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Planting Horseradish

Postby Durgan » Oct 05, 2008 3:48 pm

Planting Horseradish
http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?RVJLF 5 October 2008 Planting Horseradish
(Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia)

Tow horseradish plants were placed in the ground to overwinter. These two plants were started from root shoots on the 19 July 2008 to give the plants a good start.

I was told that the root depth can be limited by placing a board in the bottom of the planting hole, so I am experimenting to see if this makes digging easier next year. I happen to have a few square foot spruce boards so used them.

The hole is about a foot deep with sand in the bottom, then the flat board, then a shovel full of compost, then back filled with good soil mixed with a bit of sand.

I use the small rototiller for mixing soil in the wheelbarrow, when required. It sure beats shoveling and the result is ideal.
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Re: Planting Horseradish

Postby Mervyn » Oct 06, 2008 9:19 pm

Perhaps a common method for potatoes would work well in making it easier to harvest ? The one I'm thnking of is to have two or three spare tires stacked, with soil in them.

or maybe just a box made of wood you can take apart later.??
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Re: Planting Horseradish

Postby Durgan » Oct 06, 2008 9:54 pm

Mervyn wrote:Perhaps a common method for potatoes would work well in making it easier to harvest ? The one I'm thnking of is to have two or three spare tires stacked, with soil in them.

or maybe just a box made of wood you can take apart later.??


There is nothing easier than digging potatoes. Fork in and potatoes out. That silly tire nonsense is amongst the dumbest methods ever devised. It is time the method died. The story is like the phoenix and keeps rising mostly from dumb articles in gardening magazines. I might add similar to growing tomatoes upside down.

Horseradish is another story, due to the root tentacles. One has to dig a hole about the size of a grave to get the roots out without breaking. Short roots make scaling a tedious job, but if long and unbroken little effort is required.
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