A DUNFERMLINE garden centre is set to host two free events this weekend.

Dobbies in the Fife Leisure Park is holding two gardening workshops, one teaching residents how to grow their own cost-effective produce and the other will show children aged five to ten how to grow their own Sunflowers this spring.

On Saturday, March 4, at 10:30am, The Grow How session will see Dobbies experts demonstrate the best ways to grow bumper crops of tomatoes and hearty vegetables.

Those who attend will also be shown n how to identify and select the appropriate plant variety, how to prepare them for sowing, the best time of year to plant fruit and vegetables, the correct tools to use, and how to nurture the plants from seedlings to harvest.

Sarah Murray, Dobbies’ partnership and events manager, said: “At Dobbies we are always looking for ways to inspire people to get into gardening. In addition to being beneficial for the environment, growing your own has been shown to improve physical wellbeing and mental health – and it’s a fantastic way to watch your food spend.

"Customers in Dunfermline are encouraged to stop by and attend this free workshop where they’ll learn how to plant and harvest delicious fresh produce.”

The following day, on Sunday. March 5, youngsters will be shown how to plant Sunflowers for the spring time as a part of Dobbies Little Seedling programme which provides educational activities that give children a greater appreciation for nature, plants, and wildlife.

Children in attendance will learn the history of the plant, what they represent, their influence on art, and their significance for our gardens and wildlife. Experts will teach the kids how sunflowers can survive in space, recipes to enjoy edible sunflowers and the nutritional value, vitamins and minerals that come from the plant. The kids will also get to try Sunflower seeds.

Sarah continued: "Our Little Seedling Club is really popular as we strive to inspire and encourage young people and families in Dunfermline to enjoy gardening, no matter the space they have.

"Sunflowers are fantastic for city, coastal and cottage gardens, ideal for beds, borders and pots, making them great for all. We’ll be encouraging our club members to measure their Sunflowers as they grow and keep their fellow Little Seedlings updated each month!”