To end the 12-bed amendment experiment, we conducted a taste-test of the turnips and radishes:
The radish variety was Red King, the turnip variety was White Lady. Both are hybrid varieties.
We grew these roots in 12 beds, of which only 6 gave us good yields, those being the alfalfa, charged biochar, Solomon’s gold, lasagna garden, worm castings and 10-10-10 beds. Five of the other 12 beds were fed with liquid feeds which were not enough to provide good yields; the final bed was sown with solely a cover crop.
Flavor Notes on Radishes:
Worm Castings: Sweet, pleasant, very nice
Lasagna Garden: Harder, less crisp, more bite – more flavor than worm castings radish
Alfalfa: Crisp, mild flavor less than lasagna, more so than worm castings, pleasant radish
Charged Biochar: Very good flavor and texture, sweetest, a little burn, juicy
10-10-10: Earthy, woody edges, most spicy of all, a bit bitter
Solomon’s Gold: Mild, complex, more burn than biochar, not as sweet as biochar
Radishes Ranked by Overall Flavor:
1. Charged Biochar
2. Solomon’s Gold
4. Worm Castings
5. Lasagna Garden
Flavor Notes on Turnips
Worm Castings: Mild, sweet, bland
Lasagna Garden: Juicy, sweet, mild
Alfalfa: Great texture, juicy, very mild, buttery
Biochar: Denser texture, more crunch, earthier, sweet
10-10-10: Rubbery, poor flavor, somewhat bitter, “like what you think of when you think of turnips”
Solomon’s Gold: Great texture, more crunch, very juicy, sulfury zip, more complex flavor
Turnips Ranked by Overall Flavor:
1. Alfalfa/Solomon’s Gold
3. Worm castings
4. Lasagna Garden
With these results in mind, I am building a bed fed with layers of manure and alfalfa, as well as charged biochar and an application of Solomon’s Gold. I will post a video on its construction soon.
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I would love to see you do this again but with carrots. I think we all know how carrots vary so much in flavor, and of course the season always has something to do with it (veg build up more sugars in winter as a natural anti-freeze). I would love to have carrots so sweet I never have to peel them!
Thank you for running this radish and turnip test! Very informative!
Man, I hate growing carrots… the germination just bugs me! But it would be a good taste test.
Thanks for the experiment.
What is the PH of your soil and do you think the results would be different between acidic and alkaline soils?
My ph is 5.4 Yes, I think the results would be better if we had a more alkaline soil, but would get worse again over pH 7 or so.