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Gardening at home – No pots? No problem!

It’s March 2020, we’ve all suddenly had a bit of a shock regarding our ability to go and buy food, either through limited access to shops (self isolation) or limited stock in the shops. There are other food supply option which we can access like our very own Tree and local food veg box schemes, but these cannot all ramp up at the same speed as the emergency measures have struck. As a resulRead More…

Big Butterfly Count 2019

The big Butterfly count is on and the meadow area in Guardbridge Community Garden is proving a good spotting location. RingletMeadow BrownShaded Broad-barSmall Tortoise Shell On Friday the 19th July, coinciding with the start of the Big Butterfly Count 2019 we were lucky enough to see lots of Ringlets, a male and female meadow Brown, a small tortoise shell, and lots of what were (probablyRead More…

What you can do to reduce Climate Change

By TransitionStA volunteer- Isabelle Low A Passivhaus in Fife – photo by Fiona Drummond I was prompted to write this piece by an article in the Sunday Times by Dominic Lawson, saying (accurately) that anything that we did in the UK would change only 1% at most of global emissions, most of which are produced by the USA and China. I agree with his data; I disagree fundamentally with his coRead More…

May Flowers at Guardbridge

April showers bring forth May flowers, so the old adage goes. It didn’t feel like we had many April showers, but there was certainly occasionally frost and hail. Nonetheless, flowers are blooming in the community garden at Guardbridge. The Meadow and Woodland areas have been providing nectar for all manner of bugs and beasties, and the birds are celebrating by singing in the trees. Last weekRead More…

Kale Chips! recipe

It’s February and the community gardens still have food in them, including Brassicas, the cabbage family plants. Kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts are still green and seem to shrug off the snow and frosts and even keep growing (all be it slowly). So what tasty treats can we make with these? One of my favorites is Kale Chips. For Kale Chips, all you need are: some kale leaves- washed, the tRead More…

Apple: Cambusnethan Pippin

The Guardbridge Community garden is full of surprises! Not least an apple tree with an actual name label still attached.
The Cambusnethan Pippin apple tree was struggling along, despite it’s main leader branch having been snapped, the encroachment of a very vigorous poplar sucker system, and plenty of neglect, it was still staked and gamely trying to grow towards the light. A little googling lateRead More…

Skirrets!

Going back to our Roots Or The return of a Medieval Vegetable to St Andrews. I first heard of Skirrets (Sium sisarum) at the end of 2017 after reading a copy of The Scots Gard’ner by John Reid (published 1683). At first I thought that it was a different name for a common vegetable, but a bit of googling corrected me. It was a popular root vegetable across Europe during the Tudor times, anRead More…

Meadow Making: Guardbridge Community Garden

There have been big changes at the Guardbridge community garden since a team of dedicated volunteers have been meeting up most Friday’s from 10-12noon (and some of them visiting between sessions). One of the most obvious changes, as you walk into the garden, is the management of the central meadow area. In the UK, meadows have been estimated to have declined by 97% since the 1930s. The maiRead More…

Guardbridge Community Garden

As the development of the Eden Campus goes ahead, there is also a development of the food growing spaces in Guardbridge. The Guardbridge Community Garden is tucked away between the weir and the water treatment plant on the Leuchars side of Guardbridge.  You turn down a lane between the 40 mile an hour sign and a blue bin, past a wooden gate and through a creaky gate. Once through a short tunRead More…

Eden Campus Ecopod Planters

As the development of the Eden Campus goes ahead, there is also a development of the food growing spaces in Guardbridge. (photos show the development of the planters from not edible plantings to edible) The planters around the Site development office, the off grid Ecopod, have now been converted into edible planters, with a heavy emphasis on Herbs on the more exposed windy side of the Ecopod. Read More…

Edible Campus Garden Tours

We are delighted to introduce the Edible Campus Garden Tours, led by an experienced walking guide, we will take you on a short walking tour around some of the hidden gardens in St Andrews, there may even be some food to harvest.    St Gregory’s Quad, Pallet garden  Everyone is welcome in our Community gardens, all we ask is that you record your visit in the record book on site at each gaRead More…