Planting Radishes


One of the easiest vegetables to grow is the radish. It is a good choice when introducing youngsters to gardening. Within a month after sowing the radish can be harvested. Radish seeds are often grown with slower growing crops, such as carrots or parsnips, to prevent the ground from getting crusty. The radish will break through the soil, making way for weaker or slower growing seeds. A typical packet of radish seeds will yield several dozen radishes.

Step 1

Plan to sow the seeds as soon as the ground can be worked. Radishes are not sensitive to frost.

Step 2

Dig 2-inches of compost into each section that is 12 to 18-inches wide and 8-inches deep. To each 10-foot row add one pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer. This will prepare the soil for the radish seeds.

Step 3

Plant each seed in the soil, about ½ inch deep, and space 1-inch apart. This may vary according to radish variety, so read your seed packet for additional information. To have radishes throughout the season, plant at two week intervals, stopping when summer reaches its maximum temperature for the season.

Step 4

Water the plants weekly, keeping the soil moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Radish seeds


  • Vegetables and Fruits; James Crockett; 1972
  • Vegetable Gardening; Clifford and Wilson; 1975
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.