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A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

So this year at Gardening Scotland come and join BBC Radio Scotland's brand new series for the summer The Kitchen Garden to find out how you can get the best out of your garden and your kitchen.

In a special programme recorded in front of a live audience at the Cookery Theatre on Saturday the 1st June a team of top chefs including Neil Forbes and gardening experts including Nicola Singleton will be joining presenter Pennie Latin to answer your gardening and cooking questions, as well as cooking up a storm in our demonstration kitchen

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Alys Fowler on preserving home-grown produce and Mark Greenaway cooks lamb with asparagus.

Celebrity gardener Alys Fowler tells Pennie Latin about how to make the most of home-grown produce and shares her ideas for pickling, drying and fermeting fruit and veg. With Christopher Trotter of Whole Hog cooking classes and food tours. Plus Dick Youngson, Chair of Nairn Allotment Society advises on how to go about harvesting and drying onions.

If you're concerned about how the weather might have affected your strawberries then don't worry - the professional growers are in the same boat! But the later season could mean that we're in for a bumper sweet crop of soft fruits this year. John Gray of Angus Soft Fruits helps explain the Brix Measurement Index which measures the sweetness of soft fruits.

Chef Mark Greenaway makes Perthshire lamb with asparagus, broadbeans, fresh peas and beetroot puree.

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Growing, cultivating and cooking with courgettes, food swapping and allotment design.

Award-winning cook and food writer Sue Lawrence joins Pennie Latin and The Kitchen Garden team to cook live in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness. She's cooking courgette, lemon and cream pasta and also canapé eggs with wild garlic pesto.

Gardening expert Frances Pringle talks about growing, cultivating and harvesting courgettes in your own garden - how to get it right and the pitfalls to avoid. Plus Sue Lawrence will share ideas for the best uses of your courgettes in the kitchen.

Food swapping - the latest food movement - is taking off across the UK. Dan Holland visits Aberdeen's Gourmet Gals to find out how their food swap scheme works. He's taking along some foodie items donated by The Kitchen Garden team so just what will he get in return?! Some ingredients for Sue to cook with...

Landscape architect Liz Thomas, who has been involved in creating the Scottish Allotments Site Design Guide, talks about ideas for designing an allotment and how to make the best use out of the space you have.

Pennie heads to an allotment in Nairn to look at some fresh ideas for allotment design so that as well as being productive, they're also attractive to look at.

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Cook Lydie Bocquillon shows Pennie how to make panfried hadock with lovage and tomato butter and also a salad with poached eggs, dandelion and crispy lardons - all cooked lived in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness!

Gardener Nicola Singleton talks about growing lovage - a somewhat forgotten plant - and Lydie advises on the best uses for it in your kitchen.

If you think you've left grow-your-own too late this year then don't panic because there are still things you can plant up now! Nicola will be giving tips on what you can plant mid-June and sharing her advice on growing corn on the cob with Pennie and the team.

The Edinburgh Garden Partners have joined forces with Princes Street Gardens to create an edible garden right in the heart of the city. Find out how the project is going so far, what they're growing and who has volunteered to get involved.

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A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small.

Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Carina Contini's kitchen garden, growing and cooking fennel, and a simple pork loin dish.

Cook and restaurant owner Carina Contini shows Pennie Latin round her family's kitchen garden and talks about her passion for growing seasonal produce to use in their restaurants.

Carina cooks with some of the produce from her garden - a simple tomato salad and some nettle tea.

Horticultural consultant Frances Pringle share her ideas for growing fennel and talks about the challenges of grow-your-own tomatoes.

Chef Marie-Clare James cooks smoked trout with beetroot and fennel salad and also pork loin with lemon balm and linguine, both done live outside in the BBC garden in Inverness!

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Celebrating the sheer joy of growing and cooking your own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small.

Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Growing radishes, why parsley is 'the devil's herb' and 667 varieties of seed potato!

Horticultural consultant Frances Pringle advises on the best ways of growing parsley and tells Pennie Latin why radishes are the perfect veg for children to try growing their own at home.

World food expert Ghillie Basan talks about the history of parsley and reveals why it is sometimes referred to as "the devil's herb".

Potato fan and chef Neil Forbes takes a look at the world's largest number of varieties of seed potato displayed in one place on one day - all 667 of them!

Cook and food writer Christopher Trotter cooks with fresh, seasonal produce live in the BBC garden in Inverness using both parsley and potatoes, two of his favourite ingredients.

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Home smoking different foods, growing and cooking broad beans and Penicuik's lost gardens.

