Dressed For Dinner...

Thank Soil and Surf it’s Friday! Are you having fish for tea? This locally caught, dressed crab is served with our homegrown tomatoes and salad leaves. It's simple, delicious food that can be caught / grown in your own back yard...and if you're short on time, we can help with both.
Would you like to learn how to dress a crab? Our creative captain, Jim Knox, will be at Anstruther Harbour Festival on Saturday 20th July giving demonstrations to educate, encourage and excite the palate!

Water Is Life

‘No water, no life. No blue, no green.’ 
- Dr Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist and Campaigner #WorldOceansDay
You can watch or read her Ted Talk at
Image - West Shore, Pittenweem

Grow Your Own 'Pizza' Paradise... sauce made with herbs picked from the garden; basil, oregano, parsley, thyme and rosemary. Would you like to grow an edible garden, even in a wee space? We can help... 

Muddy Boots and Sandy Beaches...

It’s been a real soil and surf kind of week - boots full of both being kicked off at the door after enjoying lots of sunny spells in the East Neuk. Also, thanks to warmer temperatures and lots of rain, the first shoots of our vegetables are breaking the surface. Looking forward to more of the same as we head into next week. Happy June!

Growing Up In The Garden...

This week - 25th May to 2nd June - is National Children's Gardening Week! Do your little ones love getting into the garden? We’ve noticed that kids in our neighbourhood, given the chance, are often eager to discover the delights of growing things - everything from tomatoes, courgettes, tatties and peas, to strawberries, raspberries and apples. Discovering different types of herbs and planting flowers are also popular pastimes. And it’s no wonder. Research shows that connecting with the natural world is great for a child’s physical and mental health.  And, learning how to grow your own food is an amazing life skill. In fact, we think a garden is the ultimate school of life!
Planting the seeds of what will hopefully grow into a lifelong passion for gardening is a real privilege and pleasure. Even if you only have a tiny outdoor space, or very little time on your hands, the Soil and Surf team can can help you create a garden that will encourage the whole family to flourish! Learn more at :)

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Driftwood And Dreams - Compliments Of Our Clients...

'For over 10 years now, Jim has maintained my holiday lets in the beautiful village of Pittenweem. What is so fantastic about Jim, is that not only is he reliable and conscientious, he is extremely versatile. 

The Soil and Surf name is highly appropriate; I have commissioned Jim for many and varied works, including the design and build of bespoke driftwood fencing sourced from the local beaches, garden furniture and planters. 

Jim also maintains the gardens all year round, and his choice of flowers is always creative and a talking point for passers-by. In addition to gardening and furniture making, Jim is perhaps even more famous for his delicious seafood. It is the highlight of our trip and indeed for many of our clients, when Jim drops round his crab and/or lobsters, wearing his yellow wellies and a broad smile (honestly the best I have ever tasted). I wholeheartedly recommend Soil and Surf and look forward to enjoying their services for many years to come.'

John Hughes, Owner, Holiday Letting - Driftwood Cottage and The Cooperage, Pittenweem

A wee note from Soil and Surf: We've had the pleasure of working with the people behind Driftwood Cottage and The Cooperage on various projects over the years. So, we were delighted to receive the above testimonial from owner, John Hughes. If you (or loved ones) are looking for a beautiful and comfortable place to lay your head after a day rambling around our coastline, we can highly recommend these two gorgeous properties - historic, stylish fisherman's cottages, just a stone's throw from the coastal path and harbour.

Chelsea Flower Show? The Driftwood Garden...

Chelsea Flower Show? Nope - it's our driftwood garden in Pittenweem.

Inspired? Soil and Surf can bring creative gardening and coastal living home to you.

gardener + grower - no need to get your hands dirty, we take care of general maintenance, mowing, rotavating, growing your fruit and vegetables, whatever you need to bring your recreational or kitchen garden to life.

beachcomber + maker - experience outdoor entertaining in your own garden, featuring our functional and stylish weather-proof furniture and ornamental driftwood. we create one-off pieces, handmade from reclaimed and beachcombed materials.

fisherman + seafood specialist - source lobster and crab, straight off local boats.  A licensed buyer and seller of shellfish, with 30+ years fishing experience, he can also share his expertise and enthusiasm at demonstrations to educate, encourage and excite the palate.

Discover more at or call our creative captain, Jim Knox on 07921 586 590