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Gordon Mitchell joins us

It’s a great pleasure to welcome our most recent volunteer, Gordon Mitchell.  Gordon joined us a few weeks back and is now a regular on site on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Gordon with Linda MacDonald from Momentum Skills

Meantime Gordon has worked in and around the Community Garden, looking after the raised beds and watering in the poly tunnel.  He has just started work on a new project, installing and maintaining some bird feeders as part of our contribution to the IYN Birds, bees and trees focus for this year.

If any plotters have any feeders or bird tables not in use, please pass them on to Gordon or leave them in the Bothy or Octagon if that is easier.

Please be sure to come over and say hello to Gordon if you see him working.  He will be especially pleased to share ideas for encouraging small song birds on site.

 

Pollinators on Parade

There were pollinators a plenty on the plots today: like the rest of us, scudding before the storms threatened for the afternoon perhaps.

Hopefully, they and lots of plotters will be back around on Sunday 11.00 – 12.30 for our Community Sunday Activities – with added coffee and cake for all those with two legs!

Our New Zealand Flatworm Problem

We have just received the interim report from OPAL and the University of Aberdeen on our flatworm problem.  It does not make for great reading as it suggests that over 70% of our plots are infested with these pests.

Suggestions as to how to deal with flatworms, taken from this very helpful report, has been incorporated into a new page under the Advice and Support tab above.  You will also find a copy of the interim report.

Welcome Mr Toad

I spotted this toad near my manure pile this week.

 

 

 

 

It would be great to build up a record of the wildlife that we see on our site.  If you spot something interesting, please let Norman know.  Better still, if you can catch a photo or some video please pass it onto him at gfaawebhelper [at] gmail.com.

 

Elephant Hawk-Moth – It’s a stunner!

 

 

Thanks to David for pointing out this beautiful Elephant Hawk-Moth visiting on his plot recently.   What a stunner! Otherwise known as Deilephila Elpenor (that’s easy for you to say!)

Read more on Wikipedia.

We are keen to build up photos and information about all the wildlife our site supports.  If you have any photos or information about sightings please send them on to me or Norman.

 

Be bee friendly …

One of the, “It’s Your Neighbourhood” priorities this year is that we plotters do as much as we can to encourage and protect our native bees.

It’s common knowledge that bees have been having a tough time of late.  They are vital to the success of many of our crops and it makes sense for us to give them all the help we can.  The Royal Horticultural Society  has a nice wee video that shows in four minutes just how easy it is to lend our bees a helping hand.

RHS suggests these simple steps to help our honey, bumble and solitary bees:

  1. Plant nectar and pollen rich plants – those with open flowers that give easy bee access.  Examples include Catmint, Lavender, Phacelia tanacetifolia and Sedum.
  2. Leave undisturbed some areas with naturally long grass, or at the base of bushes and hedges – these are the preferred, natural homes for bumble bees.
  3. Put up simple bee hotels for solitary bees e.g Mason Bees, in quiet spots around our plots and public spaces.
  4. Avoid spraying with pesticides as much as possible.
  5. Take up bee-keeping – if you have the necessary experience or get appropriate training.

On this last point, the City Council is reviewing its ban on bee-keeping on allotment sites and a new policy may be announced soon.

So, what could GFAA do to be bee friendlier?

 

 

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