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Margaret Grant

Somebody gave me sixpence and I bought my first packet of seeds – I was hooked

Born: 1944

Duration: 39m 50s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 25.8 Mb

Recorded: 11 September 2020

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Although Margaret Grant has lived in various locations in Caithness over the past fifty years, she was born and brought up in Helmsdale. In this interview she talks about her school days and the annual day trips to Wick.

When Margaret was about nine years old someone gave her sixpence and she bought a packet of seeds. When the seeds grew in her small garden, she was hooked.

Throughout this interview Margarets passion and knowledge about gardening is apparent. She gives lots of information and gardening tips and talks about the challenge of developing a wonderful garden in Dunbeath, despite the strong winds and shallow soil.

Margaret constantly experiments and develops new and labour saving techniques to develop the soil and enhance the fruits of her labour.

In addition to sharing her knowledge about gardening, Margaret gives a detailed description of peat cutting, describing various tools and techniques.


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