Radishes are very easy to grow and if they are properly cared for, you can harvest them in as short as 20-70 days. Most radish growers will do regular spring to fall sowing, this can actually help you get a regular supply of radishes which will be ready for harvest during the next couple of weeks.
If you do this kind of sowing, you will be getting a lot of radishes that will probably last you for several months. Since you probably can’t eat them all at once, you will need to find a way to store them and to keep the crisp at least for a few weeks or until you want to cook or eat them.
Farmers know that when it comes to growing radishes, you will need not just a few tricks to prolong the harvest, but also some to extend the storage time of your crops. If you can master both, experienced farmers say that you will never have a radish shortage for the coming months.
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When it comes to keeping radishes fresh and crisp, you will have to make use of different techniques. Some will require that you keep them out of moisture, while others will require that you immerse them in water. When they are done correctly, they can be used to increase your harvest’s storage time.
You will need to prepare the following:
This will be used to store the radishes in the open. If you do not want to use something breakable or something that will easily spill, you can opt to use plastic containers. You can also use baking pans or large metal pots.
This will be used to store the crops. If you do not have any, you can use ordinary plastic bags or zip top bags.
This will be used to trim the harvested crops so that they will last longer in storage. You can use a knife or ordinary scissors if this item is not available.
This will be used to keep the radishes fresh below the ground. It can also be used to keep the radishes crisp through fall or winter. If you do not have this, you can use a cellar and damp sand to keep your crops in good condition for several weeks.
This will be used to freeze the radishes so that they will not wilt right away.
This will be used to help keep the radishes fresh. You can use tissue or a small, clean cloth if you do not have paper towels.
Short term storage is all about harvesting the crop at the right time. You need to consider getting the radishes after a few days without rain so that the crops will not come into contact with any moisture. Moisture can easily cause the crop to rot. You should also harvest them when the fine root hairs dry out.
If the fine root hairs dry out, the crop will go to a state of stasis, this will allow you to keep them for a few days longer. You can also use the large bowl to store the crops. Fill the bowl with 1-2 inches of water and place the newly harvested crops inside. This will allow the greens and roots to stay fresh.
This method allows you to store the crops within a week. You can also put the bowl with the water and the radishes inside the refrigerator. This will allow you to store them for a few days more. This technique will allow you to store the crops for an average of 5-8 days before the crops will begin to wilt.
If you are not planning to use them within a week, you can actually store the radishes by cutting their green tops. Use the kitchen scissor to cut them off right where it meets the root. You can also chop it off with a knife. The leafy top will draw water from the root and it will dry it out if it is not removed.
You should then put the crops inside a sealed plastic bag. This will help keep the radishes crisp for one to two weeks. If you want to store it longer, cut off the green leafy tops but do not wash the radishes. Put them inside a sealed plastic bag and then refrigerate. This will help store the crops for several weeks.
Use a cold frame to store fall sown radishes so that they will last through the fall or the winter. This can actually help gardeners get fresh radishes even though the temperature outside is already freezing. Ask advice from experienced gardeners how you can set up a cold frame in your own garden.
If you do not have a cold frame, store unwashed radishes inside the cellar or the basement. Put them inside boxes and put damp sand in between the crops. Do not allow the roots to touch each other so you can avoid spreading rot. This will allow you to store the radishes for up to three months.
Growing radishes will require some skill from farmers or gardeners. If radishes are given the right care, sown at the right time and have the proper conditions, you can easily get a bountiful harvest. If you have lots of radishes in the garden, you will need to know how to store them properly.
Storing radishes will also require some skill. You need to find out how much you need in a week, and how much you need to store for the coming months. Depending on your harvest, you can set aside crops that are meant for immediate consumption so you can store the rest using the right methods.
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