In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim, Carole and Lesley each take a favourite area of the garden to showcase as well as completing routine maintenance in those areas.
Jim is with Dr Jason Owen at the Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, looking into the science of soil. The condition of our soil is vital to understand to make us better gardeners. And now for the science - Jason has set up some experiments to show what effect organic matter has on soil drainage as well as showing how different pH measurements affect what you can grow and looks at the effect of lime on the soil.
Carole is in Tarland at Douneside House which boasts a spectacular garden. The Head Gardener there is Beechgrove's very own Stephen McCallum who used to be the Head Gardener at the Beechgrove Garden. He now maintains and nurtures 15 acres of grounds, and since he moved there he has added to the existing gardens by creating a wonderful pond and bog garden, and expanded the interest in the wooded areas. The greenhouses house an amazing display of houseplants and the vegetable and fruit gardens provide the house and guests with fresh food for many months of the year.