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Scotmid Donation to GFAA

I am delighted to say that GFAA has received a £200 donation from the Scotmid Co-operative Society via their fund to support communities across Scotland.

We are pleased to receive a grant of £200 to spend on tools for use in the Community Garden and Primary Plot.  We are going to buy handtools adapted especially for younger gardeners and those with disabilities who might find full-size adult tools too heavy or unwieldy.

Our warm thanks got to Scotmid for their generosity.

Polytunnel Guidelines

Thanks go to Susan (Plot 35) who has kindly updated our Polytunnel Guidelines for the 20128 season.  The Guidelines are available from the Advice Tab at the top of our Homepage or directly via this link.



Raymond the Jungle Tamer

How do you fancy taking on a plot looking like this?

Not for the faint-hearted eh?  Luckily, cometh the hour, cometh – Raymond the Jungle Tamer.  Just look at what Raymond (Domeracki) has achieved on Plot 95A in just a few months and during the worst winter weeks since 2010.


Congratulations Raymond – what a fantastic effort!

All Quiet on the Western Front

Pretty quiet on all fronts actually.  There was not so much as a deer’s footprint to disturb the virgin snow today – far less a plotter’s wellie tred.

Feathered Friends

These little visitors have certainly helped brighten up some cold, miserable days of late.  Am I right in thinking we have a Greenfinch? Goldfinches? and Sparrow?

These photos were taken with GFAA’s long-lensed camera – the Nikon Coolpix P900.  Remember, any GFAA member can borrow it to take photos for the website. Details below.

Coolpix P900 Camera

No Dig Gardening: too good to be true?

As the weather is more suited to planning than planting, I thought this might be a good time to take a look at the claims made for so-called, “No-dig” vegetable growing.  Does No-Dig expose dinosaur diggers, or is it another false dawn?

If you are new to No-Dig approaches, here are videos from two advocates of the method and one slightly less convinced voice. All three take an evidence-based, experimental approach.  See what you think.

Charles Dowding is perhaps becoming the best-known UK proponent of No-Dig. Charles uses his experience of No-Dig methods over 35 years in professional and amateur settings to present an apparently compelling case built on claims of healthier crops, higher yields, fewer weeds and less required effort.

Morag Gamble gardens in Australia and comes from a background in Permaculture approaches to veggie growing.  Morag makes similar claims for No-Dig, but her style and methods differ in important details.

Bruce Darrell is a Canadian, now living and gardening in Ireland.  No-Dig is one of seven vegetable gardening styles Bruce is experimenting with on his small-holding and community garden. Unlike Charles and Morag, he has not yet decided which of the seven styles he feels best suites his circumstances.

If you want to learn more all thee have channels on YouTube and websites that offer lots of resources on their favoured approaches.

So, what do you think?  By the way, if you are aware of other styles of No-Dig gardening, please share them in the comments below.

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