Encouraging wildlife into your garden

An afternoon in the garden wouldn’t be the same without the buzz of a bumblebee, the chirp of the song thrush or the colourful flash of a butterfly. It’s a gardeners duty  to help wildlife along – whether that’s by offering food to the birds, providing insects with some healthy plants to live on, or creating a…

From classical music to superfoods – plants are just like us

2015 hasn’t been a show stopping year on the vegetable patch.  Lots of rain and muggy conditions led to a serious infestation of slugs which not only ate most of my seedlings, but appear to have had a field day demolishing some of the more established cabbage and kale on the plot.  On top of…

Why there’s so many reasons to love a sedum

At this time of year I can honestly say that I spend more time weeding than I do growing new plants or tending to my vegetables. While July is a glorious month in the garden for delphinium, red hot pokers (knautia macedonia), lathyrus and dianthus, it’s also a month where I find low maintenance plants…

How to grow veg using just 1sq ft

I love the idea of square foot gardening. By following a simple and straightforward formula, anyone with even the smallest of outdoor spaces can grow their own fruit and veg, and it claims to be an idiot proof formula. In light of the fact that it’s National Gardening Week, I thought it would be a…

Scottish gardener – my first gardening article published

I’m absolutely thrilled to have my first gardening article published today in Scottish Gardener magazine.  It is distributed free with the Herald, and you can also subscribe to the quarterly magazine online here for just £6 for four issues.  You can also get a digital version of the magazine via that link. Hopefully there will be more…

Inspiration for your home-grown vegetables

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be taken for lunch at the Gardeners Cottage in Edinburgh – a tiny wee restaurant on Royal Terrance which is committed to serving food using the best seasonal and local produce while nurturing relationships with the local community and local producers. Before you reach the front door, you pass…

Top tips on what to prune, when and why?

If you’re anything like me, once you start pruning you find it hard to stop. Cutting away old foliage on shrubs and trees can be very therapeutic but it should come with a ‘highly addictive’ warning. Pruning is vital for promoting vigour and growth, encouraging new flower buds, controlling the size and shape of plants…