Decimated Radish Crop

If you're just starting out in the world of kitchen garden growing, then this is the place to ask for help. Our experienced forum members may have the answer you need!

Moderators: KG Steve, Chantal, Tigger, peter, Chief Spud

daxtell71
KG Regular
Posts: 20
Joined: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:53 am
Location: Oxfordshire
x 10
Contact:

Decimated Radish Crop

Postby daxtell71 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:20 pm

After tending my first planting ever of Radish which were growing beautifully I came down this morning to find Catapillars of different shades having a feast. Having spent most of my time chasing off cabbage white butterfly.

Which is good exercise!

What can I do to a deter them and save my crop?

Or is there bo hope other than picking the little blighters of and sticking them on the ivy bush.

Best wishes

Debs
DSCN1242.JPG
Radish :-(
DSCN1242.JPG (5.06 MiB) Viewed 661 times
0 x
Daxtell71 :D

How many beans make five? :lol:
Monika
KG Regular
Posts: 4390
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:13 pm
Location: Yorkshire Dales
x 725

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

Postby Monika » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 pm

Cover with butterfly netting but make sure you first remove any eggs or caterpillars already on the plants!
1 x
Westi
KG Regular
Posts: 4821
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:46 pm
Location: Christchurch, Dorset
x 862

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

Postby Westi » Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:37 pm

Hi daxtell71!

You are certainly getting a baptism of fire with the naughty things finding your crops. I don't have too much problem with radish except for flea beetle, but enough other challenges like blight etc. Just in case you have any planted also cover your leeks as they get leek moth damage which is gross with the grubs tunnelled through layers of your wonderful plant & they can collapse the whole thing!

On a positive these have a season & then die off because of the cold & you can uncover things & your space doesn't seem quite such a miss-mash of creative solutions but a proper display that your toil & sweat created!
1 x
Westi
daxtell71
KG Regular
Posts: 20
Joined: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:53 am
Location: Oxfordshire
x 10
Contact:

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

Postby daxtell71 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:15 pm

Just noticed one radish has started to flower! Is this a good thing or do I need to remove like with Rhubarb? Thanks :-)
0 x
Daxtell71 :D

How many beans make five? :lol:
Monika
KG Regular
Posts: 4390
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:13 pm
Location: Yorkshire Dales
x 725

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

Postby Monika » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:24 pm

If it flowers, it's already too late. The radish will be hard and inedible. Make sure you give the whole lot a good watering - radishes are thirsty things. They want to grow fast and lush without dry spells.
1 x
Westi
KG Regular
Posts: 4821
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:46 pm
Location: Christchurch, Dorset
x 862

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

Postby Westi » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:34 pm

It is bolting & will be tough as a root but the other option is let them seed as apparently the seed pods taste good. I've not tried them but read about them, but somehow forget & toss the radish when it flowers instead of giving them a try. Check it out & let them seed! Better to use part than waste & things I have read say not as hot as the radish but still mustard tasting & good in salads & stir fries!

Actually thanks for bringing this up as forgot completely & have a wee bed of radish behaving badly!
1 x
Westi

Return to “Growing Advice for beginners”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest