This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Harvesting Veg (radish, spring onion, mustard greens)

I've started harvesting! 

There's not a whole lot of harvesting to be done at the minute (to be honest), but it's always a great feeling to be able to sow, grow, and eat something... and that something (currently) has been radishes, spring onion and giant mustard greens. 

The radish were sown in March and harvested in April. Radishes only take about a month or so to grow into something edible. I had a bit of a glut of radishes but I discovered they are delicious in stir fry, and are also good cut in half and added to vegetable soup. Of course, the most common way of eating radishes is sliced and put into salad.

Radish are generally easy to grow. However, I recall, when I first started gardening, having quite  a few unsuccessful attempts at growing them!  

The Spring Onion and Mustard Greens 'Giant Red' were sown last year around August time. They over wintered and are now starting to put on growth and are ready to eat. The giant mustard greens, like their name, taste just like mustard and are great on burgers, sandwiches or in salad to spice up the flavour.

You may notice the net covering the  veg - this is because stray cats seem to think my nicely turned soil is a 'loo' for them, so I have to net any vegetables that I grow. Suppose this is an issue many of us face (naughty cats)!

Happy Gardening!

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  1. I've never thought of a stir frying radishes, Kelli. When we have some I'll have to try that.

  2. Another way to eat Radishes is to slice them into matchstick-sized "juliennes", marinate them in Soy sauce and Spring Onions, then serve them garnished with toasted Sesame seeds as an accompaniment to barbecued meat, Korean style. Very nice!

  3. Mustard Greens. Interesting. I like the netting idea, too. We don't much trouble with cats here. We have one, but he hides from the dog most of the time. Now, the dog in the garden is another story. Nor had I ever dreamed of stir frying radishes. Now that is an interesting thought!

  4. Our radishes will be ready soon too. Hubby loves them, but they are mostly just for salad as far as I'm concerned. Homegrown radishes are way too "hot" for me, even with the mild varieties we grow. This year, we actually remembered to plant them in succession so they don't all come at once. Even the lettuce was planted this way. It must be the new raised beds that inspired all this succession planting!