Radish is quick to grow in sum­mer

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - with Angie Thomas

IF YOU’RE af­ter a quick vegie to grow dur­ing the heat of sum­mer then try some radish. Radish can be used in de­li­cious sum­mer sal­ads and made into tangy spreads, dips and salsa.

Yates Radish White Ici­cles have beau­ti­ful long snowy white roots with crisp ten­der flesh. They’re easy to grow and will be ready to har­vest in six to eight weeks.

White Ici­cles should be sown di­rectly where they are to grow, in ei­ther a sunny vegie patch or in pots, with seedlings emerg­ing in five to eight days. To en­cour­age healthy growth, feed each week with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liq­uid Plant Food and har­vest the roots while they are still young and ten­der. Sow more seeds ev­ery two weeks for an on­go­ing sup­ply.

Radish is also avail­able in seed tape, a su­per sim­ple way to start grow­ing. Make a 1cm deep fur­row in a gar­den bed or pot, lay down the tape (cut to the re­quired length), cover with soil, wa­ter and you’re done.

In­cor­po­rat­ing lots of or­ganic mat­ter into the soil can im­prove its mois­ture-hold­ing ca­pac­ity, en­cour­age earth­worms that help to aer­ate the soil and pro­vide food for ben­e­fi­cial micro-or­gan­isms that con­vert or­ganic mat­ter into plant nu­tri­ents.

Yates Dy­namic Lifter Soil Im­prover and Plant Fer­tiliser is a rich source of or­ganic mat­ter and mix­ing it into the soil be­fore plant­ing new plants or gently mix­ing it into the soil sur­face around ex­ist­ing plants can im­prove soil qual­ity.

Ap­ply­ing or­ganic mulch around the root zone will help con­serve mois­ture and keep the roots cooler in sum­mer.

Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

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