The Polytunnel is back up after the storm Isha.

A couple of hours work with Steve, and the poly tunnel is back up again. I really appreciated his help, banter and the satisfaction when it was all back up. It’s not pretty but it’s a working tunnel.
It has lifted my spirits as it did when it was rebuilt after Storm Arwen. There are thoughts of putting straps and additional guy ropes to strengthen the structure over winter.

We are having a volunteer day on Saturday 24th Feb from 2:00-4:00pm to tidy and clear up. If you can make it, you’re welcome.

Uno y Dos

We have two baby chicks from seven eggs and they are going to be part of the school visits.

A total of four chicks hatched but two did not make it, it’s a wee shame. ‘Don’t count your chicks before they hatch’

If you’re thinking of incubating eggs, consider that you will learn the harsh realities of life and death. It’s mostly a celebration of life and that it’s a real miracle.

Beginners Gardeners 4 week course in Stockbridge Edinburgh in March

This course has been successfully running for the last 3 years, the content and delivery are relevant, interesting and fun!

If you’d like to book on any course click on the links below.
https://buytickets.at/thesanctuarygarden

You’ll finish the course feeling enthusiastic and confident, knowing where to find any information you may need – in a position to start gardening and growing your own vegetables immediately!

The interactive presentation allows a deeper appreciation and understanding of gardening. It will be easy to start growing and harvesting by understanding the underlying principles of plant biology.

Also, well-being is woven into the course as we’ll be looking at the connection between growing your own vegetables and the health benefits it brings from improved mental and physical wellness to better nutrition and a stronger immune system.

The aim is to encourage everyone to start small in their gardening journey, learn to upcycle and keep costs to a minimum.

There are two courses running simultaneously, one on Tuesday Evening 6:30-8:30pm and the other on Sunday Morning 10-30-12:30. If you can’t attend a session, you can join the other group so you don’t miss out.

*All gardening materials are included – just bring along pen and paper to take notes*

This is what we’ll be covering:

WEEK 1
Choosing pots and pot sizes
Choosing compost, sand and drainage
How to prevent lopsided plants
Feeding seedlings
How to keep seedlings thriving

WEEK 2
Multiply your plants
Growing herbs on the cheap
Knowing when to plant out seedlings
Mistakes to avoid
Seeds and how to collect your own

WEEK 3
Choose what to grow in you garden or balcony
Being self-sufficient
Frosts, wind and sunshine
Why grow organically?
What enhances soil microbes?

WEEK 4
Your microclimate and improving it
Micro-green tasting
Introduction to square foot gardening
Simple and effective planning system
Perpetual planting

Come and join us!

Grant Stewart
Head Gardener
The Sanctuary Garden
Kingseat, Dunfermline
www.thesanctuarygarden.co.uk

Vegetable Gardening Taster Courses in Stockbridge Edinburgh.

Are you intrigued by the idea of cultivating your own vegetables? Our hour-long taster course is designed to provide you with essential insights, practical ideas and the confidence to kickstart your vegetable growing journey.

There are 3 hour long taster courses on Tuesday 6 and 20 February at 18:30 and another on Sunday 25th Feb at 10:30 am and available on Eventbrite for £5.00 per person.

In this brief yet informative session, we’ll cover:

  • Getting started
  • Essential tools
  • Pots and compost selection
  • Choosing the right vegetables
  • The benefits of organic gardening
  • Keeping your gardening costs minimal

This quick one-hour course is a perfect introduction. If you find the world of vegetable growing captivating, consider joining our follow-up two-hour course, conducted weekly over four weeks; click for more details This extended session delves deeper, equipping you with the knowledge to start your vegetable garden promptly. Let’s embark on this green adventure together!

Storm Isha caused a little damage

It’s disheartening to witness the aftermath of Storm Isha wreaking havoc. While the scale of devastation is significant, I’m grateful that, in comparison, it’s relatively minor. Having seen the real and extensive damage caused elsewhere in the country, I appreciate that most of what’s happened here is repairable, and the costs associated with the repairs are relatively manageable. The floods of support, both in terms of moral encouragement and tangible assistance, have been overwhelming as I work to get everything back up and running. Thank you for the kindness and support during this challenging time.

Bring a friend and save 1/3 of the cost of a ticket

Last chance to get you place on the Vegetable Gardening Courses in Dunfermline in January.

Tickets are £75 or you can save 1/3 on the price of a ticket if bring one friend or more. Book NOW!

Buy tickets for The Sanctuary Garden

The 4 week Vegetable Gardening Courses start next week, all held in Townhill Community Center.

if you’re looking to grow your own vegetables this year, this course is for you.

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discount before the 24th of December!

Only a few spaces left on this adult vegetable course (Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon) in Dunfermline.

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thesanctuarygarden

This course is aimed at beginners, so if you want start growing your own vegetables next year, these are for you!

Come and join us.

Grant

Budding Gardeners: A fun four week course aimed at children and their parents

The Budding Gardeners Course offers an engaging one-hour adaptation of our adult program, featuring a more hands-on approach and an exciting addition – baby chicks! 

