Recently harvested radishes
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Radishes are quick-growing vegetables that prefer a rich, fertile soil. It takes spring radishes only one month to reach maturity and winter radishes take approximately 2 months. Harvest them by digging them up as soon as they are mature to preserve the taste and texture. Harvest winter radishes from the soil only as you need them. Watch your radishes grow quickly and harvest them at the peak of perfection for a delicious radish crop.
Plant small crops of radishes every 2 weeks so that you will have radishes maturing in batches as the weeks go by.
Watch the radishes as they mature. Carefully use the trowel to loosen spring radishes when they are at least 1/2 inch in diameter and as large as 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Do not leave spring radishes in the ground to grow larger than this or they may become cracked. Harvest winter radishes in the same fashion with the garden trowel, but you may leave these radishes in the ground until ready to use.
Cut the green tops from the radishes as you dig them. If you do not remove the tops, the radishes will shrivel. Keep spring radishes for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator in plastic storage bags with ventilation holes. Keep winter radishes in storage boxes filled with damp sand. Place the storage boxes in a cool location that will not freeze and store for up to 4 months.