Chef Neil Forbes shares his enthusiasm for smoking various foods with Pennie Latin and the team. From fish to garlic, cheese to meat Neil talks about the versatility of home smoking and advises how to get it just right.

Neil cooks two dishes live outside in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness: smoked trout, broad beans, radish and creme fresh and smoked mull chedder with broad beans, mint and watercress.

Gardener Erica Randall talks about growing and harvesting broad beans and peas and the importance of choosing the right crops to plant in behind once you've picked them.

Pennie visits Penicuik's Lost Gardens to find out how the second year of their project is going. It's a massive 50 year plan to restore the gardens to their heyday when they were one of the greatest kitchen gardens in the country.

We may be at the height of a superb spell of summer weather but Erica says now is the time to start planting your winter crops and shares her advice on how best to go about it.

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How to grow, cultivate and cook with beetroot and spinach. And is seed saving a good idea?

Chef Lydie Bocquillon shows Pennie Latin how to make hot smoked salmon rillettes on a bed of wilted spinach and a Latvian beetroot salad... all prepared live outside in the BBC garden in Inverness!

As beetroot comes into season horticultural consultant Frances Pringle shares her advice on growing and cultivating beetroot in your own garden and Lydie talks about how best to use it in the kitchen.

If you've never grown spinach before, now is a good time to sow it. Frances advises on how to get it right in the garden and Lydie gives us inspiration on using it both raw and cooked.

Is seed saving a good idea? Frances suggests some dos and don'ts if you plan to save and reuse your veg plot seeds.

In the second part of the Lost Gardens of Penicuik, historian Roger Kelly tells Pennie about their plans to restore the kitchen garden to its former glory.

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Celebrating the sheer joy of growing and cooking your own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small.

Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Michael Smith makes apple soup and Neil Forbes explores Princes Street's edible garden.

As autumnal apples start to drop from the trees horticultural expert Frances Pringle explains why we need to get out there and catch them before they hit the ground. With a selection of cookers and eaters at hand, winner of the grand banquet in this years' Great British Menu Michael Smith, makes apple, celery and golden oregano soup.

Chef Neil Forbes visits the Edinburgh Garden partners edible garden project in Princes Street Gardens. As part of Edinburgh's entry to Britain in Bloom the gardeners have had to combine what makes something aesthetically pleasing with something that is productive. With a head full of recipes Neil meets, garden designers Nim Kibbler and David Doward.

Neil finds sweetcorn growing just beneath Edinburgh Castle in the garden. Frances gives advice on how best to grow sweetcorn at home and the tell tale signs of when it's perfectly ripe while Michael makes a very fast fried sweetcorn and rocket salad.

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Summer cordials, a plague of cabbage white butterflies and juicing vegetable gluts.

Chef Christopher Trotter joins The Kitchen Garden to cook live from the back garden of the BBC in Inverness. Making a selection of summer cordials and drinks from seasonal produce Christopher shows how to create an endless summer in a glass.

Trying to work out what to do with gluts from your vegetable patch or allotment can sometimes start to test even the most creative of cooks, Susan Reynolds and Lorna Crawford show how you can take gluts of almost anything and make them into appetising juice drinks.

The hot summer has led to an abundance of cabbage white butterflies. If you are a butterfly fan this is great news, but if you have an allotment full of brassicas then it could lead to the decimation of your crop. Gardening expert Nicola Singleton explains how to best protect your cabbage, cauliflower and kale from these fluttering piranhas.

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Cook and food writer Sue Lawrence cooks live outside with Pennie Latin and the team. This week she's making ratatouille and pork meatballs with lemonthyme.

Gardening expert Frances Pringle advises on the best ways to grow and cultivate aubergines and different varieties of thyme and Sue shares her recipe ideas for both aubergines and thyme.

Dan Holland meets two of the volunteers in the Edinburgh Garden Partnership and hears how some available garden space coupled with a passion for gardening has created rewarding horticultural teamwork in and around Edinburgh!

Pennie explores a variety of homemade teas from foraged leaves and talks to Nick and Pip Molnar about their passion for foraging and tea-making in and around Forres.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small.

Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Chef Michael Smith cooks live outside with Pennie Latin and the team using fresh, seasonal produce including cucumbers and mushrooms.

Gardening expert Erica Randall advises on how to successfully grow and cultivate cucumbers.

Erica shares her tips on sowing green manures - how to go about it and what the benefits are of doing it.

Pennie goes foraging for mushrooms with chef Charlie Lockley and finds out how to make a simple brunch omelette using the mushrooms they managed to pick.

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A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small.

Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Chef Lydie Bocquillon talks to Pennie Latin and the team about her passion for brambles and shares her ideas for how much you can do with this most versatile fruit! Lydie will be making a sabayon served with fresh brambles live on air, outside in the BBC gardens.

