Harvesting radish seeds in late spring is an exciting time for many gardeners. The beautiful orange and red colors of ripe radishes are very hard to resist. Radish juice is rich and delicious, but unfortunately is very expensive! Fortunately, harvesting radish seeds for juicing is easy, inexpensive, and can be a fun activity for all. In this article, I'll describe everything you should know about when and why to gather radish seeds in your own garden, step-by-step!
If you have never tried to collect radish seeds before, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to grow! Radish seeds normally grow in clusters of two or three, which makes it easy to gather the radish seeds that you want to use for juicing. Typically, radish seeds will grow in your garden from May through July, but they will continue to grow well into fall, winter, and spring.
There are a variety of different types of radish seeds available, but two of the most popular are the kidney bean and the cress. Both of these types of seeds are used in the majority of successful juicing recipes. However, the cress is slightly more popular because of its milder taste and healthier benefits. Here are a list of the most popular radish seed pods as well as the various recipes that use those pods:
There are many different varieties of radish crops. Most people start with the common (rememberful) kidney bean. These come in two separate pod varieties - one smaller than the other. When harvesting radish seeds from these plants, make sure that you cut off only the bottom of the pod. The smaller bean will be easier for you to juice and will produce a finer, lighter-colored juice.
There are a few things you can do when it comes time to harvest your radishes. If you are planting them in a garden bed, you can dig a hole several inches deep, followed by a wide, rectangular piece of string. You then plant your seeds about four inches apart from each other, making sure that they are planted in an even fashion. The string can be pulled and the seeds scattered as you move around the garden in search of new plants.
If you have a larger garden or are more comfortable harvesting seeds from a raised bed, then you may wish to buy a seedpod or two. It's much faster and easier to pick out individual pods then it is to try to get your hands into a mass of seeds. You'll also find it to be easier to get the pods off of taller plants that have been growing for a while. When choosing the type of seed you want to use, be sure to choose one that is firm and fairly resilient, allowing for the occasional squashing or shaking.
You can save seeds until you're ready to use them again. It's important to remember that no matter how you store them, the life cycle for most seeds will take one to three years. Once your pod is empty, you should put the paper bag inside the compost bin. This way you can ensure that your next year's crops won't have to be harvested from the same seed. Radish juice will go great fresh on your vegetables, whether they're eaten raw or juiced.
To preserve your Radish seed pods for future use, you can place them in glass jars with a small amount of water. Most seed packets include a variety of drying methods, including plastic bags and newspaper bags. However, it's best to use the type of drying method that you prefer for the kind of plant you're growing. Plastic bags and newspaper aren't as effective as placing your plant seeds directly into an airtight jar with some water.