Discover Scottish Gardens – this is fantastic!

scottishgardensDiscover Scottish Gardens launches visitor gateway to Scotland’s gardens

www.discoverscottishgardens.org

  • Discover Scottish Gardens launches, and previews new website full of information and inspiration about visiting gardens and nurseries in Scotland
  • Five-year-plan aims to grow visits to Scotland’s gardens by 10% by 2020

Officially launched in Edinburgh today (Friday 29 May 2015) at Gardening Scotland, Discover Scottish Gardens marks the coming together of businesses and organisations at the heart of Scotland’s gardens sector to energise the promotion of Scotland’s outstanding horticultural offering and help achieve a 10% uplift in visits to Scotland’s gardens by 2020.

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Chicken Coop is finally painted – whoop whoop!

5 weeks after building our chicken coop the weather was finally warm and dry enough for us to paint it with preservative. As you can see, Cosmo wasn’t going to let a bit of painting get in the way of a cuddle. Not quite sure when we’ll get chance to get the hens though as we’re busy the next couple of weekends.

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30 Great Gardening Hacks and a competition to WIN a pair of Dickies Gardening Trousers

The lovely people at Dickies Workwear have shared some fantastic gardening hacks with us – see below – I now want to try all of them! They’re also offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of Reaper Trousers worth £20 (pictured).

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To be in with a chance of winning these trousers please tweet or email me (nadinepierce@gmail.com) your top gardening hack – the list below should give you some inspiration. I’ll share the top hacks and the best tip as voted for by the readers will win. 

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Honey on-tap straight from the hive – this is amazing!

A friend recently sent me a link to an article about the Flow Hive and all I can say is ‘WOW’ and when can I get my hands on one?!

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I would love to keep bees however am a little wary, not least due to the fact I ended up in hospital after having a reaction to a wasp sting, albeit a good few years ago now.

This no-fuss hive pretty much looks after itself and to harvest the honey you literally do just turn on the tap.

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Top 10 UK Gardening Blogs

I was more than a little surprised, but also dead chuffed, to receive an email yesterday saying that A Pentland Garden Diary has been listed as one of the UK’s top gardening blogs – coming in at number 7.

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I have no idea how my little garden diary has been picked up but it was a lovely surprise. I now need to go and check out all the other interesting looking ones on the list.

A Planting & Sowing Extravaganza

After the continued rubbish weather I decided to take the Bank Holiday Monday off to relieve my itchy green fingers and start clearing some things off my gardening ‘to do’ list.

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I finally got our potato barrel started off with some Maris Pipers, and found a nice a little spot for it, although at the risk of it getting waterlogged and rotting them, I think I’ll need to put it in the shed for now.

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