what's wrong with our radishes?
For several years we have grown radishes that were superb! But the past two years, including this spring of 2020, most of our radishes have blemishes and split open. I can clean them up and prepare them to eat (and they do taste OK) but something is happening that is not good! I hope you can help me out on this.
Alpena County Michigan
Thank you for your question. We all see those pictures of the perfect bunch of radishes; however, radishes can have problems. Radishes can crack or split because of age or a sudden increase in soil moisture. Prompt harvesting and even soil moisture can help. Radishes can also have pests. The shoulder nibbles could be slugs, although there can be other culprits (mice, cabbage maggots. etc.) Some non- toxic slug bait can help. Don't give the slugs a place to hide. Rotating crops will be a benefit. Don't follow root crops with root crops.
I hope this helps,