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Ficus carica

Figs in waiting

Ficus carica needs a warm corner to produce a reliable crop of Figs in autumn. As a native to the Middle East as much for winter protection of…

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…

Really Wild Veg – 2015 roundup

As 2015 draws to a close we end the third growing season for the Really Wild Veg project. The aim of the project is to explore how domestication…

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…

Really Wild Veg – celery trials 2015

The wet summer may not have been much fun, but our celery has been loving it. One of the real challenges with growing celery on well-drained soils is…

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…

Really Wild Veg – or is it just feral veg?

One of the difficulties with studying the wild ancestors of domesticated food plants is knowing if plants are truely wild? Domesticated plants will generally inter-breed quite happily with…

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…

Really Wild Veg – celery added to the 2015 trials

Finally the weather is warming up and seed sowing for the 2015 set of Really Wild Veg trials is now complete. This project, now in its third season,…

Sutherland kale and the Triangle of U

An internet search for Sutherland kale produces quite a lot of hits. This leafy brassica seems to be a bit of a sensation among foody types looking for…

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…