Category Archives: gardening

Orchard Workshops: Learn to make a Pea cone: Sunday, 29th June

The first in a short series of


Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Pea cone workshop with Anna Leibmann

Sunday, 29th June 11-3pm, £30 (there are a few concessionary places, please contact us for details)

Learn to make a beautiful willow pea cone to support your peas, or other climbing plants. All materials provided, but bring your own lunch.

Please book by June 22nd. Contact Eve:
eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Electric Bungalow Community Garden


Members of the Electric Bungalow Community Garden would like to thank the wider community in Portobello for all their support and encouragement after the garden on Bath Street was bulldozed last Thursday.

bath st memorial

Please feel free to drop by and add something (perhaps draw a flower on the pavement, weave cloth or wool into the fence) to add to our memorial just outside.

The group is considering our next steps and will post plans on the facebook group and the PEDAL website in due course.

PEDAL ‘Street Level’ – make it happen on your street!


Would you love to have a street party on your street — but never got round to mak­ing it hap­pen? Or do you think car-sharing with a few people who live close by would make sense, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Maybe you think it’s crazy that 10 people in your street have a lawn mower, when you could all just use the same one?

If so, Street Level may be for you.

It’s not complicated – just the chance to bring together a bunch of people who’d like to start something good on their street – so they can share a bit of moral and prac­tical sup­port. Let’s get together, share ideas and resources and sup­port one another to make good things hap­pen on our streets.

The kinds of things we might do are:

Organise street parties

Join Streetbank

Get on-street bike storage

Start community gardens

Build on-street planters/trees

Make or commission public art

Share chickens

Start food/solar/insulation co-ops…

… stuff like that.

If you’re interested, email info [at] pedalporty [dot] org or call Eva

Apple Festival, 12-4pm, 6th October at the Botanics

Apple Festival

From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway

An annual celebration of apples. The Saturday will feature apple advice and identification from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tasting. See and taste a wide selection of apple varieties from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them yourself.

This event is also running from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 5 October.

With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Midmar Allotments Open Day: 2-5pm, Saturday 24th August

Please come and look around our award-winning site; relax in Midmar Café and enjoy delicious home baking and refreshments whilst taking in the beautiful views of Edinburgh. Fresh allotment produce, flowers, jams and preserves available. Try your luck in the tombola.

Open from 2-5pm

Saturday 24th August

Entry via two gates on Midmar Drive in South Edinburgh, EH10 6BU

Orchard is waking up

applesGreetings from the Orchard. This is an update on the orchard going  to all those who have been along to help since the first shovel of earth was dug in 2009. We had our first workday of 2012 on the last Saturday in February 2012. It was warm, the crocuses were out and the bees were venturing out from the hive.

We were able to start putting up the wires for the fruit trees against the large stone wall. Nearly finished the wooden furniture. We build another section of the dry stone wall and checked all the labels on the fruit trees. Sadly we also cut down the old apple tree which died last season. We also drank tea and coffee and ate biscuits and looked at what we all achieved last year.

Here are some of the things that happened at the orchard in 2011.

  • We planted 50 trees and bushes
  • We started building a low dry stonewall along the path
  • We put in a table and two benches
  • The bee keepers got to work. The hive was put in place and the bees made honey
  • We had a wonderful Apple Day attended by 50 people and made a huge amount of apple juice
  • We continued the work of keeping the trees free from weeds and strimmed the area
  • Sadly the shed was broken into and some of the apples disappeared
  • It rained too much but luckily not on workdays.
  • We had our Wassailing celebration on a crisp Saturday morning in January

We were able to to as much as we did because of money from the Climate Challenge Fund to pay for trees etc. We also had paid workers but sadly they finished in early spring. We have used up the grant money for trees & tools but a great deal has been achieved.  Most important has been the volunteers and visitors. It is the community who make happen with the help from mother nature. So thanks to all who helped in 2011.  We are looking forward to the year ahead and please come and join in whatever way you can.

Our first job on our next Workday  Saturday 31st March will be to put up the supports for the apple tunnel and plant the trees. Further workdays:

  • Saturday 28th April
  • Saturday 26th May
  • Saturday 30th June
  • Saturday 28th July
  • Saturday 25th August
  • Saturday 29th Sept
  • Saturday 27th October
  • Saturday 24th November

If you want to know more ring: Mary Jane Elton 669 5129  or  Diana Cairns 669 4981

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening, Bridgend Allotments, Edinburgh

This introductory course will give you a grounding in all you need to know to start growing your own food. Sundays over 8 weeks (25 March – 13 May), or over two full days (10 and 17 June). £60/45. Contact Chris 0131 664 9559 or chrism [dot] bgc [at] gmail [dot] com.

Donkeyfield Community Orchard Apple Day and Hallowe’en Party

apple day poster 2011Sat 29th October 2-4pm

All welcome!

  • Apple crushing and pressing – bring apples and bottles to take home some juice
  • Apple dooking and other games
  • Bring home baking to share
  • Fancy dress

If you have any apples that we could collect to juice please contact Diana as soon as possible.

Many thanks – we hope to see you there.

Donkeyfield Community Orchard is at Brunstane Road South, Gilberstoun, just opposite Brunstane station.

Poster for Apple Day 2011 to download and print out.


Lovely video from Bath of turning an ex-flowerbed into a veggie patch

An Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening

Bridgend Growing Communities

Interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables? Not sure where to begin? This introductory course at the Bridgend Allotments will give you a grounding in all you need to know to start growing your own food. Continue reading