> anyway, hope you can help me...I'm struggling...and I so wanted to have 
> tons of radishes for my partner as he really loves them...
> well, thanks for all your insight...and I'm really enjoying reading the 
> posts you send...
> also, Penny, I hope Jim is doing better as well...your short stories of 
> his progress are filled with's inspiring.
> take care everyone, thanks again.
> Kelly from VT.
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