We have some new additions to our stock of tools which can be borrowed by any plotter.
These were very kindly donated by Anne, an Aberdeen resident who is soon to move into a new home where she will no longer need them. Anne contacted us via the website.
The tools are now available in the GFAA tool store by the micro plots. Ask any plotter if you need to know access details. The pots and trays have been left by the bothy for uplift by anyone who can use them.
My thanks to Stephanie Morrison from RGU for alerting me to this very interesting article on possible funding sources, but just how much work is needed to secure them.
With funding from Aberdeen Greenspace we have been able to buy a Nikon Coolpix P900. This is a consumer style camera, so easy to use, but especially designed for taking closeup shots of flowers and insects and longer range wildlife photos. Our bid to AG stressed use to improve the quality of wildlife and nature pictures on our website.
The P900 can be borrowed and used by any association (GFAA) member willing to take photos for website publication. If you can help taking some photos please contact Norman (Plot 81) in the first instance to arrange to borrow the P900. I’ll be pleased to offer a wee introduction to its features if necessary.
Val Milne has asked me to post this item.
“I have quite a large quantity of Sutherland Kale seeds. The seeds have been produced from organically grown plants grown on my allotment. This is a heritage variety and quite difficult to source. As there is much more seed than I can possibly use I am keen to offer seed to anyone who wants it. I think it is important that great varieties like this continue to be grown – even if the big seed companies are not interested in it!
Please just come past plot 23 or email me – valmilne[at]yahoo.co.uk.
Here is some information about the variety. I have to say it is absolutely delicious and can be cooked like spinach. It is also very hardy.”
More info cut and pasted from The Real Seed Catalogue
“Back in 2003 we were sent a small sample of kale seed by Vicky Schilling, of Ullapool, with the following note attached:
“I am sending you some seed of Sutherland Kale given me by an 80yr old in Sutherland, its an old variety grown by the crofters. We grew it last season and its lovely, very tender green leaves on plants that grow waist high – need staking! Cooks just like spinach and lasts through the hungry gap.”
We tried it out and were really impressed. It is the most vigorous and resilient kale we have seen. It shrugged off attack by aphids, cabbage white caterpillars, ravenous goats, and 70 mph freezing sleet overwinter. In each case it sprang back, growing new leaves with no trouble, and forming large heads of Kale in spring when at its most valuable. And when it starts to bolt in spring, the flowering shoots are good to eat too, very much like sprouting broccoli shoots.
Sutherland grows as a Biennial and is a Vegetable. Being a Biennial, it tends to grow best over the course of two years. Sutherland is known for growing to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (1.46 feet).
Typically, Sutherland Kale is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow – only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant. ”
Judging for The Aberdeen in Bloom Garden Competition 2014 will take place over two weeks from 28th July to 8th August. There are various categories for the competition and City Allotments is category 8. I am circulating this e-mail to encourage as many of our plotters as possible to enter the competition this year. Our allotment site is the biggest in the City and the City Council would greatly appreciate a strong participation from our Association.
Judging is based on the following criteria:-
Condition of Plot
Variety of Crops
Organic Methods Adopted
Aesthetic Quality/Health and Safety
There are a lot of very interesting and varied plots on our site and it would be good to see what the judges say. Don’t be put off because you think your plot might not be good enough – its participating that counts.
A notice has been posted on the site notice board about the competition and I have entry forms available for any one interested. – Just let me know.
The closing date for all entries is 18th July
Chairman – GFAA