Radishes Thrive in Tok!

IMG_0370I don’t know how they’ve done it, but my poorly planted radishes have really come through in our vegetable garden this summer. By poorly planted, I mean that I didn’t know how to put the practically-microscopic seeds into the ground and ended up clumping them together.

Despite their crowded digs, they are thriving and pushing out of the ground when plump and ready. I’ve already threatened to plant nothing but radishes next year although the snap peas are looking like they’ll produce a nice bounty in a few weeks, too.

The rest of what I’ve planted was choked mercilessly by the chickweed invasion although in the process of weeding one patch, I did identify the carrots straining to poke through and spent several hours yanking chickweed to let them breathe. So far, they are still growing.

But I can’t find any thyme, basil, sage, lavender, chives, onions, chard, or spinach as I continue to pull carpets of chickweed from the beds. I keep hoping to see some of their leaves poking through in a valient attempt at life.

What can I do next year to keep the evil chickweed at bay? Or should I just go with it and learn how to harvest chickweed?

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  1. Pu-leez, Media Ma,
    A teacher-guru once said, if you want to get urban kids into gardening, start ’em on radishes; radishes’ll grow in concrete.
    But congratulations on the rest, even in spite of the weeds.
    Cabbage? I love Kim-chee!
    @matozoa

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  2. Aliza, I have a recipe that suggests radishes served with cold butter as a chic appetizer from New Zealand chef Annabel Langbein. Just a thought!

    Aleesha

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