These are grown for their use as salads. They are fairly easy to cultivate, and do not need a great deal of attention. They like a well cultivated soil with plenty of manure worked into it. They can be grown as catch crops. The seed should be sown thinly, in drills 1½ inches deep and 1 foot apart. This should be done in February or March. It is not necessary to thin the seedlings as they may be pulled as they become ready for use.
To secure a continuous supply sowings may be made at fortnightly intervals throughout the season. Radishes should not be exposed to too much sun, as this will cause the roots to be pungent and stringy.
Some of the best varieties for the amateurs garden are: L First of All. Scarlet and white.
French Breakfast; Sparkler; Scarlet Queen. Bright Scarlet
Suitable for autumn Long China Rose.) and winter salads. Shallots. These plants are very ex-tensively grown, more particularly on allotments. They can, when ripe, be used for pickling.
They will grow in any soil which has been well enriched with manure. Plant in March or April, setting the bulbs 4-6 inches apart in drills 1 inch deep and 1 foot apart. The soil should be drawn lightly round the bulbs, leaving the tips protruding. The bulbs generally split up, forming smaller bulbs. These will do-. velop until they are as large as the parent plants.
As the leaves turn yellow, they should be lifted and left to die on the ground if the weather is One, but in wet or showery weather they should be placed under cover. When the bulbs have become quite firm, they may be stored in a cool, airy shed.
If any of the bulbs are to be saved for planting the next season, only the firmest should be chosen.