I grew these radishes in Zone 10A. So I guess starting them in Mid January indoors, I would presume that would make sense.I thought the object of your message was to grow long straight radishes organically. The main thing you did wrong was to transplant them. Very few root crops can be transplanted. By transplanting you slowed down the rate of growth. That variety of radish, Candelo di Fuoco, is an early-mid season radish and matures in about 35-40 days from planting of seed. If you would have direct sowed the seed you would have had straight radishes and a lot sooner too.
Thanks for taking the time to share your much-appreciated expertise, now I know who to contact when I have an issueIn 10A you can direct sow at any time. The reason that your radishes were crooked is because when you transplanted the seedlings the root was bent and that root would become the future radish. Also if you fertilize earlier the roots will form into the actual radish earlier. There is an organic product called Sluggo Plus that is the cure for slugs and snails. 100% organic and OMRI rated. I too am a totally organic gardener and would never use anything on my food not totally organic. I don't have a snail and slug problem but I do have a pill bug problem and the Sluggo Plus works wonders on them too.
Diatomaceous earth I did a Google search for it at first glance it looks like some sort of white powder.I've never heard of transplanting radishes. They are among, if not the easiest , garden veggie to start from seed. Here in zone 8, I can start them in the garden any time except the very hottest months of July and August...could start them then but they would not produce in the heat.
Last year I noticed the local box store was selling corn plants for transplanting...and astonishingly people were actually. buying them. I just shook my head in amazement.
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