Vegmonkey and the Mrs.

Vegetable growing in a very small space in Cheltenham

Mad English weather / What we are planting… February 1, 2008

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Onion sets ready for planting veeerrrryyyy soon…ish 

Mad English Weather 

When will this weather end! I do like the rain and i don’t really mind the wind or cold temperatures but not altogether! My homemade greenhouse met a sticky end as it was ripped from its home attached to the wall and unceremoniously hurled towards the Senshyu Onions, who, up until then, were growing quite happily! Soil was thrown everywhere, pots upturned and Spring onions evicted from their plastic trays after overwintering well. Looking on the brightside, it made me think about the organisation of the garden…if the greenhouse won’t stay, then i’ll move it!

It ended up being the coldframe that got moved, from the back wall to the side wall. Here it quite bizarrely fits quite nicely and will be a lot more easily accessible. The greenhouse is homeless at present.

What we are planting

I thought i’d post what i’m planting too. A lot of the varieties are ideal for a small garden for one reason or another, whether it be the short growing time, long cropping, winter hardiness or small size. I’ve grouped them by bed for each of reference. The planting plan is here for cross referencing if need be. I’d be very interested to hear if anyone has had any successes or failures with these varieties.


Brussel Sprouts – Bedford – Winter Harvest

Radish – Sparkler 3

Swede – Magres

Turnip – Purple Top Milan

Cauliflower – All Year Round and Winter Walcheren Pilgrim

Purple Sprouting Broccoli – Summer Purple and Rudolph


Pumpkin/Squash – Jack-be-little, Uchiki Kuri and Burgess Vine Buttercup

Courgette – Defender (long ones) and Tondo di Piacenza (round ones)


Peas – Feltham First

Runner Beans – Some Navy Blue ones from next door! and Painted Lady

Dwarf French Bean – Borlotto Firetongue

Mangetout – Oregon Sugar Pod


Leek – Musselburgh Improved

Spring Onion – White Lisbon and Laser

Onion Sets – Sturon and Red Baron (not heat treated – worried may bolt!)

Parsnip – Countess F1 (last years seeds so may not be viable)

Carrot – Autumn King 2 and Purple Haze F1

Leafy Stuff

Lettuce – All year round, Pandero (Cos) and Granada

Spinach – Oriental Mikado F1, Tirza F1, Emilia

Rocket – Skyrocket (looks brilliant) and wild rocket

Endive – Bianca Riccia da Taglio

Mizuna – Mizuna

Swiss Chard – Bright Lights


Rosemary, Sweet Genovese Basil, Coriander Delfino, Plain leaved parsley, Envy Parsley, Chives, Coriander


Tomato – Oregon Spring, Ailsa Craig and Gardener’s Delight

Pepper – Pretty in Purple Rainbow Chile Pepper, Sweet Orange Baby and Californian Wonder

Sweetcorn – Lark F1

Anything not on the planting plan will be either in pots, hanging baskets or attached to a bed in a currently unknown place! Bring on the warmer weather!


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