Grow It [Radio Scotland]

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Nicola Singleton helps you get the very best from your growing space, whatever shape or size it is, as we celebrate the seasonality through Scottish gardens and kitchens. Coming from a range of gardens across Scotland, Grow It is peppered with seasonal gardening advice and weekly masterclasses from a range of experts, together with antidotes to a variety of growing pains and advice for the city gardener along with the occasional foray into wild flowers, herbs and foods, for those with green and non-green fingers alike. And, to help you make the most of the wonderful home-grown produce that the Scottish growing season offers up, we’ll also be dropping in on the kitchen garden with advice for grow-your-own enthusiasts and our team of chefs who have a selection of brilliant recipes as well as advice on what varieties will deliver you the best flavour in the kitchen.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.

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Nicola Singleton helps you get the very best from your growing space, whatever shape or size it is, as we celebrate the seasonality through Scottish gardens and kitchens. Coming from a range of gardens across Scotland, Grow It is peppered with seasonal gardening advice and weekly masterclasses from a range of experts, together with antidotes to a variety of growing pains and advice for the city gardener along with the occasional foray into wild flowers, herbs and foods, for those with green and non-green fingers alike. And, to help you make the most of the wonderful home-grown produce that the Scottish growing season offers up, we’ll also be dropping in on the kitchen garden with advice for grow-your-own enthusiasts and our team of chefs who have a selection of brilliant recipes as well as advice on what varieties will deliver you the best flavour in the kitchen.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.

Rhododendrons, Asparagus and Windowsills20190502

Nicola Singleton visits the 100 year old woodland garden at Glendoick in Tayside. It’s a collection of rare and beautiful rhododendrons gathered from the foothills of the Himalaya in Tibet, Nepal and China by 3 generations of the Cox family.

Plant hunter, world rhododendron expert and 3rd inline of the family, Ken Cox gives Nicola a tour of the garden describing how his father and grandfather initially bought plant samples unknown to science back to Scotland and then created hybrids particularly suited to the our climate. In doing so, they showed off their love of Scottish birds and mountains when creating names for them.

Grow It isn’t just about gardening, it’s about seasonal sensations in your kitchen too. So Chef Graeme Pallister is making a simple delight out of the very first of the Scottish asparagus he can get his hands on.

While Rhododendrons and asparagus need a lot of space, not everyone has that luxury, so Carole Baxter gives Helen Needham a masterclass on what she can grow on her windowsill.

Scottish hybrid rhododendrons at Glendoick and the first of the season's asparagus.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.

Rhododendrons, Asparagus and Windowsills2019050220190505 (RS)

Nicola Singleton visits the 100 year old woodland garden at Glendoick in Tayside. It’s a collection of rare and beautiful rhododendrons gathered from the foothills of the Himalaya in Tibet, Nepal and China by 3 generations of the Cox family.

Plant hunter, world rhododendron expert and 3rd inline of the family, Ken Cox gives Nicola a tour of the garden describing how his father and grandfather initially bought plant samples unknown to science back to Scotland and then created hybrids particularly suited to the our climate. In doing so, they showed off their love of Scottish birds and mountains when creating names for them.

Grow It isn’t just about gardening, it’s about seasonal sensations in your kitchen too. So Chef Graeme Pallister is making a simple delight out of the very first of the Scottish asparagus he can get his hands on.

While Rhododendrons and asparagus need a lot of space, not everyone has that luxury, so Carole Baxter gives Helen Needham a masterclass on what she can grow on her windowsill.

Scottish hybrid rhododendrons at Glendoick and the first of the season's asparagus.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.

Rock Gardens, Rhubarb And Alpine Troughs2019050920190512 (RS)

Nicola Singleton celebrates the seasons in our gardens and on our plates. This week she visits Branklyn Gardens in Perth to hear about their rock gardens and exotic plants, including the famous blue poppies.

Head gardener Jim Jermyn explains the story behind the Rentons, who first developed the gardens, and their passion for Himalayan plants.

Chef Carina Contini celebrates rhubarb season and shows Dan Holland how to make a rhubarb and custard fool – but it’s a far cry from school dinners!

Gardening expert Carole Baxter explains to Helen Needham how simple and enjoyable it can be to make our own alpine troughs out of old polystyrene boxes or watering cans.

Jim Jermyn advises on how to care for our alpine plants and describes what they’re doing to develop their rock garden at Branklyn.

Exotic plants and rock gardens, how to create an alpine trough and cooking with rhubarb.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the very best from your growing space, whatever shape or size it is, as we celebrate the seasonality through Scottish gardens and kitchens. Coming from a range of gardens across Scotland, Grow It is peppered with seasonal gardening advice and weekly masterclasses from a range of experts, together with antidotes to a variety of growing pains and advice for the city gardener along with the occasional foray into wild flowers, herbs and foods, for those with green and non-green fingers alike. And, to help you make the most of the wonderful home-grown produce that the Scottish growing season offers up, we’ll also be dropping in on the kitchen garden with advice for grow-your-own enthusiasts and our team of chefs who have a selection of brilliant recipes as well as advice on what varieties will deliver you the best flavour in the kitchen.

Wild Garlic, Chimichuri and an attack of Aphids20190516

Nicola Singleton celebrates the seasons in our gardens and on our plates. But when the ambitions of the gardener and the chef collide, trowels get drawn. Chef and keen gardener Graeme Pallister joins Nicola in her garden at home as she tries to remove some wild garlic from her flower beds…..but chef isn’t happy at this idea one little bit!

It’s that time of year when our vegetable gardens are going to start coming under attack from bugs and pests – so what can we do to combat an attack of aphids?

Kirsten Gilmour absolutely loves fresh herbs. Combine them with some garlic, chilli, lime juice, red onion, pepper, sweetcorn and you have the makings of her highland chimichurri. Call it a salsa, call it a pesto, call it what you want, it tastes amazing on new potatoes and even better on some bbq’d meats.

Summer might just be around the corner but don’t jump the line just yet, Ken Cox and Carole Baxter have got some great advice on when is the right time to plant out your seedlings and how to give your growing space and instant splash of colour.

When gardeners and chefs collide over wild garlic, plus instant bedding plant colour.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.

Wild Garlic, Chimichuri and an attack of Aphids2019051620190519 (RS)

Nicola Singleton celebrates the seasons in our gardens and on our plates. But when the ambitions of the gardener and the chef collide, trowels get drawn. Chef and keen gardener Graeme Pallister joins Nicola in her garden at home as she tries to remove some wild garlic from her flower beds…..but chef isn’t happy at this idea one little bit!

It’s that time of year when our vegetable gardens are going to start coming under attack from bugs and pests – so what can we do to combat an attack of aphids?

Kirsten Gilmour absolutely loves fresh herbs. Combine them with some garlic, chilli, lime juice, red onion, pepper, sweetcorn and you have the makings of her highland chimichurri. Call it a salsa, call it a pesto, call it what you want, it tastes amazing on new potatoes and even better on some bbq’d meats.

Summer might just be around the corner but don’t jump the line just yet, Ken Cox and Carole Baxter have got some great advice on when is the right time to plant out your seedlings and how to give your growing space and instant splash of colour.

When gardeners and chefs collide over wild garlic, plus instant bedding plant colour.

Nicola Singleton helps you get the most from your growing space whatever size it is.