Gill Earle from Plot 64 has come by a large bale of straw and has kindly offered to share it with other plotters. Gill is experimenting with a no dig method of growing tatties in straw and of course straw is a proven way protecting strawberries from contact with the soil, rot and slugs and other crops from late or early frosts. If you can use some on your own allotment please see Gill to arrange uplift.
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Our latest Community Sunday was our most successful to date. Many thanks to all those who turned up. With well over a dozen willing helpers we made light work of:
- Trimming the tree branches along the site’s Southern boundary
- de-littering and removing fallen branches over the site
- digging over the area set aside for primary school visits in the future
- collecting waste materials for the up-coming bonfire.
With the work out of the way in record time there was plenty opportunity to enjoy the coffee and cake session at the bothy.
A date for your diary: the next scheduled Community Sunday will be on 19 April. The more the merrier!
Thanks to Val Milne for providing information on this event:
I thought this would possibly be of interest to fellow allotmenteers
Gardener’s Question Time
In support of Momentum skills.
With Presenters of BBC’s Beechgrove Garden – Jim McColl and Carole Baxter
And local retired horticulturist and soft fruit specialist Colin Stirling.
Hosted by STV’s Chris Harvey.
Come along and have your gardening problems and queries answered by our expert panel.
Proceeds raised will help Momentum Skills support people with acquired brain injuries and other disabilities in North East Scotland.
Tickets cost £8 includes refreshments. Can be obtained by contacting Michael Jamieson
Wednesday 29th April 2015, 19:30
Inverurie Town Hall
Access for disabled is up the ramp at the side of the hall.(Across from specsavers)
No doubt Seed Catalogues have dropped through letterboxes for weeks now, but at the weekend something new arrived with us – the Chiltern Seeds Catalogue and, better still, their Veg Book for 2015.
The Veg Book was a new find and is great fun to browse and read. It’s full of charming illustrations and even more full with suggestions of veggies to grow from seed: some are well-known ‘heritage’ varieties and some new and unusual selections.
Both are free and you can apply for your copy via their website at the link above. Needless to say, I have no connection with them, other than I like their alternative take on things.
I was nice to see so many people working their plots in bright sunshine today and lots of activity – dung deliveries, winter digging, plant sharing, path laying, tree pruning and general tidying up.
I popped into the Bothy and I see some kind soul has donated a big batch of gardening mags and a set of seed catalogues, so no need to be idle if you get caught in a shower.
With the weather favouring the ducks today when I had free time and hoped to get on with my delayed winter digging I have resorted to surfing some of my favourite allotment and gardening sites and adding them to our Links page above. A wee reminder – if you have sites you would like to pass on, please let me know and I’ll be pleased to add them.