Category Archives: Gardening

A Good Weekend For A Shed Clear-out

Last weekend the weather was glorious so most of our time was spent out & about in it however Science did finally get round to clearing out the garden shed! (& all the spiders & bugs etc that were in there too!)

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It was full of  ‘stuff’ when we bought the place, so it was another trip to the tip but look how much space we have now! Not sure it’s enough for a bar but it’ll do for now!

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Plant Food Maker – has anyone got/used one?

On our way back from a night in town we stopped at The Range in Fort Kinnaird to have a look at the gardening section, we can’t seem to go past a garden centre or shop at present and we definitely need to get a few things (a hose pipe is top of the list as all this dry weather is proving that a watering can (& one outdoor tap) isn’t the most viable way of keeping things watered! ).

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This Weekend – Taiwanese Orchid Fair at the Botanics

A little something for Orchid lovers this  weekend at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens – if the picture below is anything to go by – it’ll be stunning!

Taiwanese Orchid Festival at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Taiwanese Orchid Festival at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Fri 27 June to Sun 20 July

Come and see a stunning display of colourful and elegant orchids by the Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association. Weekend activities will include Chinese flower painting and orchid culture tips.

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My home-made natural slug killer is ready!

After 2 weeks of my slugs ‘brewing’ away it was time to finish the process and protect our plants!

For those who missed Stage 1 – click here

After 2 weeks 'brewing' - ooh, the smell!
After 2 weeks ‘brewing’ – ooh, the smell!

I was quite surprised when I removed the lid to still see some of the slugs alive – hardy little wotsits – oh, and the smell….! (it didn’t seem to put Cosmo off though – he was definitely up for having a taste, thankfully this repellent is only harmful to other slugs).

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Meet Mandy Bailey – Edinburgh Gardening Entrepreneur

I really admire anyone who follows their dreams, take the plunge & start their own business doing something they’re passionate about. That’s exactly what Mandy did – not only is she doing what she loves but she’s also finding new ways to take that passion to others.

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We Have a Rockery – Sat 14th June

A warm, if somewhat cloudy day sees in the weekend. We’re off in to town later to enjoy a bbq in someone else’s garden but this morning we made time to do a few more things in our own.

Peas are now staked & lifted out of their ground-bound tangle
Peas are now staked & lifted out of their ground-bound tangle

I suddenly realised that the peas should probably be staked, especially as they’re all in a tangle and starting to blossom so cut down some bamboo canes and sorted that – a 2 minute job and they look so much better already. Continue reading We Have a Rockery – Sat 14th June

Broccoli, Brussels & Borage – Weds 11th June

A gorgeous warm, sunny day here in the Pentlands – it’s days like this that really make me appreciate just how lucky I am to work at home from our garden shed!

my office in the garden
my office in the garden

After the weekend’s prep we had another planter to fill so in went spinach, mizuna and spring onions. I also planted my broccoli and brussel sprout seedlings. Continue reading Broccoli, Brussels & Borage – Weds 11th June

The war on Slugs begins – nematodes are my friend!

A quiet couple of days on the gardening front however daily inspections are showing new things coming up every day – the red onions, garlic & radishes are the latest to start appearing.

my haul from last night's slug hunt
my haul from last night’s slug hunt

The rhubarb and parsley seem to be getting chomped so last night we went out at dusk to collect a load of slugs to try out a natural slug repellent method that I found online – it involves a bucket, some weeds, tap water & slugs! (I had to use my veggie steamer as couldn’t find anything else with holes in the lid – the neighbours think us quirky enough as it is – bet they wondered what one earth we were up to!) Continue reading The war on Slugs begins – nematodes are my friend!

If Carlsberg Did Days in the Garden…. Sun 8th June

….they wouldn’t have been as good as this one!

breakfast on the new sun lounger
breakfast on the new sun lounger

The day dawned bright and warm, after the excesses of the night before I unpacked my new sun lounger and had breakfast (part 1) out on the decking! Continue reading If Carlsberg Did Days in the Garden…. Sun 8th June