The Beechgrove Potting Shed allotment
Who could've guessed that planning an allotment could be such hard work? On the Beechgrove Potting Shed we've decided that we don't just want to talk about gardening, we want to get involved as well, and what better way to do that than to build an allotment in the BBC Scotland car park in Aberdeen!
Several meetings have been held and the team are all really keen. But like any gardener we've faced some hurdles - in particular where the allotment should be built.
In the Aberdeen car park we have a pretty area of grass, trees and flowers - the perfect place to add an allotment, if it weren't for the fact it's our fire meeting point and there are old tree roots which need to be protected.
But all was not lost - there's a little space at the edge of the car park garden which is lying bare (apart from some stones and glass) and we snapped it up. The hope is to build a raised bed and plant veg such as carrots, potatoes and lettuce. We've even discussed the idea of planting in old tyres.
The Beechgrove Potting Shed team, and our listeners, are lucky in that we have some of the best gardening brains in Scotland giving advice every week on the programme. So we took one of our experts - Carole Baxter - to the planned allotment site to get her verdict.
Carole thinks our site is far too shaded for good vegetable growth. She told us that vegetables like a sunny spot and the mature beech trees will cast a lot of shade when they put on their leaves.
However, Carole believes a lot of people will be in the same situation as us ie wanting to grow veg but with limited space. She suggested growing our vegetables in containers right in front of the BBC building. Carole feels it's the perfect site because it's south facing and the building will provide some shelter.
A new site in front of the building would obviously throw up a whole other set of problems, such as access etc. But we're a determined bunch and we'll make something work somewhere - we'll just have to get creative.
And, our allotment idea's already received some good feedback from listeners. One lady in Aberdeen has offered to help us out - she feels it could become a community effort.
So watch this space and we'll keep you posted on the trials and tribulations, but also the rewards, of allotment growing.
Denise Glass is the Producer of BBC Radio Scotland's weekly gardening programme, the Beechgrove Potting Shed.