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton gives Pennie a pruning masterclass and talks about how to get the pruning of fruit bushes just right.

World food expert Ghillie Basan talks about the history of and uses for dill and reveals why the Romans and Greeks used to wear wreaths of dill round their heads!

Nicola advises on how to grow and cultivate dill while in the al fresco kitchen, Lydie shares her ideas on how best to use dill and demonstrates a sweet potato galette with lots of fresh dill.

Celebrating the sheer joy of growing and cooking your own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself!

From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small.

Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Get to grips with making potato gnocchi, plus how to bring the forest into your allotment.

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Get to grips with making potato gnocchi, plus how to bring the forest into your allotment.

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A special programme recorded at the new edible garden in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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A special programme recorded at the new edible garden in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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Growing and cooking plums, tips on fermenting and how to plan next year's veg patch!

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The return of The Kitchen Garden - helping you to make the most of your garden as well as your kitchen. From the ground to the plate, we'll show you how!

Pennie Latin and the team find out what you can still be sowing and planting in June. If you're new to grow-your-own and are worried that you might have missed the boat, don't worry! Gardening expert Nicola Singleton has lots of advice on what you can sow or plant out right now for harvesting this year.

Chef Neil Forbes cooks live outside in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness with freshly picked produce including mini broad beans and rhubarb.

Pennie visits Glasgow's Concrete Garden to find out about this innovative urban food growing project in which people can learn the basics of grow-your-own... within a plot which is 1m square!

Over the summer, The Kitchen Cafe will be "adopting" Hawthorn Allotments - getting to know the characters there and finding out more about the fruit, veg and herbs they grow. One of the plot holders, Jed Church, shares his passion for grow-your-own and describes how there's a great community spirit and sharing of ideas down on the allotment...

Continuing our culinary jaunt around the Commonwealth with world food expert Ghillie Basan.

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A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Celebrating the sheer joy of growing and cooking your own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Chef Michael Smith joins Pennie Latin and the team to cook live outside in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness. This week he's getting creative with gooseberries and he'll be demonstrating how to create the best dressed salad leaves of the summer.

Garden enthusiast Charles Quinnell explains the history of Sutherland kale and shows Pennie how to grow, harvest and cook with it.

Gardening expert Frances Pringle advises on how best to deal with slugs if they are causing havoc in your fruit and veg plots.

Continuing our culinary jaunt round the Commonwealth, this week world food expert Ghillie Basan talks about the food traditions of Ghana.

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Celebrating the sheer joy of growing and cooking your own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Cooking both cabbage and lavender, plus the important jobs to do now for tomato plants.

Chef Neil Forbes cooks live outside in the BBC gardens in Inverness with freshly-picked, seasonal produce. This week he's using cabbages in a bubble and squeak and also lavender in creme brulee.

Writer and gardener Kenneth Cox tells Pennie Latin about how the varying geography and climate in Scotland affects the produce grown here.

Gardener Nicola Singleton explains the importance of keeping up-to-date with all the essential jobs in the garden at this time of year and advises on what needs done right now if you're growing tomatoes.

Continuing our culinary jaunt around the Commonwealth, world food expert Ghillie Basan talks about the food traditions of Ghana.

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The challenges of grow-your-own on the edges of Scotland plus fresh herbs in summer dishes

Chef and cafe owner Kirsten Gilmour cooks live outside at the BBC gardens in Inverness. Kirsten tells Pennie Latin and the team about her passion for herbs and demonstrates a couple of her favourite summer recipes using her own, fresh herbs including coriander and mint.

Sue Hollands & Neil Robertson from Eigg Organics tell Helen Needham about the challenges of growing produce on the island and the volunteers programme they run which teaches the basics of gardening.

Veg on the edge: Orkney-based gardening enthusiast and author Caroline Beaton explains how the extreme growing conditions on the edges of Scotland affects which fruit and veg are grown and how it's done.

Garden enthusiast Charles Quinnell shows Pennie his intriguing method for growing potatoes under turf.

Continuing our culinary Commonwealth tour with world food expert Ghillie Basan - this week Ghillie explains the food history and traditions of Gibraltar.

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Michael Smith cooks with produce from Hawthorn allotments plus best practice for potatoes.

Chef Michael Smith cooks live outside in the BBC gardens in Inverness with fresh, seasonal produce grown locally at the Hawthorn allotments in Inverness.

We hear how blight has hit the allotment patch and Frances Pringle explains how best practice in the garden or allotments can help to avoid this fungal disease.

