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Gone to Seed Tarland Seed Swap 2018 Update

Planning is underway for the Tarland Seed Swap and Potato Day for 2018.

Most of the boxes of seed envelopes have now been distributed, so please collect some and bring along your seed to the seed swap. Locations are listed on the poster but there will also be a box of seed envelopes at Cruickshank Gardens. Don’t worry if you have not managed to save seed this year, you can still take some envelopes away and try them out.

We have some old favourites plus some new exciting potatoes this year:

First Earlies:
Organic Casablanca 
Organic Maris Bard 
Rocket   

Red Duke of York

Sharpes Express

Belle De Fonteney

 

Second Earlies:
Organic Charlotte 
Organic Maris Peer
Organic Nicola 
Shetland Black

Jazzy

Anya

 

Main:
Highland Burgundy Red

Organic Orla

Organic Lady Balfour

Organic Pink Gypsy

Sarpo Mira 

Organic Arran Victory

Mayan Gold

Mayan Twilight

Pink Fir Apple

Violetta

Ama Rosa

Ratte  

A real highlight is John Marshall, Scotland Potato expert,  who will be giving an introductory talk on “The Potato Story” at 10.30  and then running a workshop on Growing Tips and Diseases, suitable for more experienced gardeners at 12.00.

We really look forward to seeing you all there.

Lizzy

Gone to Seed

No Dig Champion – Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is coming to give a talk at the Phoenix Community Centre at Newton Dee Village on Saturday 3 February.

Many plotters will be aware that Charles has practised his, ‘no dig method’ of growing vegetables for well over thirty years now.  In 2013 he moved to a derelict smallholding of one-fifth of an acre and very quickly transformed it into a productive vegetable garden.  He documented his efforts on a popular YouTube Channel (he has nearly 50,000 subscribers) and in a series of well-received books.

This link will take you to the Eventbrite Website to make reservations.

TAMS VEGAN Thank You Event

The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) Team are holding a thank you event this week for all who contributed to their collections this season.

AGM Diary Date

Stuart

Our GFAA AGM will be held this Saturday at 11.00 on the RGU Campus.  The short formal AGM will be followed by an informal General Meeting that will include a talk by Bruce Taylor from Plot 79 entitled, “Soil Health and how to Improve it”.  Bruce has just finished a Masters Degree in Soil Science and has recent approaches and practical experiences to share.

We have moved this AGM to this new time on a Saturday to avoid dragging plotters out on cold, wet, dark evenings as before and are hoping for a big turnout.

See details below.

 

Diary Date – AGM and General Meeting

Dear plotters

Our AGM and next General Meeting will take place at RGU’s Riverside East Building, Room 346, at 11.00 am on Saturday 4 November. Free parking is available at RGU.
The AGM addresses reports from Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, election of Committee members and amendments to the Constitution. The General Meeting which follows will address general Association business, specifically on-site activities and how these are delivered.
All specific points for agendas should be advised to me by 21st October for inclusion in the detailed agendas which will be circulated two weeks before the AGM/GM.
We look forward to your agenda items and to seeing all who can make it to the meetings,
Best Regards
Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

Diary date for seed lovers

This message arrived from Lizzy Shepherd of Gone to Seed.  I know many plotters visited and enjoyed the Tarland event last year.
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I hope you are busy saving seed to share with your friends and to bring along to the 2018 Seed Swap and Potato Day being held in Tarland on Saturday 24th February.
So far I have saved carrot, mangetout, cutting celery and flat leaf parsley seed; hopefully, the leek seed will have time to fully ripen…not sure yet. The photo shows how attractive the carrot and leek seed heads look, it’s worth growing them just for that!
If you would like to get hold of some of the seed envelopes now, please drop me a line and I will try and see if we can get them to you. They will be available in a few locations early next year as well, or just bring your seed along on the day and put them into envelopes there.
In the meantime, there are some really useful clips below on how to go about saving seed and isolation techniques etc:
I hope that you find these useful. We will be running another seed saving workshop at the seed swap and potato day in 2018, so why not come along to that session and learn more.
Lizzy
Gone to Seed

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