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Question: 1321-4315
Do radishes have any nutrients? A neighbor told me they do not and are only used for decoration. Henry, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
Radishes provide ample phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. They are rich in vitamin C and most of the B vitamins. They ripen in 30 days and can be replanted every two weeks in the spring and fall. They can be grown in the summer with a lot of water. This was my first success as a gardener when I was eight years old. I have had rosy checks ever since.

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Question: 1438-2717
I have a lot of dark green leaves on my radishes. I do not have any fruit. I have been using a liquid fertilizer and they have been getting plenty of water. Ken, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
Radishes usually produce a root vegetable within 30 days. That was my first experience in the garden. I did not use any fertilizer at all and got rather large radishes to give to my friends. It would have been better to use 5-10-10 granular. You also need to thin them out when they sprout to allow space for the roots. You can still plant new seeds every two weeks in the summer and succeed. Let the present crop stay. We have had too much rain. They could be later than expected. Stop the soluble fertilizer. It is too high in nitrogen.

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