Continuing our culinary Commonwealth tour with world food expert Ghillie Basan. This week Ghillie finds out about the food history and traditions of Pakistan.

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Celebrating the sheer joy of growing and cooking your own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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As our gardens reach their peak in terms of grow-your-own, Gillian Russell and Dan Holland find out more about the wealth of fresh fruit and veg that's ready right now and what we can do with it in the kitchen.

Chef Michael Smith cooks live in the gardens at the BBC in Inverness. This week he's making beetroot risotto with a red wine stock and an open vegetable lasagne - great for using up all the seasonal vegetables from your garden!

Pennie Latin wanders round the kitchen garden at the Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother's beloved holiday retreat on the north coast of Caithness. Head gardener Andrew Glaister tells Pennie about battling the elements, the clever layout of the gardens and the amazing produce they grow.

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton talks about the importance of keeping on top of the weeding and watering just now as harvesting gets into full flow in our own fruit and veg plots.

Hawthorn Allotments plot holder Richard Crawford updates us on what's been happening at the allotments over the past couple of weeks.

Dan visits a truly unusual veg plot which is situated in a bus shelter on the north coast of Scotland.

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Exploring the kitchen garden at the Castle of Mey and a vegetable patch in a bus shelter.

As our gardens reach their peak in terms of grow-your-own, Gillian Russell and Dan Holland find out more about the wealth of fresh fruit and veg that's ready right now and what we can do with it in the kitchen.

Chef Michael Smith cooks live in the gardens at the BBC in Inverness. This week he's making beetroot risotto with a red wine stock and an open vegetable lasagne - great for using up all the seasonal vegetables from your garden!

Pennie Latin wanders round the kitchen garden at the Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother's beloved holiday retreat on the north coast of Caithness. Head gardener Andrew Glaister tells Pennie about battling the elements, the clever layout of the gardens and the amazing produce they grow.

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton talks about the importance of keeping on top of the weeding and watering just now as harvesting gets into full flow in our own fruit and veg plots.

Hawthorn Allotments plot holder Richard Crawford updates us on what's been happening at the allotments over the past couple of weeks.

Dan visits a truly unusual veg plot which is situated in a bus shelter on the north coast of Scotland.

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Advice on water-logged vegetable patches, composting and using fruit in breakfast recipes.

Grow-your-own advice and seasonal cooking inspiration from Dan Holland, Gillian Russell and the Kitchen Garden team.

Chef and cafe owner Kirsten Gilmour cooks live in the grounds of the BBC in Inverness. This week she's using fresh, seasonal fruit - including berries, currants and rhubarb - to create some delicious breakfast recipes.

Plot holder Jed Church from Hawthorn Allotments shows Dan the water-logging at the allotment and describes the problems faced by gardeners after the recent deluge of rain.

Gardening expert Frances Pringle and allotment plot holder Richard Crawford share their ideas for composting at this time of year and advise on how to get it just right if you are new to grow-your-own.

Christina Murray, co-author of A Taste Of Mey, and Pennie Latin gather some fresh ingredients from the Castle of Mey kitchen garden to cook with back in the castle kitchens.

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Courgette recipes, summer vegetable plot diseases and discovering the Gardens by the Tay.

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Courgettes are very much in season but if you're struggling for ideas because of a mountain of home-grown courgettes then why not let Pennie Latin and The Kitchen Garden team inspire you to try some fresh new recipes.

Chef and cafe owner Kirsten Gilmour cooks live in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness. This week she's making a courgette salad with parma ham and a potato and courgette rosti. We'll also hear cook Carina Contini making a fresh courgette salad with crowdie cheese and edible flowers.

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton gives advice and tips on how to combat this summer's most common diseases and pests in our veg plots. After a spell of warm dry weather followed by lots of rain the conditions are, unfortunately, perfect for both...

Garden enthusiast Charles Quinnell shares his secrets for growing garlic plus how best to use it up and store it if you have too much.

Dan Holland visits the Gardens by The Tay, a community grow-your-own project in the centre of Newburgh which aims to promote a healthier diet, build community links and improve both physical and mental health. Plus Nicola and Charles look at the increasing enthusiasm for growing in public spaces.

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Growing and cooking squash, sowing green manures and the story behind Newburgh's Orchard.

Chef and cafe owner Kirsten Gilmour cooks live outside in the gardens of the BBC in Inverness with Pennie Latin and the team. This week she's using squash and apples.

Pennie visits Hawthorn Allotments in Inverness to get an update on how the fruit and veg have been doing recently and speaks to plot holder Richard Crawford about growing and harvesting squash.

