Well, let this be my very first lesson – that like human babies, garden babies have a mind and time frame all on their own. Sunday I was thinking I would need to wait until later in the week to harvest my first radishes, and then BAM! went out before work to find I had an entire bowl full ready to be plucked from the ground.
I dusted a little dirt carefully away from their tops (for those that I could see the little red bulb and whose leaves had started to turn a bit purple) and grabbed the entire leaf stalk and gentle wiggled them from their cozy beds. I still have several that aren’t quite there yet, but at least for tonight – we’ll have some fresh garden salads. I’ll pick a little lettuce and spinach tonight before dinner to really round out our meal.
One thing I noticed – there were a few that suffered from over crowding (thus the not so round feature). While I’ve been doing a diligent job of thinning, there were still a few that were simply missed. I’ve already made my documentation in my garden journal regarding planting my next batch so this can be avoided.
If I work quickly enough in the next few nights, I just might be able to get in one last planting of radishes. According to Oklahoma State Univeristy’s Co-Op Extension Service, April 15 should be the very latest that they’re planted…we’ll try for one last experiment and better spacing. I have an empty 2×2 space where I could plant them!! So excited to try one more round.