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Vegetable Gardening in Mississippi

Radishes

Radishes are quick maturing cool-season vegetables for spring and fall gardens. They are ready to harvest within 4 weeks of planting and rapidly pass into a pithy, unusable condition. Radishes that produce only tops result from being planted too thick (late thinning), too much shade, or hot temperatures. Black spots in radishes may indicate boron deficiency. Dissolve 1 level tablespoon of household borax in 3 gallons of water and apply to 100 feet of garden row. Use proportionately smaller amounts for shorter rows.

RadishSome large-root types designated as winter radishes are recommended for the fall garden. They remain crisp longer than small types, are more pungent, and are best grown like fall turnips.

Varieties

Champion—scarlet; deep oval; large root and top; 28 days; AAS 1957.

Cherry Belle—round globe; cherry red skin; crisp, solid flesh; short top; 21 days; AAS 1949.

China Rose—winter type; deep rose skin; white flesh; pungent; long; 52 days.

Round Black Spanish—winter type; large globe shape; 31⁄2- to 4-inch diameter; black skin; pungent white flesh; 55 days.

Scarlet Globe—bright scarlet globe; crisp; white; mild flesh; 24 days.

Snowbelle—hybrid; white; round root; crisp; mild; 30 days.

White Chinese (Winter Cel-estial)—winter type; 6 to 8 inches long; 3-inch diameter; crisp; white; mild flesh; 60 days.

White Icicle—long; white; crisp; tapered to a point; 28 days.