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No Dig Champion – Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is coming to give a talk at the Phoenix Community Centre at Newton Dee Village on Saturday 3 February.

Many plotters will be aware that Charles has practised his, ‘no dig method’ of growing vegetables for well over thirty years now.  In 2013 he moved to a derelict smallholding of one-fifth of an acre and very quickly transformed it into a productive vegetable garden.  He documented his efforts on a popular YouTube Channel (he has nearly 50,000 subscribers) and in a series of well-received books.

This link will take you to the Eventbrite Website to make reservations.

Managing Your Allotment – Guidance Notes

In December 2017 Aberdeen City Council issued an updated set of guidance notes for plotters called, “Managing your Allotment”. The new version contains updated information on, e.g. ponds, polytunnels and keeping bees.   For your convenience, you will find a copy of this document under the Advice Tab at the top of our Homepage. Or you can follow this link.

One Seed Forward

The splendid, One Seed Forward Project is getting ready for another bumper year.

Plotters wanting to know more or take part can check out the details on their website.

Manure Deliveries

Happy New Year Plotters,

If you have been to the site recently, you will have noticed that a full 10 Tonne load of cow dung has been delivered to the Primary School Plot.  This is for use in the Community Garden.  Please do not use it for other purposes. However, another full load for use by plotters has been ordered and we expect delivery to the top of the site in the course of this month (January).

This second 10 Tonne load will be for the use of all GFAA plotters.  In the first instance, please take only a barrow load or two for use on your plot.  This is to make sure that everyone gets a fair allocation for a start. More may be available later in the year.

Calling all snappers!

The Royal Horticultural Society has teamed up with the Sunday Times to offer a new photo competition, encouraging young and old to get outside and, ‘record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be.” It is free to enter, and there is a prize of £5000 for the overall winner, and a secondary award goes to the winner of each of nine categories.

The categories include:
Welcoming Garden Wildlife
Celebrating Gardens
Pure Plants

A Portfolio category is for six images in a series or based on a single theme or style of photo.

Submit your entries via the RHS Website by 10.00am 1 March 2018. Full details are available on the RHS Website.  How nice would it be if Garthdee Field could feature in some of the winning photos!

Proper “Old School” Plotting

The volunteer squad were passing Tuesday past when we spotted this plot.

It turns out it belonged to Bill Noble and unfortunately, he has decided it’s time to give up the plot after many, many years with us and move on to follow other interests.  As you can see Bill was very traditional in his methods, digging his plot from end to end back to black earth over the winter months.  He was also, of course, an exceptionally successful gardener.

We will all be sorry to see Bill leave, but want to wish him all the best in the future. All the best too, to whoever takes over the plot.

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