Am I right in thinking there have been more bees around this year? I guess the weather has been to their liking. However, it’s clear they need all the help we can offer them. This is Bees’ Needs Week. Check out these ideas for helping them out.
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Last night there has been a series of break-ins at GFAA sheds, and a large number have had padlocks sheared with bolt cutters.
Could you please:
1 check the security of your shed as soon as practicable, and where this has been compromised, reinstate security promptly
2 where things have been stolen, itemise these and inform the police yourself. This is the most effective way in which we can benefit from increased patrols near the site.
Thanks and Best Regards
Secretary – GFAA
Thanks go to Ranald (Plot 75) for bringing this advice from Scottish Water to our attention.
Scottish Water – Advice
Customers across Scotland asked to use water wisely 03 July 2018
Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.
Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Water is encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve our public water supplies.
In some areas, there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.
Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.
Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.
Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.
Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. Simple, practical steps which we encourage include:
Taking shorter showers
Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants
Using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle
Turning off taps in the home whenever possible
Using washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded
Plotters are asked to take note. Using a watering can rather than a hose helps put the water where it needs to be. Please note that the use of sprinkler devices and systems that water whole areas of plots rather than specific plants is not appropriate. Your cooperation is appreciated.
The GFAA school visits team were invited to Kaimhill for a wee party by the Primary threes and fours who had visited with us this session. We had a great time, but plotters might want to note their reaction when they found out Peter (Plot 29) would not be able to join us.
Things changed when we said he would be back with the team next time!
As plotters, we all know the importance of encouraging insect pollinators. The RHS Garden Magazine for July has an interesting article by Kate Bradbury recommending plants from seeds that can give pollinators a big boost.
Kate’s recommendations are:
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium)
Many of these are to be seen on our plots and site. Can anyone comment or suggest alternatives?
Back copies of RHS Gardening (and other mags) are available in the Octagon.