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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > 257 - Febraury 2019 > FUTURE-PROOFING AT FERRIS FARM


Gaby Bartai meets an award-winning Ayrshire gardener who is creating a vegetable plot that can rise above future health challenges
Wide bed edges let Catriona sit down to work

Gardening Scotland launched its Gardener of the Year award in 2017, and the first winner was a woman whose nominations made much of the word ‘inspirational’. Catriona Ferris created her kitchen garden as a counterbalance to the demands of her job as a hospital consultant. Three years ago, she took early retirement after being diagnosed with MS, and since then, her garden has become the day job. “Both my grandfathers were keen gardeners,” she says. “I remember as a child, visiting their lovely gardens, picking the fruit and veg. And my mum gardens – so it seems to be in the blood.”

The garden that she refers to, laughingly, as ‘Ferris Farm’ is a third of an acre, on the outskirts of an East Ayrshire village 25 miles south of Glasgow, where she moved 13 years ago. “I inherited an anarchic cottage garden, which had not been loved for a very long time. The veg patch was completely overgrown. I remember clearing a little patch, maybe two feet by two feet, and just planting a courgette in the middle – and that was my first year. And from there it’s just kind of blossomed.”

The original veg patch, cleared and planted, in 2007
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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: Future-Proofing at Ferris Farm Gaby Bartai meets a gardener who is creating a vegetable plot that can rise above future health challenges. Veg of the Month - Parsnips KG editor Steve Ott loves parsnips and brings you his top tips for success. Safe and Secure Upgrade your garden security with some 21st century products, says KG editor Steve Ott. And much more!