The Guardian’s Alys Fowler is always worth a read. I loved her first book The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It and her BBC tv series (recently re-aired on the Good Food channel). You can also follow Alys Fowler on Twitter at

This week she shares her top money-saving tips for gardeners.


Hello, hello, after a long absence I’ve decided to rekindle my blog. A lot has happened over the past few years including our two little girls – Lottie and Maddie – so gardening has taken a back seat. But now we’ve moved and I’m lucky enough to have acquired a large-ish garden to grow flowers, veggies and let the girls run around in.

"girls in the knaresborough garden"

I had so many lovely positive comments the first time around, I’d like to continue to share my gardening photos with you, gardening tips from all over the web and useful gardening Tweets.

"chard and kale seedlings"

"apple blossom"

Not completely finalized, but this is my allotment planting plan for 2009. I’ve rotated the beds from last year so hopefully that should work in my favour. I’m also going to try making some willow branch wigwams soon to grow my peas and beans over. I’ve got a large willow tree looming over my plot and pinching all the light so I think some serious pruning is in order.

Plus I’ve starting some indoor sowing and after a beautiful day today, it finally feels like spring has really sprung. I can’t wait to get going!


Nice article by Dan Pearson in this week’s Observer magazine on what to grow on your allotment this year.

Dan Pearson - Got to pick a packet or two

Dan Pearson - Got to pick a packet or two

I think I might take his advice on the french beans this time round as the dwarf variety I grew last year were buckling under their own weight midway through the season:

…and I did! Ok, ok, it’s been months since I last posted, but I have a decent excuse and this is it – or her rather! Meet little Lottie, my 10 month old daughter who’s already been introduced to the joys of gardening. Hopefully she’ll be able to help me with the digging and planting (well maybe some light weeding at first). Anyway the plot’s been dug so roll on the 2009 growing season.

Another mini harvest tonight – this time of my red shallots that have got away from me slightly, though to be honest I wasn’t sure when to dig them up. I also took quite a few pictures of the other things that are growing in my garden…*obsessed*

The only thing I’m avoiding doing is weeding…maybe I’ll get the dog on that one… “Midge!”…

Found lurking behind the broccoli! I did plant him, I just hadn’t expected him to get so big so quickly.

“not more weeding”, she barked 🙂

My first potatoes…they made a lovely sunday lunch!

Fresh and sweet – I present my first peas! These are a variety called “Kelvendon Wonder” and they’re lovely.

More about Ragged Radishes…

Ragged Radishes is the garden allotment blog of Lucy Crosbie (that's me). As a novice allotment owner, I took on plot no. 27 at the Burras Lane site in Otley, West Yorkshire in Oct 2006. I've now moved to a lovely house with a large garden in Knaresborough.

Have a read, or just a nosey around and please feel free to comment on my posts and photos...

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