It takes more than a smattering of frost and near Baltic conditions to deter our current volunteers. Thanks to Anne, Gordon and Mike for their efforts today and for making it a barrow load of fun.
Dobies have a rather special offer on a present.
It would be very nice to see splashes of these around the site. Don’t forget, plotters can save 40% when they use our unique GFAA Discount number when ordering. Pick up your catalogue copy from the Octagon. Details below.
Bargain Seeds for GFAA Members
Planning is underway for the Tarland Seed Swap and Potato Day for 2018.
Most of the boxes of seed envelopes have now been distributed, so please collect some and bring along your seed to the seed swap. Locations are listed on the poster but there will also be a box of seed envelopes at Cruickshank Gardens. Don’t worry if you have not managed to save seed this year, you can still take some envelopes away and try them out.
We have some old favourites plus some new exciting potatoes this year:
Organic Maris Bard
Red Duke of York
Belle De Fonteney
Organic Maris Peer
Highland Burgundy Red
Organic Lady Balfour
Organic Pink Gypsy
Organic Arran Victory
Pink Fir Apple
A real highlight is John Marshall, Scotland Potato expert, who will be giving an introductory talk on “The Potato Story” at 10.30 and then running a workshop on Growing Tips and Diseases, suitable for more experienced gardeners at 12.00.
We really look forward to seeing you all there.
Gone to Seed
Charles Dowding is coming to give a talk at the Phoenix Community Centre at Newton Dee Village on Saturday 3 February.
Many plotters will be aware that Charles has practised his, ‘no dig method’ of growing vegetables for well over thirty years now. In 2013 he moved to a derelict smallholding of one-fifth of an acre and very quickly transformed it into a productive vegetable garden. He documented his efforts on a popular YouTube Channel (he has nearly 50,000 subscribers) and in a series of well-received books.
This link will take you to the Eventbrite Website to make reservations.
In December 2017 Aberdeen City Council issued an updated set of guidance notes for plotters called, “Managing your Allotment”. The new version contains updated information on, e.g. ponds, polytunnels and keeping bees. For your convenience, you will find a copy of this document under the Advice Tab at the top of our Homepage. Or you can follow this link.