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Sepi’s Toad

Thanks go to Arshia for catching this video.

Spotted on Plot 85 in the last week or so, making use of a welcome shower of rain.

Orchard Brae Raised Bed

We could not have hoped for a better day to work on the new raised bed we have built for Orchard Brae School’s Nursery.

Don’t worry, we did finally sort out our alternating layers and corners and got them into the right order!  The bed is three meters long by one meter wide and almost half a meter high and build with timbers kindly donated by Robertson Construction.

Our thanks go to Roddy Mckinnon for all his help and organisation on the day.

Read more about Orchard Brae.

New Activity

GFAA is now working with The Stronger Families Inside Out Group to offer growing activities as part of their Club 10 Programme.  Further details are available via the Collaborations Link above or here.

If you would like to help please contact Stuart in the first instance.

Seed Saving Workshop

This session will be of interest to plotters. Scott Dow (Micro-plotter) or Phil (Plot 35) can offer some background if needed.

It’s raining now….

…. but the sun always shines when the Kaimhill kids come calling.

Wild Things!

Thanks go to Phil (Plot 35), Sonya (Plot 97B) and John (Plot 50) for prompting this post and the photos.

It was good to be reminded this week that Garthdee Field is such a great, natural green space for wildlife as well as growing.

Sonya sent me these photos taken by her granddaughter, Erica.

Photo Credit: Erica Berry

Photo Credit: Erica Berry

Erica took these pictures as part of a nature project she has been doing.

Earlier in the week, John alerted Stuart and me to a bee swarm he had seen and he managed to track and find it.

Photo Credit: Stuart Oram

John told us that such swarms of bees are natural at this time of year as a new Queen seeks to set up a new colony.

Phil spotted these caterpillars near his plot.

Photo Credit: Phil Wilkie

Photo Credit: Phil Wilkie

Phil reminds us that we ought not to chop down all the nettles we find on site as they are a preferred habitat for a number of species like Red Admirals. Small Tortoishells, Peacock, Comma and Painted Ladies. We plant things to feed the butterflies but often forget the food their caterpillars need.

It’s great to get these photos and stories.  Please keep them coming.

 

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