Sunday, October 14, 2012

Radish production in soil benches

Ajay Nair
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University

Students from the HORT 471 class (Vegetable Production and Management) conducted experiments to assess the feasibility of growing vegetables in soil benches. They chose radish as one of their crops and learned about growing a radish from seed to completion. They made decisions on crop spacing, nutrient and irrigation management, harvest timing, and assessed the final quality of the produce. The video below illustrates the project.

In Iowa to boost local food supply during winter months, leafy and some root vegetables could be grown in soil benches provided adequate amount of heat is available. Growing crops that are adapted to cool conditions and do not require much heat, could increase the supply of locally grown produce during fall and winter months.

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