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Scotland the Bread

This year the Edible Gardening team has been taking part in project called ‘Scotland the Bread’. The majority of the bread we eat in Scotland is made from…

RBGE’s New Market Garden

In May this year we started a very exciting new project here at RBGE. Funded by our caterers Sodexo we are developing a market garden that will supply…

Gardener’s Kitchen – Leeks

Leeks (Allium porrum) are a fantastic winter crop. They add depth and flavour to any number of slow cooked winter dishes. They are also very hardy and the…

Gardeners Kitchen: Parsnips

Parsnips are a great winter crop. Some people claim they taste better after a touch of frost. Parsnips are a ‘long season crop’. If you want to have…

Gardener’s Kitchen – Pumpkins

Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) can be grown in Scotland if you have a reasonably sheltered garden and the summer is not a complete washout! My favourite recipe, which is…

Gardeners Kitchen – Runner Beans

Runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) can become overwhelming at this time of year. In this cool, overcast summer it seems like we have been waiting all year for them…

Gardeners Kitchen – What to cook in August

I have a problem in my house, its botanical name is Cucurbita pepo a.k.a. courgettes. Most sensible gardeners advise that you don’t need more than 3 plants. However…

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: AUGUST

Here is a list of jobs to do in the garden this month: Weed regularly to prevent weeds setting seed for next year. Water copiously if we have…

What to do in the your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland – JULY

There are plenty of jobs to do in July in the garden to ensure a bountiful harvest. Dry spells can greatly influence the quality and yield of fruit…

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: JUNE

June is an exciting time in the Edible Garden. Some of the seeds sown earlier this year are finally starting to bear fruit. Peas and broad beans are…

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: MAY

May is a fantastic month in the Edible Garden. It is very exciting to see fresh green growth, fruit blossom and lots of seedlings emerging from the soil. However…

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: APRIL

April is a busy time for the volunteers and community groups that work on the Edible Gardening Project at the Botanics. As the weather improves and the soil…

What to do in Your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: MARCH

March heralds the start of the spring however in Scotland the weather can still be very cold and frosty. Gardening books and seed packets give a range of…

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: FEBRUARY

Many typical winter tasks can be done in February, such as: preparing the ground for spring seed sowing, planting new fruit trees and bushes and pruning apples, pears…

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: JANUARY

Happy New Year! Jobs in the garden at any time of the year are weather dependant. If you are planning activities then it is a good idea to…

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: DECEMBER

Here is a list of jobs to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in December: Harvest kale, leeks, Brussels sprouts and winter salads while they are in…

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: NOVEMBER

Many people assume that work in the fruit and vegetable garden tails off as the sets winter in, however there still plenty of worthwhile jobs to do: Sow…

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: OCTOBER

In October the nights are drawing in and the weather is a lot cooler. You may still have some good produce to harvest but many of this year’s…

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: SEPTEMBER

September is a time of change in the fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland. We can have some warm days but cool overnight temperatures and a decrease in…

Summer Pruning Apples and Pears

Espalier, cordon, fan and step-over are different ways of pruning and training fruit trees. They are highly productive, decorative and make it easier to carry out routine task…