Thomas J. Story
Is there anything the vegetable can’t do these days? Edibles are cropping up in decor, landscaping, even wreaths. We were
inspired by the radishes out now (we got ours from Capay Organic) to make this one ― but you could try citrus, baby artichokes,
or whatever else catches your eye at the farmers’ market. Capay Organic ships in Northern California.
How to make your own radish wreath
A radish wreath ― or any wreath made out of the vegetables hitting farmers’ markets now ― is a great way to celebrate spring.
If you don’t have a good place to hang a wreath, use it on the table as a centerpiece: It will dress up any dinner party or
- Wreath base/frame Get a 14-inch (or smaller) box-style wire wreath frame. Info: $1.40 each at Joann.com
- Paddle wire Look for 22-gauge wire. Info: $1.50 for 110 feet at Save-on-crafts.com
- Wire cutters
- Radishes Buy 15 to 25 bunches in a variety of colors and shapes (if that sounds like a lot, trust us; you’ll need more than you think).
- Make a bouquet of two or three radish bunches, then wrap the wire around the bouquet a few times, leaving a long strand of
wire (you’ll use it to anchor the radishes to the frame). Position the bouquet on the frame, with the radishes facing up and
the leaves toward the back. Secure the bouquet to the frame by twisting its wire around the frame, then clip off the leftover
strand of wire.
- Continue to repeat step 1, attaching each new bundle close to the radishes that are already wired on, making your way around
- After you have completed the circle, step back and see if there are any holes or uneven clusters. Attach individual bundles
or radishes where needed for a bountiful effect.
Note: Radishes should last up to two days; spritz with water to keep them looking fresh.