Late summer is the perfect time to start sowing green manures. Richard Crawford advises on what to sow as green manures and how to get the best out of them.

Dan Holland takes a trip to Newburgh in Fife to discover the history of fruit growing there and the story of the Newburgh Orchard.

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A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Pennie Latin is joined by gardeners and chefs for advice on growing and cooking produce.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Pennie Latin is joined by gardeners and chefs for advice on growing and cooking produce.

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

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Chef Lydie Bocquillon cooks live outside in the grounds of the BBC in Inverness with Pennie Latin and the team. This week Lydie is making a bramble omelette and a potato veloute with mint.

Pennie speaks to gardening expert Nicola Singleton and local nursery owner Natalie Kirkby about how to create a scented lawn and which plants would be best suited to it.

Gardening expert Frances Pringle and allotment plot holder Richard Crawford suggest which manures work best for which job in the garden.

If you've got a glut of produce in your garden and fancy trying your hand making some alcoholic drinks with it then why not let Frances, Richard and Lydie inspire you to give it a go?!.

And as autumn approaches, now is the time to start preparing for and planting winter veg. Frances and Richard have advice and suggestions for how best to go about it.

Cooking with brambles, creating a scented lawn, growing winter vegetables and using manure

Chef Lydie Bocquillon cooks live outside in the grounds of the BBC in Inverness with Pennie Latin and the team. This week Lydie is making a bramble omelette and a potato veloute with mint.

Pennie speaks to gardening expert Nicola Singleton and local nursery owner Natalie Kirkby about how to create a scented lawn and which plants would be best suited to it.

Gardening expert Frances Pringle and allotment plot holder Richard Crawford suggest which manures work best for which job in the garden.

If you've got a glut of produce in your garden and fancy trying your hand making some alcoholic drinks with it then why not let Frances, Richard and Lydie inspire you to give it a go?!.

And as autumn approaches, now is the time to start preparing for and planting winter veg. Frances and Richard have advice and suggestions for how best to go about it.

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Chef and author Christopher Trotter cooks live in the BBC garden in Inverness with fresh, seasonal produce. This week he's using leeks and nasturtium leaves.

Allotment plot holders Richard, Kevin, Cath and Dan talk about how the growing season has been at Hawthorn Allotments in Inverness and share their highs and lows from this year's grow-your-own. What have been your heroes and villains in the veg plot?!

If you've been inspired to try growing your own produce next year then gardening expert Nicola Singleton advises on how to begin, what to do in the coming weeks and months and which fruit, veg and herbs are the easiest to start off with.

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A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

20141010

A passion for cooking goes hand in hand with a passion for sourcing the freshest, most seasonal, local ingredients. When it comes to fruit, herbs and veg they don't come much fresher than the ones you've grown yourself! From a window box of cherry tomatoes, to patio pots of herbs and lettuces right up to the self-sufficient allotment holder. In The Kitchen Garden, presenter Pennie Latin will be joined by gardening experts and grow your own enthusiasts of all ages to share their passion and advice on how to get the best out of your garden - no matter how large or small. Of course the biggest pleasure in growing your own food is then seeing just how great it can taste when you marry it with the rest of Scotland's amazing seasonal ingredients. Each week some of Scotland's top chefs will be talking about how to get the best out of the ingredients in season as well as cooking up a range of inspirational dishes from Scotland's weekly harvest. BBC Radio Scotland's The Kitchen Garden...making radio taste better than ever!

20150611

Grow it, cook it, eat it! Throughout the summer The Kitchen Garden will be eating our way round gardens across the length and breadth of Scotland and what better way to kick off the series than with a barbecue.

This week we're at Boath House on the outskirts of Nairn. Head chef, Charlie Lockley is passionate about using fresh herbs and ingredients from the kitchen garden. Fresh herbs from garden go perfectly on the barbecue with some marinated rabbit, says Charlie.

Garden designer and Boath House owner Wendy Matheson talks to Pennie about how she has transformed the walled garden from an overgrown field into an area that not only looks beautiful but works for the kitchen, providing fresh produce year round.

Dan Holland meets garlic farmers Glen and Gilli Allingham to find out more about an ingredient with a twist in its tail, garlic scapes.

If you are wondering what jobs you should be doing the garden over the next few weeks then grow your own enthusiast Richard Crawford gives us some advice on how to keep on top of the garden and get the best from it.

20150618

Did you know that a common plant found in your rock garden could treat a scold or a burn? Or, have you heard of a leafy, Scottish plant with leaves that taste like oysters? Pennie Latin gets a lesson in all things herbaceous from Duncan and Yuriko Ross at Poyntzfield herb nursery in the Black Isle. Their nursery contains over 400 herbs from all of over the world, some aromatic, the rest are for culinary and medicinal purposes.

