Friday, January 20, 2012

Horseradish ( How To Grow )

               Hello! and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou, we are happy you are with us today.      

                Today Marilou and I would like to talk about another vegetable that is sometimes forgotten, we are talking about Horseradish, either you love it or you hate it. I can remember back as a small boy, my Dad and Mom eating Horseradish, and they would try to get my little brother and I to eat it, we just could not stand the taste, but Dad and Mom loved it.  

                Horseradish is a root vegetable and it is sometimes classified as an herb. Horseradish will just about grow anywhere you plant it, and you should not plant it in your garden, Horseradish grows so fast you need to plant it by it self, if not it could take your garden over ( Horseradish grows so quickly).      

                There are two popular variety of Horseradish, the most popular we were told for the USA is Maliner Kren, and the second runner up is Wasabe Horseradish which is a relative to the Maliner Kren Horseradish. the Wasabe Horseradish is used a whole lot in stir fry in Asian cooking.    

                Horseradish, will grow very fast and it does not need much attention. Horseradish grows faster and better in cool weather, but it will grow in hot weather too. We will share with you how to plant and grow Horseradish, but there are a few things to keep in mind, just like anything when it comes to planting.    

1. Find a good spot out of your way and out of your garden, horseradish likes ( Full Sun ).      

2. Horseradish is a root vegetable, so you will need to dig down in the soil 12 inches. Use your garden tiller and till the soil up well, pick up all the rocks, roots and grass.    

3.After tilling your soil, add 2 to 3 inches of aged cow or horse manure, or if you wish add 2 to 3 inches of compost, using your garden tiller mix in well, make sure to dig down to 12 inches. After tilling, take your garden rake and level the soil.    

4. Using your garden hoe, make your row or rows 3 inches deep.  Horseradish comes in roots not seeds, you plant roots when you plant horseradish.  

5. Plant your horseradish 3 inches deep and 12 inches apart, if planting more than 1 row, make rows 36 inches apart, horseradish has big long dark green leaves.

6. After planting, water well. Never let the soil go dry, you may need to water everyday if it is hot and dry. if you get rain do not water, you could cause the roots to rot. To test your soil to see if it need watering, just stick your finger down 3 to 4 inches in the soil. If you feel any moisture or wetness, your soil is OK for today, check it the same way tomorrow.  

7. Day To Harvest: If you plant your roots in early spring, you can harvest in 180 to 240 days. They will have a better flavor if you leave them in after 2 to 3 frosts.  

                                                          ( Enjoy Your Horseradish )  

             Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou. wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.