In the Spring of 2013 we left the city behind and moved to a lovely little cottage on the edge of the Scottish Pentland Hills, just South of Edinburgh.

After a glorious Summer of simply enjoying having one, the first time since being ‘grown up’, it was time to start ripping everything out and start again. Neither of us have much experience of gardening, or are that practical for that matter, so we’re pretty much just making it up as we go along.

We like to grow edibles and are keen on trying unusual or heirloom varieties, things that you can’t easily get in the shops. We have some successes, we have plenty of failures too, every day is indeed a school day on our little patch.

This blog is a diary of our Pentland garden.

Written by Nadine Pierce, self-confessed gluttonista & author of www.eatingedinburgh.com . I can be contacted on nadinepierce@gmail.com 

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The Family:

Sandy, my ‘partner in garden grime’


Cosmo, our cocker spaniel pup



Max, the mouser


Poppy, the wee cutie


Betty, Marge and Rose, our gorgeous girls!










  1. How wonderful to find your blog! I’m in Carlops and just starting our gardening adventures after we moved here last July 🙂 Look forward to seeing how yours progresses (I’m in the process of starting some kind of blog so I can look back at what we’ve done!) Kat

    1. Hi Katherine – lovely to hear from you ‘neighbour’ 🙂
      I’m finding that writing things down in the blog is a great help for keeping a track of things and of course progress made. I’ll look forward to seeing yours when it’s up and running! Please do send me the link

  2. Hi Nadine, I’ve just stumbled across your blog – you have a lovely set-up there in the Pentlands. I’m in central Edinburgh so it’ll be really nice to follow a nearby gardener facing similar weather challenges! Best wishes, Joanna (edinburghgardendiary.wordpress.com)

    1. Hi Joanna, lovely to ‘meet’ you – looks like we have a lot in common – I’ve put a follow on your diary – be great to compare how we’re getting on – we tend to find we’re later than most with things (except Rhubarb) being that bit higher up.

      We’ve also got a facebook page ‘Lothian Gardeners’ feel free to share your diary posts & get involved on there too.

  3. Hi Nadine, Anyone who uses the words ‘slightly clueless’ in their blog header is a friend of mine. I aspire to ‘slightly’. I am enjoying reading your posts and looking forward to many more. My own journey into the horticultural unknown is recorded on my blog in which I chart, rather haphazardly, my attempts to create a garden from scratch out of a former barnyard. If you’re ever in need of feeling a bit superior on the gardening front, you are always welcome at http://www.thebarnyardgardener.wordpress.com.

    1. Hey, thanks for the message, sounds like we are chartering similar horticultural courses into the unknown, have just taken a peek and already been shaking my head with a wry smile of understanding!! I shall very much enjoy reading more..

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