Whilst Duncan talks about the medicinal herbs with Pennie and Richard, Yuriko gets busy in the kitchen with the herbs, using them to make a very special, Japanese kitchen garden feast.

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This week the kitchen garden team visit Dundee's 'soul garden' at the Dudhope Multicultural centre. Pennie Latin and gardening expert Nicola Singleton, take a walk around this wonderful, urban, car park, garden. They witness the first harvest of potatoes and come across some non-native vegetables such as kabachi and pak choi growing side-by-side with the more familiar; peas, beans and marrows. This reflects the whole ethos of Dudhope, a space where the diverse community can come together and grow. For this centre provides a place to exercise, socialise and to eat together.

Speaking of eating, this week chicken and vegetable curry is on the menu in Dudhope's community café. Nicola Singleton takes her turn in the kitchen making fresh mint chutney, under the watchful eye of centre cook Schweta, whilst Dan Holland comes across an unusual food vending machine in the Overgate shopping centre, Dundee.

20150702

Grow it, cook it, eat it! That's the Kitchen Garden philosophy and this summer Pennie Latin and the team are back, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on the hunt for the freshest, best ingredients Scotland's gardens have to offer. Packed with expert advice all the way from the veg plot to the plate, they'll be helping you get the most out of both your garden and your kitchen. So whether its courgettes from Carnoustie, potatoes from Pittenweem or marrows from Melrose, all summer long The Kitchen Garden will be growing, cooking and eating their way through a garden near you.

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Pennie Latin and the Kitchen Garden team pay a visit to the Murray Royal Hospital gardens. This beautiful and serene gardens and cafe have become a place of therapy and growth for its staff. The Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service have volunteers who work in the walled garden and in the café. Many have been suffering with mental health problems. Pennie catches up with one of the volunteers to find out how his life has improved. She also talks to George the Manager of PKAVS and Alasdair the gardener. Whilst Dan Holland asks Chef Kenny, 'what's on the café menu?'

We will also hear from Jenny in Perth, and Mary in Kingussie; both work for Trellis, a charity providing gardening and growing support for people with learning disabilities and dementia. All of this plus gardening expert Nicola Singleton tells us what we need to be tending to in the garden this fortnight.

20150709

Pennie Latin and the Kitchen Garden team pay a visit to the Murray Royal Hospital gardens. This beautiful and serene gardens and cafe have become a place of therapy and growth for its staff. The Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service have volunteers who work in the walled garden and in the café. Many have been suffering with mental health problems. Pennie catches up with one of the volunteers to find out how his life has improved. She also talks to George the Manager of PKAVS and Alasdair the gardener. Whilst Dan Holland asks Chef Kenny, 'what's on the café menu?'

We will also hear from Jenny in Perth, and Mary in Kingussie; both work for Trellis, a charity providing gardening and growing support for people with learning disabilities and dementia. All of this plus gardening expert Nicola Singleton tells us what we need to be tending to in the garden this fortnight.

20150709

Grow it, cook it, eat it! That's the Kitchen Garden philosophy and this summer Pennie Latin and the team are back, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on the hunt for the freshest, best ingredients Scotland's gardens have to offer. Packed with expert advice all the way from the veg plot to the plate, they'll be helping you get the most out of both your garden and your kitchen. So whether its courgettes from Carnoustie, potatoes from Pittenweem or marrows from Melrose, all summer long The Kitchen Garden will be growing, cooking and eating their way through a garden near you.

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Pennie Latin and the kitchen garden team head West and climb aboard the ferry bound for the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The first stop is Ard Daraich in Ardgour, where thrashing winds batter the landscape regularly and the sun barely peeps over the hills in winter; not your typical spot for a fruitful kitchen garden you're thinking? Well, this episode will prove you wrong. Pennie Latin meets Anna and Norrie MacLaren. Not only do they battle the extreme weather but also rocks and a distinct lack of soil in their 8 acre hill garden.

If that's not enough, this garden has even more intrigue. Famous florist and cookbook author Constance Spry once owned this house as her holiday home. New owner Anna pays homage in making her rhubarb and ginger compote. Dan Holland heads to Acharacle to meet Jill Gosney. Jill has encountered boggy ground, acidic soil and salty, scorching winds; yet still she maintains a garden with over 300 species of plants.

20150723

Grow it, cook it, eat it! That's the Kitchen Garden philosophy and this summer Pennie Latin and the team are back, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on the hunt for the freshest, best ingredients Scotland's gardens have to offer. Packed with expert advice all the way from the veg plot to the plate, they'll be helping you get the most out of both your garden and your kitchen. So whether its courgettes from Carnoustie, potatoes from Pittenweem or marrows from Melrose, all summer long The Kitchen Garden will be growing, cooking and eating their way through a garden near you.

