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Five best vegetables to plant in your garden right now

Five best vegetables to plant in your garden right now

There’s still time to get your vegetable seeds off to a flying start so that you can harvest your own crop in the autumn

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Five plants that keep on giving after summer

Five plants that keep on giving after summer

If you’re short of time but want a riot of colour and some architectural gems on your patio, you may be best off choosing perennials, flowering shrubs and evergreens when you plant up your summer containers.

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Bill Jamieson: The BBC and I have parted ways – with one exception

Bill Jamieson: The BBC and I have parted ways – with one exception

Forget Chelsea Flower Show’s cowpats and Monty Don’s perfect soil, The Beechgrove Garden is for real Scottish gardeners, says Bill Jamieson.

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8 trends to look out for at Gardening Scotland

8 trends to look out for at Gardening Scotland

For three days every summer, the grounds of the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh are transformed by trees and flowers.

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Ian Jones discusses the endless possibilities of the rhododendron

Ian Jones discusses the endless possibilities of the rhododendron

Since discovering he ‘liked the plant’, Ian Jones has devoted himself, and his family, to the endless possibilities of the rhododendron

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This Edinburgh garden has been transformed into a tranquil sanctuary

This Edinburgh garden has been transformed into a tranquil sanctuary

Their overgrown acre looked ‘fearsome’ at first, but Anthony and Cathy Ayles have transformed  it into a tranquil city centre sanctuary

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Concert promoters reveal plans for Botanics event in Edinburgh

Concert promoters reveal plans for Botanics event in Edinburgh

Organisers of spectacular Christmas lights events in London, Oxfordshire and Berlin have revealed plans for their first major outdoor event in Edinburgh.

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Real buzz promised for families at Gardening Scotland 2017

Real buzz promised for families at Gardening Scotland 2017

SCOTLAND’S garden and outdoor living show takes place from 2-4 June at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston.

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Gardening Scotland unveils NSPCC Scotland as charity partner

Gardening Scotland unveils NSPCC Scotland as charity partner

THE organisers of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show and garden festival – have announced NSPCC Scotland as its charity partner for this year’s event at Ingliston.

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Coastal Clyde home with £1.1m price tag

Coastal Clyde home with £1.1m price tag

IF you have always dreamed of a home with a sea view, you could do worse than base your search around the Clyde coast.

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Jo Whittingham: Autumn harvest should still be going strong

Jo Whittingham: Autumn harvest should still be going strong

This month the garden definitely starts to wind down as the nights grow cooler and the days grow shorter. After our rather mixed bag of a summer, my greenhouse tomatoes only started ripening in quantity two or three weeks ago, leaving a substantial crop of fruits still to take on a hint of orange, let alone turn red.

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Tackling slugs and weevils with organic nematodes

Tackling slugs and weevils with organic nematodes

Are hi-tech nematodes an effective, organic way to tackle difficult pests such as vine weevil and slugs? Hannah Stephenson investigates

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Jenny Mollison: Hedge your bets to keep buffeting winds at bay

Jenny Mollison: Hedge your bets to keep buffeting winds at bay

This year few of us escaped the strong winds which buffeted Scotland in early August. I’m fairly philosophical if my bean poles get blown over in September, but not when cropping has only just begun. Tall peas and beans were taking a hammering. I was not alone in heading for the plots to make emergency reinforcements. My neighbour was anchoring his down with a washing line and tent pegs.

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How to create space outdoors to enjoy sound of nature

How to create space outdoors to enjoy sound of nature

Green-fingered DJ Jo Whiley tells Hannah Stephenson how to make an outdoor musical haven

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Allotment Tales: Battles on Home Front changed landscape

Allotment Tales: Battles on Home Front changed landscape

The centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest of the First World War, is being commemorated this year. As the conflict dragged on, a stark realisation that the war was going to be a long, drawn-out affair dawned. Germany was nearly self-sufficient in home-grown food compared with only 45 per cent of UK food being home-produced. The Dig for Victory campaign is associated with the Second World War, but providing home-grown food was just as important in the First World War as German U-boats targeted food supply ships.

