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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.

Amazing Kiwi Fruits on Plot 23

Thanks go to Val on Plot 23 for this story.

Perhaps I ought to start by saying this is not an April Fool’s Day story. :-)

This is Val’s recent harvest of Kiwi Fruits grown on her plot outside against her south-facing wall.

Photo Credit: Val Milne

She says the fruits are small but perfectly formed and have made a delicious jam rich in and vitamin C.

Photo Credit: Val Milne

Photo Credit: Val Milne

And there was me thinking I had done quite well with my Blueberries!  I am not sure what this tells us. Are Kiwi Fruits hardier than we might have imagined? Is this more evidence that our local climate is indeed changing? Maybe, of course, it’s just a matter of excellent gardening! In any case, congratulations go to Val for a stunning result.

Has anyone else something a bit exotic to share?


Bargain Seeds for GFAA Members

Remember, there is no need for GFAA members to fret about missing Black Friday bargains.  Our membership of the Dobies Garden Club Scheme means that 40% discounts on seeds and 10% reductions on other purchases are available throughout the year and as often as you like – as long as you quote the GFAA Discount Code when ordering.

Copies of the Catalogue and Code are available in the Octagon.  Please help yourselves.

Order online, by post or by phone – but remember to quote the GFAA code!


Calling All Plotters: Community Sunday


Dear Plotters,

This is a call for this month’s Community Sunday, this Sunday at 11.00 (weather permitting), with coffee/tea and cakes from 12.30 at the Octagon.
There’s plenty to do on site:
– fill potholes
– complete bulb planting at Octagon (partially completed by Volunteers)
– general site tidy
– work to limit puddle collection near bottom bins
– tree trimming, top car park
– etc.
Looking forward to seeing all who can make it for some light work (and the coffee/tea and cakes too),
Best Regards
Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

Cheaper Seeds – a new GFAA Benefit

Good news!

GFAA has joined the Dobies Gardening Associations Group Scheme. (Please note: this is Dobies with one ‘b’ and not the Dobbies with the local gardening superstore – as owned by Tesco I hear.)  Under this scheme, our plotters and volunteers ordering from Dobies will receive a 40% discount on seeds and 10% off other purchases.

Additionally, GFAA will benefit by a further 5-10% from all qualifying orders as a boost to our funds.  At a time when we are seeking new ways of finding income sources to sustain our site maintenance activities, we are hopeful this scheme might make a significant contribution – if enough plotters take part.

Easy Ordering and delivery direct to your door

  • GFAA members order personally, by phone, post or online.
  • GFAA provides each member with a paper catalogue and order form – or use the online catalogue.
  • Delivery is direct to the address of the person placing the order.
  • The unique GFAA offer code drives the discount and must be quoted at the time an order is placed.
  • Payment is with the order, by cheque, credit/debit card or PayPal.
  • Top-up orders, of any value, can be made throughout the year and will benefit from the discount.

Please note:

Whether ordering by post using the official order form, or by phone or online you must use the official GFAA order code to qualify for the discounts.  You cannot claim the discount retrospectively after the event.

Copies of the Dobies Catalogue and the Order Form printed with the unique order code will be placed in the Octagon by this weekend.  The padlock combination is the same as for all other GFAA locks.  Please help yourselves to a personal copy of the catalogue and order form – Dobies have provided us with one copy per member.  In case of difficulty please ask a Committee Member for help.

If you prefer to order online from the comfort of your sofa, please use the code from the printed order form or email Norman (gfaawebhelper[at] for the required code – remember, no code, no discount and no exceptions! 

It is one of Dobies Terms and Conditions that we agree NOT to share the GFAA code with non-members.  They state they will cancel our group membership if we do not respect this rule.

Thanks go to Len on Plot 74 for alerting us to this scheme.

So, here’s to many happy hours of catalogue browsing!

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