Get Clever in a Small Growing Space
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
7h ago
If you have a smaller garden, or even just space for a few pots, you might think that growing food crops is not an option. Too often we think of the amount of space we have rather than how we might use it. You might be surprised with just how I have utilised space in my city garden to grow lots of food as well as pack it with all my favourite flowers. I have utilised space in my city garden to grow lots of food as well as pack it with all my favourite flowers. I do have the traditional veg garden area with some raised beds and that was the way in which I started my growing journey. They are gr ..read more
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Chris Wardle’s Top 3 Plant Choices
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
7h ago
It is so hard for any gardener to narrow their favourite plants down to just three! We may say that we would have different plants in different seasons, but when put on the spot and asked to narrow it down, it is very interesting to compare which three plants our podcast guests chose. Chris Wardle is the National Trust for Scotland’s Gardens and Designed Landscape Manager for Aberdeenshire and Angus. Chris moved to Scotland 23 years ago, and the National Trust for Scotland has become his life’s work through all spheres of horticulture as an Assistant Head Gardener, Head Gardener, time at Threa ..read more
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Scone Palace Garden Fair confirms Kids Go Free for its Fourth Year with a Festival of Gardening in 2025
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
1w ago
Scone Palace Garden Fair is delighted to announce its return for a fourth spectacular year. Scheduled for Friday, May 30th, and Saturday, May 31st, 2025, this true festival of gardening will take place at the historic Scone Palace, known as the Crowning Place of the Scottish Kings. A highlight of next year’s Fair is the focus on inspiring the gardeners of the future. The event wants to encourage children to be part of the gardening community while spending time outside and reconnecting with nature. In an exciting move, children under 16 will enjoy free entry, making it an ideal family outing ..read more
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Cultivating the Crimson Gem
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
1w ago
Beetroot has long been a favourite among gardeners and food enthusiasts alike. Its versatility in the kitchen and vibrant colour, combined with its relatively easy cultivation and ability to thrive in cool climates, makes it a popular choice for growing in Scotland. It is a great beginner crop to try as harvesting can start around two months after sowing so you do not have to wait too long to see the success of your endeavour – and if you are quick, you can get a sowing in right now for a late-summer harvest. Ideal Growing Conditions To ensure successful growth, aim to plant in well-drained so ..read more
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How Can You Avoid Watering Your Plot?
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
2w ago
Living in Scotland, you wouldn’t think that your vegetable plot would need watering. After all, isn’t this the land of the mountain and flood? But the discerning gardener knows that nothing is guaranteed these days and even the wettest parts of the country have seen dry spells in recent years. Similarly, there are times of the year which are drier than others. Here in the east of Scotland, we often have a very dry spring whereas July can often be a wet month. A lot of the veg you grow needs significant quantities of water, not only to survive, but to produce fruit. Drought stressed plants will ..read more
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Fuss-free Feathery Plumes
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
2w ago
The feathery plumes of fuss-free astilbes will have you reaching out your hand to run your fingers through their frilly foliage. Commonly known as false goat’s beard, an astilbe is the perfect choice to add height, texture, and colour to a tricky damp or shady spot in the garden. What’s more, they love clay soil which makes them perfect for many Scottish gardens and woodland planting schemes! Astilbe is commonly known as false goat’s beard. The flowery spikes bloom in pastel shades of pink, purple, red, and white, held on upright stems which can reach from 30cm (1ft) up to 120cm (4ft) tall wit ..read more
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Speedy Salad Leaves
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
1M ago
Easy growing edibles are perfect for a quick summer harvest. Each lettuce variety has a different length of growing season, but most are mature within 30 to 70 days after sowing. Loose leaf lettuce, which refers to varieties that do not form any type of head, is considered the easiest to grow, so one month after sowing, you can be harvesting your own fresh, leafy greens. Loose leaf lettuce is the easiest to grow.How to Grow At this time year, sow salad seeds directly into prepared, damp soil either in raised beds, borders, or pots. You can tailor seed mixes to suit your taste, mixing rocket or ..read more
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Holiday-Proof Your Garden
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
1M ago
Holiday-proofing your garden can help ensure that your plants thrive, and your garden remains in good shape while you are away for a week or two. You can install an automatic watering system or set up drip irrigation to ensure your plants receive adequate water while you are away. Timers and soaker hoses are also useful options but there are lots of easy and inexpensive things you can do to prepare your garden for your summer holiday with these quick tips. Watering systems can make sure plants receive adequate water.Deadhead Deadhead spent flowers before you leave on holiday on plants like ros ..read more
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Rebels Without A Care
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
1M ago
Nasturtiums are the wild rebels of the plant world! They can handle a little neglect and still thrive, so if you need a plant which will riotously bloom in a relatively short space of time, without much intervention, nasturtiums might just be your James Dean! Nasturtiums are the wild rebels of the plant world. Nasturtiums are generally low-maintenance plants, preferring a ‘treat ‘em mean and keep ‘em keen’ approach, so they are great for beginner gardeners. To enjoy their vibrant flowers, and tasty leaves throughout the growing season, follow our top tips! Choose the right location: nasturtiu ..read more
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EATS Rosyth Communal Garden
Scotland Grows Magazine
by Scotland Grows
1M ago
Since being founded in 2016, EATS Rosyth has become a cornerstone of the local community. Boasting a large communal garden, a centenary orchard, and a central hub, it is easy to see why the project has gained so much praise for the part it plays in serving the local community and protecting the environment. Based in the outskirts of Fife, the community-led initiative was introduced by Rosyth Community Council and relies on grants and private donations. EATS is now a registered charity, and their main aims include growing and sharing food, improving food education, helping the environment, and ..read more
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