Herb planting with St David’s primary school

St David’s Primary School P5 are coming down every Thurdsay to work on their John Muir Award. which is about discovering and exploring nature. Last week we planted up the herb border around our spiral seat.

Here’s some pics of the busy session – with 31 kids plus adults, it was very hectic!


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Willow dome!

Very excitingly, we now have our willow dome up in the garden, installed by willow expert Rob Eves and North Edinburgh Grows artist-in-residence Natalie Taylor

This is a living willow dome, and as the year goes by will grow to bec0me a gorgeous leafy structure.

As an added creative touch, Natalie used reclaimed plastic tubing from construction sites to create colourful cut through windows.

Willow dome being constructed:


Finished dome:


Up close view of windows


Before and after shots

Here’s a reminder of how much has been done since last autumn – lots and lots has changed. And there’s more to come… more planting happening this week, fencing to go up, plots to be started on, veg to be sown, herbs to be planted… and on and on!

Valla has started a drop-in gardening session on a Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm in April, extending to 5pm from May onwards. Other gardening sessions and workshops to be announced soon.

November 2013 and March 2014 looking up the garden

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November 2013 and March 2014 looking down the garden to North Edinburgh Arts

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November 2013 and March 2014 at the top of the garden

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November 2013 and March 2014 at the top corner

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Garden landscaping gathering pace!

The garden project is gathering pace with lots of new things going in over the last few weeks.

Our new greenhouse, courtesy of Vision Mechanic’s Greenhouse project, went in last week. Natalie will be doing some creative growing here over the summer and Valla and garden volunteers will be bringing on seedlings to be put out into plots and beds – first lot of lettuce getting sown this week!

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And our drystone dyker Richard put the finishing touches onto the walls built during our workshops, including getting the insect boxes into position. Delightful.

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And finally, we had some tree planting going on from Create, our under 5s creative group, with St David’s Primary School P5, who are using the garden for their John Muir Award, and with MYDG.

The first tree in!

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Insect box pics

There was some beastie-tastic work at NEA this week with North Edinburgh Grow’s artist in residence Natalie – amongst the children joining in were the children from Crewe Road Nursery and the Muirhouse Library Garden Group.

They made some lovely insect boxes to be put into the new walls in the garden.

Here’s some pics:

Filling the box



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Some beastie colouring skills


A bit of colour

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And ta-da!

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Rainbow boxes
And finally, getting fitted into the wall


What’s inside?!

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Garden tours – Friday 7th March and Saturday 22nd March

Fancy a look around our new garden?

Then come along for a tour of the site this Friday afternoon (7th March) between 2 and 3pm. Valla, North Edinburgh Grows garden coordinator, will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions about our new garden project.

And if you can’t make it along this Friday afternoon, we’ll be doing some more tours on Saturday 22nd March, both in the morning and early afternoon.

Pictures of the some of the latest work:

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