Oh, my love’s like a red, red…radish? Or the joy of growing one’s own dinner


Even if I say so myself, with radishes as beautiful as these, you can see why Mother of Rapunzel so craved them that she sent poor Father of Rapunzel scrabbling over the witch woman’s garden wall on nightly radish-scrumping missions.

We all know what trouble that led to, and hopefully there will be no similar repercussions (whether the enforced letting down of over-long hair from tall towers or the scratching out of princely eyes ) from eating these dear little Cherry Belle radishes. Because eaten them we have. They took pride of place in the salad that accompanied Friday night’s dinner.

And the secret of this particularly successful, if small-scale production, was to grow them in a large plastic flower pot inside my allotment polytunnel. You can see them growing in the bottom left-hand corner, along with the component parts of many other future dinners:



This week at the Daily Post photo challenge the theme is:

Apologies to Robert Burns for the radish intrusion.

Also I don’t think Jude has yet featured radishes in her April garden close-ups challenge.

45 thoughts on “Oh, my love’s like a red, red…radish? Or the joy of growing one’s own dinner

  1. I love your stylistic inversions (“eaten them we have”) – you do it often and it works. I also like your references – I didn’t know that about Rapunzel. I’m looking forward to more food photography as you eat your way through your garden. J’s a bit green-eyed, having left a flourishing garden behin in Australia.

  2. We do not grow food … or actually we do, but the birds and critters get to it before we do. We have neighbors who grow tomatoes and squash and other things and sometimes, we are the lucky recipients of their largess. I’m convinced that their fruits and veggies taste better than anything else I get to eat all year.

    1. That is true. Home grown varieties, and home compost all help to add flavour. The problem with mass produced veg is that the varieties have been bred to be pest resistant. And if they don’t attract bugs, then they don’t usually have a lot of flavour. But keeping off the garden pests is a nightmare. At the allotment the pigeons sit on the power lines and watch what everyone’s doing. Everything as to be netted, which is very very boring.

  3. Rapunzel by way of Robbie Burns; love it! And my mouth was watering at that beautiful image. I love radishes! I haven’t grown them for a few years and I’m not sure many ever made it inside to a salad. Yum.

      1. Swiss Chard? Never heard of it.

        Have no idea about the fleece. I remember the missus wrapping the young banana tree in some cloth of some description a couple of years ago. Could have been hessian?

      2. Yes, hessian for trees. Fleece is white thin tissue like fabric that you can use to protect plants, usually to be found at garden centres.

  4. They look delicious, Trish, and what a joy to eat what you’ve grown. I went to the opening day of a nearby French market this morning, a market that sells all sorts of things other than just food, and picked up a few things. But the prices were rather outrageous. Have to plan on growing things in pots this year, at least a few things.


  5. I’m a radish addict – all year long… the French use to eat them with salty butter, but I like them “nature”… 🙂
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    P.S. I’ve never cooked radish leave “potage”: seems to be delicious… 🙂

  6. They look delicious. I am quite partial to a radish. Your green stuff seems to be growing well too! I must try planting some salads and herbs. No polytunnel, but I guess the conservatory might do?

    1. Conservatory will be fine as long as you can ventilate same when it gets hot. If you’ve got a sheltered spot, rocket, radish and lettuce would probably get going outside now.

      1. Isn’t that always the case? Nothing is ever perfect. Still I shall be happy once we get the minor irritations out of the way – hopefully at not too high a cost!

      2. Meant to say, you could forget weeding the garden for a bit, and make salad gardens in a couple of rubber bucket-trugs with holes in the bottom, or big flower pots to be more scenic.

  7. I’m envious of your radish, I’ve given up trying over here, maybe they do not like the humidity. But you have given me an idea and I will get some seed and try them in pots, during our winter they might think it is an English summer!!! Today I’m going to Bunnings, our huge hardware and garden shop, to buy annuals for winter flowering (and now some radish seed too). Now I am home and I can pamper them.

  8. Yum! I love to pick on radishes with a dash of salt and a glass of red wine before dinner – and of course homegrown would be best!

  9. I love your vegetable garden Tish, and those radishes are so tasty looking. We will be moving into our new/old house next year (if we’ve made it habitable by then) and I can’t wait to get a small polytunnel and veg garden set up. You’re photos have spurred me on.

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