Transplanting in a cold spring

Looking after the needs for shelter and watering and the differences for pot-grown and bare-rooted transplants can help the transition Read more


A common creature in our gardens, easy to see Read more

Crop protection and outwitting weeds

Protecting peas and brassicas from numerous pests, and methods for dealing with different weeds effectively Read more

Tortoiseshell butterfly

Look out for a mid-orange butterfly in the garden now Read more

Effects of the recent cold weather

Effects of frost on mature plants and seedlings; update on current work in my veg garden Read more

Plant ID-Hellebores

Great plants that flower early in the year Read more

First thoughts on your garden layout

Points to consider when mulling over your garden layout, including usage, site strengths and weaknesses, and where to start Read more

Looking after Seedlings

Helping seedlings move from warm shelter to outdoor Aberdeenshire is crucial Read more

Supplementary organic nutrition

Some issues with NPK fertilizers, effects on the soil food web interactions with plants, alternative feeding Read more

More on pruning

Some terms defined, how and where to make cuts, pruning deciduous shrubs Read more

Getting to grips with pruning

The first of two articles explaining the nuts and bolts of pruning. Why are plants so like teenagers? Thinking about the hows and the whys. Read more

The root of the matter

The soil comprises the niche of the roots, as does the compost for houseplants. How can we keep it healthy? Why do soils vary so much? Read more