Great new bag for collecting garden waste – discount for readers

I’m always looking for ways to make my daily gardening work better, more efficient and less labour intensive. Like a lot of domestic gardeners, I use a 40 litre brightly coloured trug to collect garden waste which I fill (inevitably always a little too full, and heavy!) then dispose of into a garden wheely bin. …

FlowerFest to bloom again in Lanark this May

After its inaugural success in 2018, Lanark’s FlowerFest will return to central Scotland’s Castlebank Park from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019. The Royal Burgh of Lanark lies at the head of the Garden Valley, and boasts Castlebank Park, perched above the River Clyde, with the restored Castlebank Gardens and newly developed Horticultural Centre,…

Designing A Garden To Match Your Home Style

I often get asked about garden design – particularly by people who have new build properties and have to design their garden from scratch.  Lucky them! So when Puma Landscaping in Edinburgh got in touch with me to ask about a collaboration on my blog I was really keen to get their ideas around different…

Feng Shui and your garden – Infographic

I’ve always been intrigued by Feng Shui – the idea that we can use energy forces to harmonise ourselves with our surrounding environment. That being said I’ve only ever thought about it in relation to indoor spaces, rather than outdoor ones. However, I’ve come to learn that the garden is an area which can be…

Haramaki – the key to staying warm while gardening

Anyone who knows me is well aware of how badly I feel the cold.  Winter is obviously the worst season but even a cold and wet day in late Spring or early Summer is enough to make my fingers and toes turn white and a bit numb!  For someone who spends most of their time…

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…