The local show season

….has now started. Gifford HS have their long established show in a large marquee on the village green. Outside the tent here are a few entries into their new scarecrow competition. Many more exhibits inside and the show is open all day tomorrow, Sunday. The Scottish Gardeners Forum website has details of many shows throughout Scotland IMG_9549

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Another day at the allotment

The haar came in overnight after the last couple of warm and sunny days but it was gone by late morning and Arthur Seat came into full view again.

Thinning the Japanese veg

Some of the second sowing of Japanese vegetables are now showing enough to do a thinning; very much a hands and knees job. The green manure was cut down and put on the compost heap. Normally it is cut before it flowers but we left it for the bees until the flowers were over.

The raspberries are now ten years old and will be taken out this winter so there is no need to keep the new canes and these were cut out to make it easier to pick the fruit.  The new raspberry plants are already in and growing well so we shall have a crop next year if a small one.

Some more strawberry runners were pinned down for rooting, and the grass and edges were cut.

And then it was picking time; raspberries including the single blueberry that survived the rabbits, courgettes, peas, runner beans and carrots.

Jobs for next week
Nothing apart from hoeing and watering!

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A rainy day on the allotment

There has been plenty of rain over the last few days and some this morning too but not enough to send us home!

After the pruning workshop on the Open Day, we carried on with the job on the rest of the fruit, pruning back the new growth on the gooseberries and apples this week. The strawberries are over so a few runners of each variety were saved but the rest and the old leaves were cut off. The strawberries are on a three year cycle and these runners will be used for the new strawberry bed which will fruit then.

The maincrop potatoes are dying down and time to cut down the shaws, leaving the potatoes in the ground for a couple of weeks to allow the skins to harden before they are dug up.

The peas,varieties Hurst Greenshaft and Carouby de Mausanne, are over so they were removed to the compost heap leaving the roots in the ground to increase the nitrogen levels from the nitrogen nodules on them.

And time for picking the raspberries, broad beans, peas, carrots, courgettes.

Carrots variety Nantes

Diary dates

Saughton Park
Come along and escape the festival madness in Saughton Park at the Garden Party on Sunday 21 August 12pm – 4pm

Dalkeith Show 
Dalkeith School Campus on September 10th & 11th – always very well sign-posted.

FEDAGA
have happily returned to holding a show on Saturday 3 September from 2pm to 4pm at the Methodist Church (ConferenceHall), Nicolson Square.  Download the schedule at http://www.fedaga.org.uk/annual-show.html.

Jobs for next week
Continue pruning – currants, soft fruit
Cut down green manure

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Judging for Beautiful Scotland

..can be hard work. Some of Uddingston Pride’s many volunteers had made all these cakes to celebrate the BS campaign’s 50th anniversary so I had to sample several. Uddingston 50th cakes

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Vacancy for Horticultural Tutor – Green Routes

Green routes

Green Routes is one of our long established Grow & Learn projects.  They currently have a vacancy they are looking to fill.  More details about the project and contact for application pack attached HORTICULTURE TUTOR advert.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be interested then please pass details of this vacancy on.

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Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden

A very special exhibition is now underway at the Queen’s Gallery by Palace of Holyroodhouse.   The exhibition shows the very different ways which gardens and plants inspired artists and craftsmen – including  two sketches by Leonardo da Vinci.

Exhibition celebrating the garden in works of art at the Palace of Holyrood House,Edinburgh.05,08.2016.Photograph David Cheskin Royal Collection Trus .04.08.2016

Exhibition celebrating the garden in works of art at the Palace of Holyrood House,Edinburgh.05,08.2016.Photograph David Cheskin Royal Collection Trus .04.08.2016

The exhibition runs until 26th February and there is a wide programme of associated events many of which are being run in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Exhibition celebrating the garden in works of art at the Palace of Holyrood House,Edinburgh.05,08.2016.Photograph David Cheskin Royal Collection Trus .04.08.2016

Exhibition celebrating the garden in works of art at the Palace of Holyrood House,Edinburgh.05,08.2016.Photograph David Cheskin Royal Collection Trus .04.08.2016

(If you visit you will need to look very carefully at the Vincennes Sunflower Clock if you want to see the very delicate clock hands.)

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Ayr flower show

Ayr Flower show takes place this weekend. Large double Begonias are one of the mainstays of the show- these large flowers are too fragile for outside but actually like the relatively cool summer conditions in Scottish greenhouses! To get flowers this size you have to get named varieties not the more common bedding types. The Scottish Begonia Society is a good source.IMG_9506

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