The Edible Gardening Project is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and teaches people the skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food.  Supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project is for those who are keen to grow their own food but don’t know where to begin.

Key to the project are the volunteers who work hard to keep our demonstration edible garden looking fabulous. They are on hand at our workshops and drop in sessions to provide support and advice to people who are interested in brushing up on basic horticultural skills.

For information on events go to the Edible Gardening what’s on page.


A table set for serving with white plates and a large cooking pan full of spiced, herby rice and quatered boiled eggs

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Early January 2021

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that’s been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the Botanic Cottage is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won’t let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa…
An oven dish piled high with small vegetable sausage rolls

Botanic Cottage Cook Club December 2020

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that’s been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the Botanic Cottage is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won’t let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa…
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Hints and tips for Fair festivities

Here in the Community Engagement Team at the Botanics, we're always interested in living well, eating well, connecting with the natural world, practicing sustainability and reusing, reducing and recycling. You'll see this in all of our activities, whether it's the Edible Gardening Project or our fantastic programme at the Botanic Cottage. That's why each year we take part in St Andrew's Fair Saturday.
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Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late November 2020

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late November 2020
Image shows a large cabbage ready for harvest in November

Winter in your edible garden

Winter does not mean that it's time to get out of the garden. In fact, there is plenty still to be done at this time of year. See our hints and tips below to round off your year and begin thinking ahead to next year!
Winning entry from the U3A

Edible Gardening Project’s Harvest Competition results

This year we've had to be a little inventive with our Harvest Produce Competition. Usually the competition is open to community gardens and groups, but we know that some many of you have found solace in your gardens and allotments, and particularly in growing your own food, over the Covid-19 lockdown. For this reason the team decided to open the competition to a wider range of people and accept online submissions for the first time. Well done to all who entered.
Image shows a basket of produce: courgettes, cucumber, beans, marrow

Harvest Festival produce competition

If you've been growing your own vegetables this year why not take part in the Edible Gardening Project's harvest festivities? Take part in our produce competition by submitting your photos and help us celebrate our love of homegrown veg!
Image shows four jars on the worktop filled with a breakfast cranachan - yoghurt, oats and raspberries

Botanic Cottage Cook Club early August 2020

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that’s been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the Botanic Cottage is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won’t let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa…
Vegetable beds int he foreground, with the cream coloured Botanic Cottage building in the background

Botanic Cottage Garden Social August Blog

On the first Friday of each month the Botanic Cottage hosts a drop-in session for those living with dementia and their family members, always with an RBGE inspired theme. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not meeting as a group yet, but instead our Garden Social tutor Jaimie is producing a written blog. Over to Jaimie...
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Your Edible Garden in Summer

Here comes the summer! There's no doubt that there's lots to do in your edible garden at this time of year, but never fear, our hints and tips will keep you on track. Our comprehensive guide will let you know what to sow at this time of year as well as tasks to make sure you get the most from your plot.