Cultivating daikon is a great way to enjoy something very different in your vegetable garden.
This monstrous radish produces an abundance of edible greens, grows in silt and clay, and produces a bountiful crop of huge sweet radishes that store very well, great for humans, deer and fodder.
Deer rapidly become addicted to the foliage and the produce, so as well as being a plentiful human source of food, these radishes bring in the game.
Planting daikon radishes is not difficult and once you learn how to grow daikon radish plants, you will be able to enjoy them year round in some places or replant them each year in other regions.
A daikon is a Chinese radish (Raphanus sativus longipinnatus), also known as lobok and oriental radish. Daikon has large roots, and some of the biggest varieties can weigh up to 50 pounds. The most common types weigh from 1 to 2 pounds at maturity and can have up to a 2-foot leaf spread.