Why, yes it is…

John’s in South Africa, so you’re stuck with my pictures, I’m afraid.

But, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.  We grew that radish!  Truth be told, I was blind-sided by them.  There I was, weeding and trudging along – thinking any sort of harvest was many months away and BAM!  Those little pink radish heads sure are pretty sticking out of the dark brown dirt.

Fresh out of the ground, they smell like spicy dirt, maybe a bit of rainy day smell mixed with pepper.  The small ones pleasantly snapped when I bit into them, with a great burst of spicy freshness.  The larger ones were a bit hollow, and I’m guessing we just watered them a little too much.

This variety is the french “fingerling” type variety – Seeds of Change, French Breakfast Radish, to be exact.  They are a bit tall & skinny with a hot pink coloring that gradually eases into a white tip.  They’re pretty and a bit graceful looking – delicate.  I brought them inside, washed them up and tied them with a little twine for Raul, Flavio and I.  You haven’t met Flavio, yet.  But, I’ll make that happen, soon.  He’s going to be supporting Raul and helping John with our livestock operation.

The rest of the garden is looking good, too.  Everything’s shooting up, surprisingly so.  I’m amazed at the energy of our earth and those little seeds.  How does that happen?  Quite amazing, really.

I’m showing you my weeded section.  But, let’s be honest… here’s what it looked like pre-weeding, a veritable “Where’s Waldo?” of edible plants.

But, post-weeding is so pretty.

The crazy part is, the pests don’t go after weeds.  How do they know?  It seems there is a universal edibleness to our world.  I find that fascinating.  Yes, weeds are a bugger, but one little glimpse of a hot pink radish top sticking up from that dark brown dirt is all it takes.

xo – Organic Spark

I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change.  I received product and exclusive content to facilitate my post.  My thoughts and opinions are my own and not those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.


  • Beautiful garden and beautiful radishes!!

    June 26, 2011
  • john Chester

    I’m amazed at your photography. Need to get home quick before you replace me (-;

    June 26, 2011
  • i am so enjoying living vicariously as you live the good life and farm the land – your pics are lovely – own them!!! Radishes are a French chefs favorite snack with butter and salt.

    June 26, 2011
  • Your plants look lovely. A lot of those weeds in your picture are purslane, which you probably know is edible, too!

    June 26, 2011
  • Yay Molly, these pretty radishes are a true treat, especially because you grew & photographed them on your own :)

    June 26, 2011
  • Mom

    Of course we cannot wait to have our resident photographer return from South Africa…for many reasons. BUT, his “stand-in” is doing an amazing job. And those radishes are not the only thing growing on this beautiful farm, even this mature, gray-haired lady is learning and learning and learning from our great opportunity here. Who knew?

    June 26, 2011
  • Your garden is doing so well! I’ve been battling the weeds and animals like crazy, but mine is big and growing… I love the raised trenches you made.

    June 26, 2011
  • wow – you are living the dream, baby! i cannot wait to come out. let’s make a plan and I would love to bring the kids. I am sure they would love to come and dig in the mud! and save me some of these radishes – a little ricotta, toasted whole grain bread and some sea salt and I am one happy gal!

    June 27, 2011
  • Allison

    It looks like some of the “weeds” you eradicated were purslane. Sure hope you enjoyed eating them. If not, if I gave you my address, would you send the next batch to me? I adore purslane and when you search it on the internet you’ll be blown away by how nutritious it is. And did I add delicious? And a delicacy?

    I had to give up my garden this summer to prepare our house for moving and I am drooling over such an abundance of purslane while I no longer have any. Sob.

    June 27, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      They are purslane! I had no idea! I’ll have to try them… thanks!

      July 9, 2011

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