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I must be really getting into this growing lark as spent the last hour or so transcribing a vegetable sowing and planting calendar that I got with a copy of ‘Grow your own‘. I’ve posted it here (in excel format) for people to download. It’s designed to print landscape on A4. Let me know if you have any problems downloading.

Download at or click on the image below.

Vegetable Chart


Quick post to show a little site I’ve put together for a brilliant scottish artist by the name of John Wetten Brown. I discovered John’s paintings of scottish landscapes and seascapes when I received a birthday card with one of his fab views of Skye.

His style is quirky and full of bold colours. He plays with perspective which gives his work a unique style and helps to bring the scenes alive.

Visit the site at:

John Wetten Brown - scottish artist of landscapes and seascapes

I’ve just picked up a note at the local supermarket for a forthcoming Open Day on Saturday, 10th Feb 10am-3pm at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate

“Free Open Day on growing your own veg, talks, advice, demonstrations, children’s activities, displays, meet the TV programme contributors.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB Tel: 01423 565 418 email:

Handy for anybody around the Harrogate area – and if it’s too wet and windy you can always pop into Betty’s Tea Rooms for a fat rascal!

RHS Grow Your Own Veg

Take a look at the ‘Grow Your Own Veg’ book by Carol Klein for more vegetable growing advice to support the BBC2 series.

A fair bit of progress since my last panorama taken 21 Oct 06…

allotment panorama

Midge watches on while I get to grips with heaps of manure! Well at least I’m having fun (I think) 😉

But all in all good progress this weekend. I’ve found a good source of manure from a nearby stables which I’ve begun to dig in to the main plot. I’ve also started a ‘hotbed’, planted out my Rhubarb (Victoria) and whilst I was planted it discovered another one already well on its way.

I’ve started watching a TV programme called ‘Grow Your Own Veg‘ that’s just begun on Friday at 8:30pm on BBC2 which should come in handy. Plus Sue (Mark’s mum) dug out an article from the paper that had some good tips and also had an offer to get a free veg starter pack open to the first 1,000 registrants at

Some early starters for 2007 ready for the cold frame – from herbs and strawberries to caulis and annuals.

Just looking for help with my companion planting for my veg plot and came across a handy little table…

Plant Good Companions Bad
Basil Pepper, Tomato, Marigold  
Bush Beans Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Strawberry, Savory, Tansy, Marigold Onion
Pole Beans Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Savory, Tansy Beets, Onion
Beets Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Sage  
Cabbage Family Bush Beans, Beets, Celery, Onions, Tomato, All Strong Herbs, Marigold, Nasturtium Strawberry
Carrots Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radish, Tomato, Sage Dill
Celery Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Spinach, Tomato  
Corn Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cucumber, Melons, Peas, Squash Tomato
Cucumbers Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Corn, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Radish, Marigold, Nasturtium, Savory No Strong Herbs
Eggplant Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Spinach  
Lettuce Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onion, Radish, Strawberries  
Melons Corn, Nasturtium, Radish  
Onion Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pepper, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Savory Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Peas
Parsley Tomato  
Peas Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Radish, Turnips Onion
Pepper Onion  
Radish Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Peas, Squash Hyssop
Spinach Celery, Eggplant, Cauliflower  
Squash Corn, Onion, Radish  
Strawberry Bush Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach Cabbage
Tomato Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onion, Mint Corn, Fennel

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.

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