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Polytunnel Problems

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.

Part polytunnel, part greenhouse

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.

New Acquisition

GFAA was recently approached by a new homeowner near to our site with the offer of a greenhouse.

The greenhouse has been placed by the Primary Plot and will be used in the coming season by our volunteer team and school pupils to bring on seedlings and plants for communal use.

Thanks go to Keith, for his kind donation, to Mike and Gordon for making the initial contact and to all who helped get it into place – Stuart, Mike, Gordon and Graeme from Plot 48.

New Dobies catalogues and discount code available

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!

 

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.

Shed – free to good home

Now then…

Free to good home (GFAA members only), one attractive wee shed.  Currently sitting on Plot 57.  Must be removed no later than 2 weeks from today. Recently built by a plotter. Lined with insulation and comes with various mod cons.  Construction details unknown. Windows are of perspex, not glass.  Contact Phil on Plot 57 if interested, or reply below.

Tool Time

We have some new additions to our stock of tools which can be borrowed by any plotter.

These were very kindly donated by Anne, an Aberdeen resident who is soon to move into a new home where she will no longer need them. Anne contacted us via the website.

The tools are now available in the GFAA tool store by the micro plots. Ask any plotter if you need to know access details.   The pots and trays have been left by the bothy for uplift by anyone who can use them.

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