Lots about growing mushrooms ….
All about muck spreading ….
Weeds make great compost ….
Everybody loves strawberries ….
Thanks go to Phil (Plot 35), Sonya (Plot 97B) and John (Plot 50) for prompting this post and the photos.
It was good to be reminded this week that Garthdee Field is such a great, natural green space for wildlife as well as growing.
Sonya sent me these photos taken by her granddaughter, Erica.
Erica took these pictures as part of a nature project she has been doing.
Earlier in the week, John alerted Stuart and me to a bee swarm he had seen and he managed to track and find it.
John told us that such swarms of bees are natural at this time of year as a new Queen seeks to set up a new colony.
Phil spotted these caterpillars near his plot.
Phil reminds us that we ought not to chop down all the nettles we find on site as they are a preferred habitat for a number of species like Red Admirals. Small Tortoishells, Peacock, Comma and Painted Ladies. We plant things to feed the butterflies but often forget the food their caterpillars need.
It’s great to get these photos and stories. Please keep them coming.
Stuart spotted this Wagtail nest today in the line of containers by the Bothy
This sheltered, dry spot must have seemed very inviting in the days of a cold, late spring. The nest now has four eggs.
Unfortunately, now that this path is much busier than it was, the Wagtail is much more disturbed and we are worried that she may be neglecting her eggs, but we live in hope for happy hatchings.
You know the old adage that if you want something done with technology – find a five-year-old? Well, it turns out that an eleven-year-old and her team can do even better.
For months now, we have wanted some aerial footage of our site. Finally, last weekend, Phil on Plot 35 came to our aid, offering the services of his crack drone team.
So, for the first time, sit back, relax and enjoy these eyes in the skies over Garthdee Allotments. Can you spot your own plot?