Daikon






Originally uploaded by mulysa_may

Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus
BRASSICACEAE, The Mustard family

The wind! It’s crazy out there today. It’s exhausting to be out in, but I want to take advantage of the few daylight hours I have in the garden this week. The winter vegetable seedlings are all coming up and need protection, so I made a cloche out of clear plastic stapled over branches.

The daikon is growing quickly. It’s on the list of things to plant in fall, but around here that means in late August or September. I hope the soil is still warm enough, and with the help of the cloche they will make it. The cherry belle radish are taking off as well, and they grow so fast I imagine they’ll produce harvestable roots. If not, the rabbits will enjoy the greens.

Daikon is good for soil building because the long taproots can break up the earth, or “till” and bring nutrients from deep in the soil into a range where they are usable for other plants. It’s also been used in bioremediation projects. The sustainable farmer/philosopher Masanobu Fukouka refers to daikon often in his writing.


About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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