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Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (UK)

Thanks go to Sonya )Plot 97B) for suggesting this post.

This citizen science research project gives details of 14 pollinator-friendly flowers and invites participants to monitor plants and visitors in a set square of their plot.

Follow this link to the POMS website.

Using water wisely

Thanks go to Ranald (Plot 75) for bringing this advice from Scottish Water to our attention.

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Scottish Water – Advice

Customers across Scotland asked to use water wisely  03 July 2018

Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.

Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Water is encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve our public water supplies.

In some areas, there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.

Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.

Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.

Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.

Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. Simple, practical steps which we encourage include:

Taking shorter showers

Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants

Using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle

Turning off taps in the home whenever possible

Using washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded


Plotters are asked to take note.  Using a watering can rather than a hose helps put the water where it needs to be.  Please note that the use of sprinkler devices and systems that water whole areas of plots rather than specific plants is not appropriate.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

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

The season ahead

 

Our allotment site is looking good just now with the fruit trees in blossom, the grass cut and plots prepared with planting underway. Everyone does their best to keep their own plot and other parts of the site tidy and in good nick but just recently there have been occasions when clumps of weed and divots from some plot or other have been dumped at the bottom of the site and there have been several occasions when the overhead barrier at the site entrance has been left open overnight.

So this is a gentle reminder for all allotment holders and their helpers to observe the following good practice:-

a) Not dumping any unwanted material on site. If you don’t want it on your plot, take it away to the Council recycling depots or your domestic waste bins or ask a Committee member to help you dispose of material if you’re having difficulty.

b) If you open the overhead barrier, make sure you close it when you leave. It would also be helpful if you’re last out in the evening to put the chain across the entrance.

c) Make sure your plot is numbered and that the number is visible from the access tracks.

Thanks to all those anonymous plotters and volunteers who help out in their own quiet way, filling potholes, picking up litter and generally contributing to the upkeep of the site for the benefit of all us who use the allotments.

Here’s hoping we all have a rewarding growing season.

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.

Priscilla

 

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