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Seeds Bonanza and Bargains

Val on Plot 23 suggested this first announcement. Thanks Val.

A couple of people have said they would like some Sutherland Kale seeds. This is a heritage variety Val grew organically which produced a huge amount of seed.

The Kale is a soft type which is very hardy to grow but wilts down like spinach when cooked and has a good flavour. I’ve put a biscuit tin of seed in the Octagon so that anyone who wants seed can take as much as they need.

While on the subject of seeds, don’t forget that within our Dobies’s Group Scheme, GFAA plotters and volunteers can receive a 40% discount on their seeds and 10% on other purchases. Copies of the catalogue and the necessary unique to GFAA discount code can be found in the Octagon, or email Norman (gfaawebhelper@gmail.com) if you prefer to order online and need the code sent to you.

What an effort!

We had a wonderful turnout for our Community Sunday activities today. In fact, with well over twenty plotters and volunteers there, this was our biggest ever February Community Sunday. What a start to the year!

Tuck in time!

With so many willing hands available we got a wonderful amount of work done around the site – weeding, pruning, bonfire prep, pothole filling, litter collection and much, much more. A huge thank you goes to all who found the time to come along and to all who contributed to a magnificent coffee and cake spread.

There was no room at the inn for the old lag’s club.

Community Engagement Opportunities

We had the pleasure of welcoming Stephen Bly to Garthdee Field today. Stephen is Aberdeen City Council’s Community Engagement Officer.

It was good to have the opportunity to show Stephen around and tell him something of our efforts and projects to promote active community engagement over recent years.

Better still, Stephen was able to give us all sorts of pointers and leads to possible future community collaborations and activities. Watch this space for details of new projects we hope to see started in the weeks and months ahead.

Seek and enjoy

Sharp-eyed visitors may have noticed that a Search facility has recently been added to our site. It is located at the top of the right-hand sidebar of each page.

When you enter a search term and hit return or the Looking Glass, the full text of every page and post is searched for the word you enter.

Try, for example, butterflies or compost or BBQ. Please let me know if you run into any problems.

Grow Wild Seed Kits


Greenspace Scotland’s latest e-bulletin contained this reminder:

Grow Wild is giving you the opportunity to apply for a free wildflower seed kit, with everything you need to get your group sowing and growing. You don’t need growing experience, just enthusiasm, a shared space to transform and a group of people to help make it happen! Apply using the online form and in March 2019 they’ll take you on a growing journey. Bring more colour and wildlife to your community, school or workplace next Spring! Deadline 8 February“.

These free seeds could help us refresh our Wildflower Garden and seed the North Bank that we have started to develop. I’m delighted to report Ron (Plot 65a) has taken this in hand and put an application in for GFAA.

A wee reminder of how glorious our wildflower area can look.

RHS Greening Grey Britain

The RHS has launched a new funding and support initiative called, “Greening Grey Britain with Communities in 2019”. They are looking for new projects that will bring seasoned community gardeners together with young green-fingered recruits. To the right projects, they are offering expert hands-on support and up to £500 worth of plants and materials.

New beginnings full of promise

In their own words, they say, “Imagine forgotten littered corners reborn as vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down storm water or disused areas becoming productive gardens, with food to share with the community”.

Projects have to fit with one or more of three themes.

  • Grow for people
  • Grow for the planet
  • Grow for wildlife

Thinking of our own site, several areas spring to mind as being ripe for development. Is anyone itching to take up the challenge of building a bid or have ideas for possible projects?

More information is available on the RHS website.

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