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Bees’ needs abound

Am I right in thinking there have been more bees around this year?  I guess the weather has been to their liking.  However, it’s clear they need all the help we can offer them.  This is Bees’ Needs Week.  Check out these ideas for helping them out.

Party Party!

The GFAA school visits team were invited to Kaimhill for a wee party by the Primary threes and fours who had visited with us this session.  We had a great time, but plotters might want to note their reaction when they found out Peter (Plot 29) would not be able to join us.

Things changed when we said he would be back with the team next time!

Sustaining pollinators

As plotters, we all know the importance of encouraging insect pollinators. The RHS Garden Magazine for July has an interesting article by Kate Bradbury recommending plants from seeds that can give pollinators a big boost.

Kate’s recommendations are:

Borage

Cornflowers

Cosmos

Field Poppy

Honeywort (Cerinthe)

Nasturtium

Scabious

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

Sunflower

Viper’s Bugloss (Echium)

Many of these are to be seen on our plots and site.  Can anyone comment or suggest alternatives?

Back copies of RHS Gardening (and other mags) are available in the Octagon.

Read More about pollinators

What did we learn out’a school today?

Lots about growing mushrooms ….

All about muck spreading ….

Weeds make great compost ….

Everybody loves strawberries ….

 

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.

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