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Updates June 2018

Two important updates have recently been added to our Advice Pages. The new pages deal with:

Plotters are asked to take note.

The all new, improved Octagon

Sharp-eyed plotters will have noticed the Octagon is sporting a fresh coat of paint. Thanks go to the painters.

There were hopes early on that a colour scheme of alternating stripes of Meconopsis Blue and Primrose Yellow might be entertained, but apparently, some plotting convention requires all painting to be done in drab green or battleship grey.

From left to right: Mike, Norman, Gordon, Monet, George and Stuart

To be honest, the end-result still looks pretty stunning!

 

 

Local Heros

A big vote of thanks goes this week to George (Plot 40) and John (Plot 50) for their heroic efforts to repair the ride on mower.

John and George spent two long, hot days in the sun wrestling with a very worn and stuborn blade before they finally managed to get it free and a new blade installed.

Hats off to you boys and big thanks on behalf of the whole GFAA community for getting a really important and difficult job done.

 

It’s Community Sunday this weekend

Dear plotters, volunteers and friends,

You are cordially invited to this month’s Community Sunday, from 11.00 (coffee and cakes from 12.30).
The wet and cool start to the year leaves plenty of opportunities to contribute to site maintenance, as we start the run-in to Its Your Neighbourhood 2018:
– weeding the wildflower meadow / re-seeding (as appropriate)
– dead heading daffodils
– re-vitalising the raised beds
– pothole filling
– filling ruts by the South Car Park bins with surplus soil at the South Bank
– tidying the North Bank.
Looking forward to seeing all who can make the session (and hoping for more dry weather at least on midday Sunday),
Best Regards
Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

Kaimhill’s Ace Primary 3/4 Class

Ms Fraser along with Mrs Grant brought their P3/4 class for their first visit to Garthdee field today and they made quite an impact. Their enthusiasm was very catching.

In groups, they enjoyed tattie planting, bean sowing and flower propagation and everyone was impressed with their knowledge gained in their classroom topic, Growing.

Thanks go to all and especially, Stuart, Gill, Jacqui, Phil, Graeme, Anja, Charlotte and Marion for their help on the day.  I think we can safely say, a good time was had by all!

The season ahead

 

Our allotment site is looking good just now with the fruit trees in blossom, the grass cut and plots prepared with planting underway. Everyone does their best to keep their own plot and other parts of the site tidy and in good nick but just recently there have been occasions when clumps of weed and divots from some plot or other have been dumped at the bottom of the site and there have been several occasions when the overhead barrier at the site entrance has been left open overnight.

So this is a gentle reminder for all allotment holders and their helpers to observe the following good practice:-

a) Not dumping any unwanted material on site. If you don’t want it on your plot, take it away to the Council recycling depots or your domestic waste bins or ask a Committee member to help you dispose of material if you’re having difficulty.

b) If you open the overhead barrier, make sure you close it when you leave. It would also be helpful if you’re last out in the evening to put the chain across the entrance.

c) Make sure your plot is numbered and that the number is visible from the access tracks.

Thanks to all those anonymous plotters and volunteers who help out in their own quiet way, filling potholes, picking up litter and generally contributing to the upkeep of the site for the benefit of all us who use the allotments.

Here’s hoping we all have a rewarding growing season.

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