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Pennie Latin visits Kellie Castle in Fife. Guide Margaret Hunter shows Pennie round the castle, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This castle once played home to Robert the Bruce's daughter but now it's home to the...Cucamelon? As well as this vegetable/fruit hybrid they also have 75 varieties of apples here and 25 varieties of rhubarb. Gardener's Diane Barrie and Mark Armour, very bravely asks Pennie to sample one of the more palatable varieties, known as the 'champagne rhubarb.' Not a good idea! Dan Holland visits local chef, Craig Millar, who uses produce from Kellie castle in his restaurant. Craig's rose panacotta and deep-fried seaweed kale are being delivered to the castle for lunch, that's if Dan doesn't eat it all en route! Also gardening expert Richard Crawford tells us to keep on top of our weeding in 'jobs for the fortnight'.

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The Kagyu Samye Ling centre near Eskdalemuir was the first Buddhist monastery and Tibetan centre built in the West. It was set up in 1967 and remains the biggest in Europe to this date. Pennie Latin visits the volunteer run gardens and meets head gardener Tony Freck and one of his helpers Scott to hear what has inspired them and kept them here. Nun Ani Lhamo describes life at the centre while showing Pennie the golden Buddhas and visiting the beautifully decorated temple.

The kitchen garden here supplements the kitchens which can feed up to 150 people each meal time. But with the recent weather Chef Josep explains there isn't much to harvest and eat.

However, some plants love all this damp weather, especially tea. Pennie Latin and Kerry Duff travel to Galloway's first tea plantation to meet Angela Hurrell who began growing it in 2014.

20150813

Grow it, cook it, eat it! That's the Kitchen Garden philosophy and this summer Pennie Latin and the team are back, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on the hunt for the freshest, best ingredients Scotland's gardens have to offer. Packed with expert advice all the way from the veg plot to the plate, they'll be helping you get the most out of both your garden and your kitchen. So whether its courgettes from Carnoustie, potatoes from Pittenweem or marrows from Melrose, all summer long The Kitchen Garden will be growing, cooking and eating their way through a garden near you.

20150820

Grow it, cook it, eat it! That's the Kitchen Garden philosophy and this summer Pennie Latin and the team are back, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on the hunt for the freshest, best ingredients Scotland's gardens have to offer. Packed with expert advice all the way from the veg plot to the plate, they'll be helping you get the most out of both your garden and your kitchen. So whether its courgettes from Carnoustie, potatoes from Pittenweem or marrows from Melrose, all summer long The Kitchen Garden will be growing, cooking and eating their way through a garden near you.

20150827

Grow it, cook it, eat it! That's the Kitchen Garden philosophy and this summer Pennie Latin and the team are back, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on the hunt for the freshest, best ingredients Scotland's gardens have to offer. Packed with expert advice all the way from the veg plot to the plate, they'll be helping you get the most out of both your garden and your kitchen. So whether its courgettes from Carnoustie, potatoes from Pittenweem or marrows from Melrose, all summer long The Kitchen Garden will be growing, cooking and eating their way through a garden near you.

20150903

Pennie Latin gets brought into the fold by two Michelin star Chef Andrew Fairlie. She makes her way to his top secret garden in Perth-shire. Here the word perfection doesn't go far enough, not a brown leaf, nor a weed in sight; failing plants need not apply. This immaculate garden in Perthshire is a place of inspiration, creativity and learning for Andrew's staff. The fruit, veg and herbs here are being carefully nurtured and selected to be put into dishes served in his top restaurant at Gleneagles. After a tour of the garden, Pennie gets to watch lunch being created with the fresh ingredients. Also Dan visits a garden in Tullibody that's successfully promoting healthy living through growing veg as a community.

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Be prepared for your idea of a kitchen garden to get turned on its head. Forget your walled gardens, your water features, perfect lawns, symmetrical rows, and Victorian glasshouses because this week it's all about, derelict gap sites, concrete spaces, radio masts and busy roads. Yes, you heard right! Pennie Latin visits the Woodlands community garden in Glasgow. Here a previously derelict gap site has been transformed into a beautiful, luscious and vibrant community garden. At this time of year everything is flowering and bursting with life in the individual raised beds. We hear from some of the 'raised-bedders', finding out what they are growing, what they are learning and what brought them here in the first place. Not only are the volunteers busy in the garden here, but they also help out in the community kitchen in Maryhill. Each week they feed up to 60 people for free and provide cookery demonstrations. All this plus Pennie re-visits another garden in Possilpark. This 'serene' garden is built upon concrete, right next to a busy road, with a radio mast in the garden...but yet still provides it users with a sense of calm, peace and belonging. Pennie catches up with 'the concrete garden' gang and finds out what's changed in the last year.

