Our sit-on mower is currently out of commission following one of its many breakdowns. We finally decided we could not wait any longer before cutting the grass, so there was nothing to be done but tackle it with hand mowers. Luckily our ace volunteer squad were on hand and willing to take it on.
Thanks also go to Ron Plot 65a, John Plot 50 and George Plot 38 and volunteer Jack who helped out, but missed the photo opportunity.
We started at 10.30 and finished at 15.00. A wee reminder of how much effort is required, how dependent we are on the ride-on mower working and how much thanks we owe to George the Grass (Plot 40) who does the cutting week in, week out, through the season.
A number of plotters have reported problems with their polytunnels recently. Some have reported that the covers perforate after a season or so and some have arrived on site to find that they have taken off in a gale and were last seen heading for the North Sea. When I researched a possible purchase, I found it very difficult to tell which make and model was a bargain and which an investment.
Val on Plot 23 has suggested a novel alternative – the Polycrub.
I didn’t know much about Polycrubs, so I sent off a query to the makers/sellers asking:
Did they make a model close to the 8′ by 6′ that the Council allows?
Are they suitable for self-builders?
Do they deliver to Aberdeen?
What would the costs be?
Here’s the response I got back from the Maree, their General Manager:
“Many thanks for your e-mail. Polycrubs are popular with community groups and of course began life here with us as a community project. Our smallest Polycrub is approx. 3 x 3m (10 x 10 feet) – delivered prices are noted below and we have also attached some info sheets.
The price includes everything required for the external structure of the kit, except cement for the posts. The kit comes with a ground plan and full construction notes for a level site and should be built in accordance with these. We find that anyone with suitable building experience has the capacity to erect a polycrub.
There are two options for delivery to your address:
Option 1 Delivery by ordinary flat-bed/curtain sider truck. This option meansthat the kit would have to be off-loaded from the truck by hand. None of the components are heavy but customers need to be aware that the sheets are long and pliable. Sheets can be like a sail in anything but the calmest of condition and are prone to lift in any sort of wind, so the customer should liaise with the haulage company to make sure that the delivery takes place on a calm day and extreme care needs to be taken when off-loading. The cost of a 3 x 3m using this option would be £2688 including VAT.
Option 2 Delivery by Hi-ab truck. With this option, the kit will be lifted off using the crane on the truck. The kit bundle does not need to be opened up when it reaches site and weather conditions are not as important. The cost of a 3 x 3m using this option would be £2928 including VAT.
If a customer decides to place an order, we will invoice for the cost of the kit. Once that is paid, we’ll arrange to have the kit delivered. Delivery usually takes around 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather/ haulier availability.”
For convenience I have added a permanent link on our Links Page. Please speak with Val if you want any more background information.
Copies of the catalogue and code are now available in the Octagon. The new code replaces the old one which is now no longer usable. Email me if you’d like the code without having to visit the Octagon.
The scheme operates as before. Repeated orders can be placed throughout the year. Plotters get 40% off seed orders and 10% off everything else. Orders are delivered directly to the individual. Orders can be placed by post using the form provided, or by telephone or online, but you must use the code at the time of ordering – retrospective claims are not allowed. In addition, GFAA gets a 10% return on all orders placed.
Please remember, this is Dobies the seed merchant and not Dobbies the Garden Centre chain, so the discount is not available locally. Believe me, I’ve tried – all very embarrassing!
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.