Herbal healing and comfrey ointment recipe

On Saturday I attended a herbal first aid day course at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Not only did it add to my knowledge about the healing powers of some of our native plants, it also made me think about gardening in a whole new light.  Until now, I’ve grown vegetables for eating and…

Growing ferns in Scotland

My first experience of ferns and gardening came a couple of years ago when I had to shift a well-established one that was starting to dislodge part of my allotment fencing. Anyone who’s ever had the lucky experience of digging up a fern will know that their roots go a lot deeper than expected. It…

Read my new Scot’s Magazine gardening blog

I’m very privileged to feature in Scot’s Magazine this month and to be writing a weekly blog on the magazine’s website throughout July. My first entry offers some top tips on how to grow lettuce leaves, and the second entry – up today – is about how to encourage wildlife into your garden to help it thrive…

The flowers of Fife and Cambo Estate

I spent this weekend in Fife, braced for a cool and wet blast of weather as per the forecast. We went for a trip to St Andrews to visit the museum and took a walk through the University grounds where there were colourful tulips and primulas in abundance. Contrary to expectations, the sun burnt through…

How to make your garden a fragrant paradise

I was lucky enough to move into a new house at the end of last year with a beautiful little back garden which faces onto a tranquil canal.  Last weekend I lifted some of the gravel from a small 3m x 1m space beside the back door, laid down some compost and planted a climbing…

Easter outdoor activities and Glasgow’s Green Year

Anything that encourages people to get outdoors and involved in nature and the environment wins my backing.  That’s why (as a proud Glaswegian) I’m very interested in 2015 being ‘Glasgow’s Green Year’. This is a programme being driven forward by Glasgow City Council to get citizens to take an interest in sustainability.  It basically consists…