20150910

Be prepared for your idea of a kitchen garden to get turned on its head. Forget your walled gardens, your water features, perfect lawns, symmetrical rows, and Victorian glasshouses because this week it's all about, derelict gap sites, concrete spaces, radio masts and busy roads. Yes, you heard right! Pennie Latin visits the Woodlands community garden in Glasgow. Here a previously derelict gap site has been transformed into a beautiful, luscious and vibrant community garden. At this time of year everything is flowering and bursting with life in the individual raised beds. We hear from some of the 'raised-bedders', finding out what they are growing, what they are learning and what brought them here in the first place. Not only are the volunteers busy in the garden here, but they also help out in the community kitchen in Maryhill. Each week they feed up to 60 people for free and provide cookery demonstrations. All this plus Pennie re-visits another garden in Possilpark. This 'serene' garden is built upon concrete, right next to a busy road, with a radio mast in the garden...but yet still provides it users with a sense of calm, peace and belonging. Pennie catches up with 'the concrete garden' gang and finds out what's changed in the last year.

20150917

20150917

Pennie Latin is in the central belt this week and the first stop is Erskine, where an old garden centre is being used as a place of comfort, learning, socialising and therapy for veterans of war. Gardening Leave, described as a 'tarmac paradise', is made up of raised beds and polytunnels, where the veterans are growing food for themselves and the nearby hospital. The raised beds are made at a good height for people with mobility issues or bad backs. But it's not only raised beds here; it's hospital beds too. The beds donated by Erskine hospital have been adapted to grow veggies. Their height is adjustable for the volunteers and even better still, they can be wheeled into the sun light. Pennie stays for lunch and tries a potato pizza made by the volunteers. Next stop is another garden centre but this time in Alexandria. Here General Manager Thomas Callaghan has donated the use of a large green house to the Lomond foodbank.

20150917

Pennie Latin is in the central belt this week and the first stop is Erskine, where an old garden centre is being used as a place of comfort, learning, socialising and therapy for veterans of war. Gardening Leave, described as a 'tarmac paradise', is made up of raised beds and polytunnels, where the veterans are growing food for themselves and the nearby hospital. The raised beds are made at a good height for people with mobility issues or bad backs. But it's not only raised beds here; it's hospital beds too. The beds donated by Erskine hospital have been adapted to grow veggies. Their height is adjustable for the volunteers and even better still, they can be wheeled into the sun light. Pennie stays for lunch and tries a potato pizza made by the volunteers. Next stop is another garden centre but this time in Alexandria. Here General Manager Thomas Callaghan has donated the use of a large green house to the Lomond foodbank.

20150924

20150924

We arrive at the end of 'The Kitchen Garden' series this week and what a summer it's been; restored walled gardens, tea plantations, foraging, therapy projects, community gardens, medicinal herbs and the discovery of the cucamelon; to name but a few. How better than to end it than with a BBQ? Pennie Latin joins the pupils, parents and teachers at Teanassie Primary in Beauly. Pupils here have been learning a very important lesson; where their food comes from. This year the kids of Teanassie have been growing their own veggies and raising their own Kunekune pig, Lincoln. Pennie catches up with them in their kitchen garden whilst Dan accompanies some pupils to the local butchers then finally everyone tucks into the fruits of their labour at their summer BBQ. Also, Pennie Latin pays a visit to Borestone Primary in Stirling, where the pupils are getting excited over...sprouts? Yes you did hear right, Brussel sprouts.

20150924

We arrive at the end of 'The Kitchen Garden' series this week and what a summer it's been; restored walled gardens, tea plantations, foraging, therapy projects, community gardens, medicinal herbs and the discovery of the cucamelon; to name but a few. How better than to end it than with a BBQ? Pennie Latin joins the pupils, parents and teachers at Teanassie Primary in Beauly. Pupils here have been learning a very important lesson; where their food comes from. This year the kids of Teanassie have been growing their own veggies and raising their own Kunekune pig, Lincoln. Pennie catches up with them in their kitchen garden whilst Dan accompanies some pupils to the local butchers then finally everyone tucks into the fruits of their labour at their summer BBQ. Also, Pennie Latin pays a visit to Borestone Primary in Stirling, where the pupils are getting excited over...sprouts? Yes you did hear right, Brussel sprouts.