Screenshot of online workshop

Online Workshops

During the COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown restrictions Ninewells Community Garden, PLANT in Tayport and Edible Campus St Andrews got together to produce online workshops to help people garden and grow at home.

The workshops are ongoing while the lockdown restrictions continue, see our facebook events page to book your free ticket to the next workshop.

Catchup with our Previous Online Workshops.

Did you miss our workshops? You can find the recordings online:

– Seed sowing indoors:

– Strathkinness gardens and sowing/planting dates:

– Online Gardening Q&A: Taking care of veg seedlings:

– Growing with what you’ve got:

– Growing Edible Perennials:

Nature Links

This blog is full of links to all sorts of information about Nature, why it’s good for us and where to see it virtually.

Importance of nature has been shown in studies over and over again, from reductions in hospital recovery times in wards overlooking greenspace, to improvements in self reported feelings of well being in people living on streets with trees. Our access to nature may be restricted just now, but we can still enjoy nature virtually. This article in The Conversation is about how we can still access and get the benefits from nature in the city, even in lockdown.

Who doesn’t love a Puffin? There are several PuffinCams set up that allow everyone to watch the puffins while they come back to land during their egg laying and chick rearing stage. Between March and July keep an eye on the puffins at Alderney

Wildlife Kate has lots of wildlife cameras and activities on this webpage allows you to experience the sounds of walking through the Caledonian pine woods in Summer, and those of a walk through the Floe Country in Spring, produced by Chris Watson, an acclaimed sound recordist.

Conservation International has a whole web page devoted to podcasts and and links to digital treks you can take from your couch.

If you want to see a red mason bee emerge from it’s cocoon and hear a little bit about their life cycle – here’s just the YouTube video for you by Brigit Strawbridge Howard

If you have a twitter account, there are some good hashtags to follow for plant pictures, including #WildFlowerHour, #GardensHour

@BSBIbotany is the account of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, a great one to follow to see what is flowering just now.

@kewgarden (The Kew Botanical gardens) and @TheBotanics (Edinburgh Botanic Gardens) also post plenty of plant pictures, often with a bit of information about the plants in their collection.

@ScotlandBDS is the Scottish branch of the British Dragonfly society

Hopefully these suggestions will provide something of interest, let us know if there any great Nature links you like that we can share in the next Nature blog.

chard seedlings

Grow at Home- More Links!

The interest in home vegetable growing is not showing any signs of slowing down, so we’ve gathered together even more helpful links and resources in this blog post.

If you are growing in a limited space, the vertical veg guy has got you covered! Walls, Pots, whatever you’ve got, using creative ways to use what space you do have, it’s amazing how much you can grow, follow the link here .

Peter, the community gardener’s at PLANT in Tayport has blogs and Vlogs on the PLANT website with lots of veg growing advice here.

The Ninewells Facilitators have been collaborating with a number of groups to bring you gardening advice from around the area. If you need inspiration about what to grow plants in, what to sow or want a virtual tour of Strathkinness Community Garden, you can find summaries of the workshops co-hosted by Ninewells Garden, PLANT and Edible Campus St Andrews here. There are more workshops being hosted and added weekly at the moment.

If you have a Facebook account, you might want to follow up the Grow Dundee Facebook page, where Dundee growers are sharing advice, solving problems, posting photos of seedlings and chatting all things gardening.

If you are trying your hand at growing with young children, this website set up by a Fife mum growing with her preschool daughter can give you some good tips.

Thrive gardening Charity has set up a Gardening club, sending gardening advice straight to your email inbox every two weeks, sign up here.

Hopefully that should get you started and keep you going! Please choose Peat Free compost to protect the carbon storing biodiverse peat bogs that do so much to lock in carbon and reduce downstream flooding.

Remember you can get in touch with your local friendly facilitators June and Helena for garden advice. Happy Gardening.

chard seedlings
potting on chard seedlings
Chilli seedlings

Grow at Home – Lots of links!

As more people are staying at home with the Coronavirus COVID19 lockdown and movement restrictions, the interest in growing at home has also increased. Here at Ninewells garden we’re even asking you lovely people to sow an extra seed or two for us so we can plant up the garden when we are able to restart our volunteering group sessions.

Luckily there are lots of resources out there to help everyone make a success of whatever growing they want to try, from a pot of herbs on a windowsill to turning your front garden into a veggie patch.

It’s also time to get inventive! Not everyone had the chance to stock up on gardening supplies before the garden centres and shops closed. All the online garden supply stores also seem to be having a lot more demand. So many of us will have to make do with what we’ve got.

Luckily our local DCC Community Allotment Officer, Kate Treharne, has started a Lockdown Gardening Channel on YouTube. It is absolutely fantastic! So far it includes videos on sprouting seeds and making compost as well as many more, take a look.

If you have a garden CASA (the Community Support group in St Andrews) have a nice webpage written up with ideas to grow at home .

If you are not sure when and how to start your seeds, the back of the packets have good information, but keep in mind that here in Scotland we can get colder nights for longer, and a lot of seedlings don’t like the cold. Charles Dowding’s sowing calendar guidelines are also great, but add a couple of extra weeks on to the dates to avoid the plants getting frosted. If you are interested Charles Dowding has made lots of videos about growing ‘No Dig’ to watch to learn more, or refer back to as a refresher.

Remember that it’s ok if you don’t get everything right, the plants will probably try to grow anyway. And if they don’t, take what you learn and try again.

As always you can ask your friendly garden facilitators, June and Helena for top tips, and gardening advice. An email, text, or facebook message will get through to us.

Happy Gardening!

COVID 19 Adaptions -March 2020

Due to the current COVID 19 coronavirus situation, We have suspended the group volunteering sessions and we have been advised to close the Leaf Room, Toilet and Poly Tunnel.

The garden itself is open, current guidelines are that non essential travel should not be made, but if you live nearby, are at Ninewells for key worker, or essential reasons, you are welcome to visit and enjoy the calm in the garden. Please continue to follow physical distancing measures if anyone else is in the space, and hand hygiene measures as usual.

The Facilitators, June and Helena, are still available to contact through the contact page here, they will be checking email, and get back to you as soon as possible.

We will be posting on Facebook almost daily, so look out for plant pictures, growing tips and news.

Flower bed

Katherine Fay Allan’s ‘the rest of us, we just go gardening’ has headed off to Edinburgh to spend time on display at the Royal Scottish Academy during February 2020.

More information about the artist and the inspiration behind the piece here.

All photo credits and copyrights to Katherine Fay Allan

You can see the installation from the 15th of February to the 11th of March 2020 at the RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

The performance that accompianies the work will take place in the installation on Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 1pm.

Katherine’s website is

Katherine’s Instagram is @katherinefayallan_ 

Photo Competition 2019

A reminder that we are running our photo competition again this year – we would love to see photos taken throughout the year – of the garden visitors, events, wildlife, weather, vegetables… Photos will appear in our 2020 calendar.  The winner will receive a £50 Tesco voucher; two runners up will receive a £30 voucher for Gallery 48

The deadline is the 20th of October, but please get snapping now! Things to bear in mind – we need high resolution images so we can see all the detail; please make sure you have permission if you are taking photos of people – and photos that fit with the theme of a year in the life of the garden are preferred.

Entry form below – please send to

Happy snapping!

Photo Entry Form 2019

cofPhoto Credit Frank Proctor