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…