With Easter just around the corner, get the kids
excited and outdoors with this DIY Ravishing Radish growing project. Did you
know? Radishes are ready to harvest in only 25 days! Making them the perfect
hiding spot for those secret treats and treasure quests. Radishes are also
loaded with fabulous vits and mins. When transformed into candy radish apples,
they become the perfectly disguised veggie sweetie.
Prepare a loose, nutrient-rich soil
bed for the babies in a sunny spot. Veggie compost is available at your GCA
Garden Centre, where you can also purchase radish seeds.
Sow the seeds directly into your
beds by popping a seed on your finger, then gently pressing it down into the
soil about half a cm deep. Cover the small holes by sprinkling soil over the
Water lightly once sowed and
continue to water daily. Make sure your soil doesn’t dry out completely, but
doesn’t stay muddy either.
After just 3 weeks, you can check
the progress of your radishes by unearthing some of the top soil to see the
Top tip: Pull younger radishes for
crisp roots and a milder flavour. After 20 days, pull one out and test it for
yourself. Radishes left in the ground too long will be very hot and pithy in
Candy Radish Recipe
12 washed and dried radishes
12 long skewer sticks
3 cups of sugar
Half a cup of light corn syrup
1 cup of water
Half a teaspoon of red food
A cooking thermometer
A sheet of baking paper
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water
in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
Bring it to a boil and cook the
mixture until it reaches 150°C (the hard crack stage).
Remove the candy mixture from the
heat and carefully stir in the red food colouring.
One by one, dip the radishes into
the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to
drip back into the pan.
Transfer the coated apples to the baking
sheet and allow to cool until the candy has fully hardened.
*Top tip: Pick young radishes for a mild zing that
will complement the sweet candy coating nicely. Small radishes can also be made
into sweet-zesty candied lollies on a stick.
Enjoy sowing ravishing radishes, reinventing the candy apple, and Easter treasure hunts in the garden! Radishes are a great snack for the Easter Bunny and make super hiding spots for chocolate eggs. This DIY is a great opportunity to show kids that having green fingers is cool and sweet. Pulling their own radishes from the ground offers an exciting reward to the young gardener, who will certainly be telling the family that THEY did it all on their own – how awesome!