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Herbal viagra reviews I had the radish pods because I’m letting a couple of plants go to seed so that I can save the seeds for next year. Herbal viagra reviews If you’ve ever seen the sprawling mess of a radish (or turnip or broccoli) plant flowering, herbal viagra reviews then you understand the origin of such colloquial phrases as “seedy hotel” or “she let herself go to seed.” On the upside, herbal viagra reviews the two radish plants that have taken over my little lettuce/mustard/onion patch are providing plenty of midday shade to keep the lettuce from bolting (suddenly growing a stalk, herbal viagra reviews becoming bitterly inedible in the process).
Herbal viagra reviews I *still* haven’t got a new battery for my camera, herbal viagra reviews so we’ll have to make do with images from elsewhere. Herbal viagra reviews Here, herbal viagra reviews courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons, herbal viagra reviews is what a radish plant looks like if you let it flower:
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Herbal viagra reviews Flower of Wild Radish (Raphanus raphinistrum, herbal viagra reviews Brassicaceae). Herbal viagra reviews Photographed 17th August 2005 in the Presidio, herbal viagra reviews San Francisco by Stephen Lea.
Herbal viagra reviews After the flowers come the seed pods, herbal viagra reviews which are bright green and about the size and shape of cayenne peppers, herbal viagra reviews with about the same variety in size and shape as such peppers, herbal viagra reviews ranging from short and plump to long and skinny. Herbal viagra reviews You can see pictures of radish pods here and here.
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Herbal viagra reviews I also discovered what vegetables really taste like. Herbal viagra reviews The juicy sharp-sweet piquancy of fresh radishes were a delightful surprise. Herbal viagra reviews Later, herbal viagra reviews I learned how very many varieties of radishes there are.
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- eat the entire seedling when you thin the plants shortly after sowing, herbal viagra reviews tossing them into salads or just rinsing and popping them into your mouth in the garden
- harvest a few leaves from each plant as it grows to toss into stir fries, herbal viagra reviews include in batches of mixed greens, herbal viagra reviews or any other use you can think of for a slightly spicy green (I like to chop them finely and cook them down with red lentils)
- use all of the greens from any plant that doesn’t seem to be forming a good root, herbal viagra reviews perhaps because you didn’t thin or water them enough
- eat the roots raw or cooked, herbal viagra reviews alone or in concert with other vegetables
- toss the flowers into salads for color and spice
- crunch young seedpods right out in the garden or bring in them inside for late-season salads
- steam or saute older seedpods
Herbal viagra reviews Did I mention that they grow so quickly that some varieties mature in as few as 21 days? That means you can plant a crop in the spring, herbal viagra reviews harvest it, herbal viagra reviews and then use the same spot to grow a summer crop of something else.
Herbal viagra reviews Anybody can grow radishes! It’s not to late for you to grow them too. Herbal viagra reviews While it’s a bit hot to start radishes here in Maryland right now (they’ll bolt — flower before forming good roots) I used to start radishes in Michigan in June. Herbal viagra reviews And anybody can wait until late summer to start radishes that will grow in the cooler autumn weather. Herbal viagra reviews
Herbal viagra reviews I hear they’re celebrating Pride in Minneapolis (where I just was) next weekend. Herbal viagra reviews Maybe I’ll join in by crunching on a radish pod while remembering the Pride weekend that inspired me to start gardening.