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Jo Whittingham: Keep summer displays going for as long as you can

Jo Whittingham: Keep summer displays going for as long as you can

Most of us would call August late summer, but in Scotland I always feel there is a whiff of autumn in the air this month – unless we are very lucky with the weather.

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Gardening Scotland: An essential guide to what’s on at Ingliston

Gardening Scotland: An essential guide to what’s on at Ingliston

Flower lovers, foodies and families alike are guaranteed to find inspiration at Gardening Scotland, the country’s most established outdoor living event

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Scots in running for Shed of the Year contest

Scots in running for Shed of the Year contest

THREE Scottish designs, a saloon, a nuclear bunker and a renovated boat, have been shortlisted for the 2016 Shed of the Year award.

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Jo Wittingham: We still need to exercise caution, come what May

Jo Wittingham: We still need to exercise caution, come what May

May can be a tricky month in the garden, because the strong sunlight fuels incredibly fast growth, but nights can still be cold – even frosty.

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Jenny Mollison: Pleasure comes from the process, not the end result

Jenny Mollison: Pleasure comes from the process, not the end result

I once spoke in a debate against the motion “a garden is a paradise but gardening is purgatory”. I’m pretty sure that most allotment plot-holders will agree with me that visiting beautiful parks and gardens is enjoyable but the real pleasure comes from getting one’s hands dirty in the soil. Different activities have their seasons. It’s that time of year when weeds seem to grow faster than I can fling them into the compost heap. I’m looking out for signs of germination in recently planted rows of peas and hoping the mice haven’t discovered them first.

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Jenny Mollison: For peat’s sake, pre-made compost is bad for us all

Jenny Mollison: For peat’s sake, pre-made compost is bad for us all

Bags of multi-purpose compost are piled up at the entrances to supermarkets just now. It’s tempting to hump a bag into the shopping trolley to save a special trip to the garden centre later on.

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Seven Scots tell us what their dream jobs are like

Seven Scots tell us what their dream jobs are like

ALISON Campsie speaks to a gin distiller, a castle keeper, a music venue owner and four other Scots for whom business is pleasure

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Man spends 15 years creating Loch Ness Monster hedge

Man spends 15 years creating Loch Ness Monster hedge

A fisherman has spent 15 years clipping a garden hedge into the shape of the Loch Ness Monster.

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Scotland’s growing garden industry

Scotland’s growing garden industry

Nothing signals the arrival of spring quite like the sight of delicate white snowdrops popping their heads up through the soil, spots of purple and yellow here and there as croci add welcome flecks of colour to the display.

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Jenny Mollison: How to outwit the low flying carrot fly

Jenny Mollison: How to outwit the low flying carrot fly

Carrots, beetroot and parsnips seem to be enjoying a surge in popularity just now. They get used as ingredients in sweet as well as savoury dishes. Carrot or beetroot cakes are very moreish and parsnips make a lovely alternative to potato crisps.

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Six beautiful public gardens in Scotland

Six beautiful public gardens in Scotland

From historic estates to botanic 19th century havens, Scotland has plenty of peaceful and beautiful gardens to explore

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Jo Whittingham: Now’s the time to prune, weed, mulch and plant

Jo Whittingham: Now’s the time to prune, weed, mulch and plant

Spring arrives this month so, even if the weather suggests otherwise, it’s time to get out and garden. First on the list are any remaining winter tasks, such as pruning fruit trees and bushes, and cutting back herbaceous perennials, which should be finished before their green shoots burst into life.

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Argyll and Bute’s gardens a spring showcase for flower power

Argyll and Bute’s gardens a spring showcase for flower power

The glorious gardens of Argyll and Bute are a sight to behold, with a riot of rhododendrons, fragrant azaleas and magnificent magnolias on display

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Brodick Castle’s garden helps landmark dazzle whatever the weather

Brodick Castle’s garden helps landmark dazzle whatever the weather

A mild climate, plenty of precipitation and visionary plantings by a determined duchess help make Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran truly spectacular

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Jenny Mollison: Planting spuds can buy a new tenant some time

Jenny Mollison: Planting spuds can buy a new tenant some time

Planting potatoes is an enjoyable milestone in my gardening calendar. It’s something the grandchildren can help with.

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