Click here to buy tickets
Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

Designed to cater specifically to children, the course covers essential garden basics. Adult participants play a vital supporting role, actively working alongside their child throughout the session. This collaborative experience not only enhances the learning process but ensures that these newfound skills are effectively retained and can be seamlessly applied at home.

Drawing from valuable experience in local primary school gardens, we’ve found that the ideal age range for participants falls between 7 and 13 years old.

The aim is to encourage everyone to start small in their gardening journey, learn to upcycle and keep costs to a minimum.

Normal Price is £45 for an adult and child and £15 per additional child for a 4 week course in January 2024 – location tbc in Dunfermline

*  EARLY BIRD  * Prices are £30 per adult and child and £12.50 per additional child if booked before 24th December 2023

*All gardening materials are included – just bring along pen and paper to take notes*

This is what we’ll be covering:

WEEK 1
Choosing pots and pot sizes
Choosing compost, sand and drainage
How to prevent lopsided plants
Feeding seedlings
How to keep seedlings thriving

WEEK 2
Multiply your plants
Growing herbs on the cheap
Knowing when to plant out seedlings
Mistakes to avoid
Seeds and how to collect your own

WEEK 3
Choose what to grow in you garden or balcony
Being self-sufficient
Frosts, wind and sunshine
Why grow organically?
What enhances soil microbes?

WEEK 4
Your microclimate and improving it
Micro-green tasting
Introduction to square foot gardening
Simple and effective planning system
Perpetual planting

Here are some reviews from attendees to previous courses:

  • “Amazing class again, thanks”

  • “I’ve been enjoying it, i was genuinely surprised by how much too. I’m about as green fingered as a dolphin. I have started messing about with plants in mum’s green house”

  • “Thank you so much Grant for another wonderful growing course crammed with wisdom, laughs and the odd experiment.”
  • “Thanks for another great session”

  • “Great class this afternoon, I have learned so much”

  • “Great class, with great group of people, will miss the class when it finishes next week”

Come and join us!

Grant Stewart
Head Gardener
The Sanctuary Garden
Kingseat, Dunfermline
www.thesanctuarygarden.co.uk

Beginners Vegetable Gardening courses

This course has been successfully running for the last 3 years, the content and delivery are relevant, interesting and fun!

Click here to buy tickets
Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

You’ll finish the course feeling enthusiastic and confident, knowing where to find any information you may need – in a position to start gardening and growing your own vegetables immediately!

The interactive presentation allows a deeper appreciation and understanding of gardening. It will be easy to start growing and harvesting by understanding the underlying principles of plant biology.

Also, wellbeing is woven into the course as we’ll be looking at the connection between growing your own vegetables and the health benefits it brings from improved mental and physical wellness to better nutrition and a stronger immune system.

The aim is to encourage everyone to start small in their gardening journey, learn to upcycle and keep costs to a minimum.

* Save a 1/3 by buying an ‘EARLY BIRD’ ticket before the 24th December 2023 *
Total price is £50 per person for a 4 week course in January 2024  – location tbc in Dunfermline

There are two courses running simultaneously, one on Tuesday evening and the other on Saturday afternoon. If you can’t attend a session, you can join the other group so you don’t miss out.

*All gardening materials are included – just bring along pen and paper to take notes*

This is what we’ll be covering:

WEEK 1
Choosing pots and pot sizes
Choosing compost, sand and drainage
How to prevent lopsided plants
Feeding seedlings
How to keep seedlings thriving

WEEK 2
Multiply your plants
Growing herbs on the cheap
Knowing when to plant out seedlings
Mistakes to avoid
Seeds and how to collect your own

WEEK 3
Choose what to grow in you garden or balcony
Being self-sufficient
Frosts, wind and sunshine
Why grow organically?
What enhances soil microbes?

WEEK 4
Your microclimate and improving it
Micro-green tasting
Introduction to square foot gardening
Simple and effective planning system
Perpetual planting

Here are some reviews from attendees to previous courses:

  •   “Amazing class again, thanks”

  •  “I’ve been enjoying it, i was genuinely surprised by how much too. I’m about as green fingered as a dolphin. I have started messing about with plants in mum’s green house”

  • “Thank you so much Grant for another wonderful growing course crammed with wisdom, laughs and the odd experiment.”
    
  • “Thanks for another great session”

  •  “Great class this afternoon, I have learned so much”
    

  • “Great class, with great group of people, will miss the class when it finishes next week” 

Come and join us!

Grant Stewart
Head Gardener
The Sanctuary Garden
Kingseat, Dunfermline
www.thesanctuarygarden.co.uk

Donibristle Primary School gets 7 new upcycled organic raised beds

The children saw how easy it was to assemble a raised bed in less 15 minutes. The pallets are 8′ plasterboard pallets that were broken up and denailed. The nails were used to reassemble the beds. “It’s free” they said “and all you need is a hammer and a hand saw!”

Cooking oil is used to preserve the wood; it’s non poisonous, cheap and easy to apply with a little roller.

The delivery of 8 cubes of organic mushroom compost has a few glitches; the truck got stuck and the shaft of the spade broke. It should be all moved to the beds in a week or so, depending on the weather.

The children planted winter spinach, pak choi, spanish radish and lettuce and it’s November.

Thanks to The Cookie Jar Foundation for the support