Gardening services – make your garden bonnie

If you would like some help with your garden, please get in touch. My ethos is simple – I treat every garden I work in with the respect and care that I give to my own garden.  That is what all gardeners should do. I offer a full range of gardening services, maintenance and advice for…

Bring a spot of paradise to your garden

As I’m sure is the case for many gardeners, Monty Don is my hero – I await his monthly Gardeners World magazine column with eager anticipation, I devour his books and I love watching him on TV. I really enjoyed his recent Paradise Gardens series on BBC2 which was all about gardens inspired by the…

Infographic – grow your own herbs

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavour to meals and they are easy to grow from seed at home. Now is the time to sow seeds of lots of culinary herbs including basil, rosemary and thyme. Keep them on a warm windowsill or propagator until they germinate then prick the seedlings out and…

Edible Gardening Guide for Beginners

Gardening is a fantastic past time and spending time outdoors is a great way to keep mind, body and soul in great shape. Planting from scratch is incredibly rewarding and you’ll be treated to a riot of colour in your garden come summer. If you are interested in food and cookery then you should try…

Scotland’s gardens open to the public

Plantaholics, wildlife lovers and grow-your-own newbies are in for a treat this year as over 450 gardens open to the public for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to help raise money for charity. Gardens of all sizes – in cities and villages, islands and lochs – will unlatch their gates  to welcome visitors throughout the year.  Fifty-seven outdoor spaces will…

Caring for wild birds in Winter – infographic

Winter can be a  hard time for wild birds, particularly when the ground is frozen. Food is often in short supply and they need to eat plenty to keep up their reserves to stay warm. Encouraging them into your garden, through feeding, not only helps them to survive but you will also have the pleasure…

Guide to companion planting

Companion planting is a subject which has always interested me since I first started gardening in an allotment.  Whether you plant onions with carrots to prevent carrot fly or nasturtiums with courgettes to encourage pollination, it makes far more sense to plant in a natural way than to use chemicals and other unnatural deterrents to…

Adding a touch of luxury to your garden

Is your garden getting a little boring and do you feel it lacks personality and life despite all your hard work? Fear not, hopefully this post will help to give you and your garden a new lease of life. Source: Pexels First of all, it’s important to remember that getting some inspiration is never a…

Staying warm for Winter

When it gets to late Autumn in Scotland the cold temperatures dip and start to bother me, but never enough to put me off gardening.  Gardening is what I enjoy doing most and it’s also how I make a living so I’m always eager to find out more about why we suffer from the cold…

There’s more to gardening than mowing the lawn

Think back to when you first moved into your house. Was the garden a big selling point? Did you admire how pretty it was and all the potential for that outdoor space? Life has a habit of getting in the way when it comes to personal projects that we’d like to carry out around the…

Make your garden more pet friendly

All animal lovers know that our gardens are not just for us to enjoy, but also our pets. Planning a garden to accommodate the animal members of your family is not always easy in terms of safety and aesthetics, so if you are struggling with where to start, then read on for our top tips…

An outdoor girl’s guide to improving air quality at home

I consider myself very lucky for getting to spend so much of my life outdoors – when I’m not working in gardens or doing my own garden I’m walking the dog or finding another way of getting a fresh air hit. The downside to that means that the indoors can feel quite stifling to me,…

Garden jobs for Autumn

It definitely feels as if Autumn has arrived and for many people the dark nights and chilly days mean there’s a temptation to spend less time in the garden.  However, there’s plenty still to do and it’s important to make sure you find the time to get on with the Autumn jobs – for the…