Garthdee Allotments

Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

Standing Firm

The Tuesday Volunteer Squad broke off from their gardening duties today to give a wee demonstration of what One Metre Plus Social Distancing looks like when done properly – in the Scottish style. An instructional video has been sent to Boris and Dom.

The Tuesday Squad

The Team: At left Back, Mike the Marvel; Centre Back, Dynamic Doug, Right Back and Captain, Anne: Left Winger, Aye Aye Irene, Right Winger, Heavy Metal Jordi: Centre Forward, Gorgeous Gordon.

Please say hello to our new recruits, Irene and Doug. We hope they will be regulars from now on.

The team were on top form again today taking on weeding the beds around the Orchard Fruit Trees and the South Bank and strimming around the compost bins. Big thanks go to everyone concerned for another magnificent effort.

Community Sunday June 2020

Stuart

UPDATE: Sorry, today’s COMMUNITY SUNDAY CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

You are cordially invited to this month’s Community Sunday (June 21) from 11.00 to 12.30 at Garthdee Field Allotments. With regret there will be no communal coffee and cake session at the close and we will have to observe strict social distancing, while working in small groups, but there is plenty to do safely around the communal areas of the site e.g.

remove bonfire ash and tidy area (nails etc)
weeding South Bank and other boundaries
remove large weeds from wildflower meadow (if any)
pothole filling
orchard tidying (e.g. fruit bushes)
dead heading daffodils
removal of dumped turf
strimming of grass
woodchip management
etc.
Looking forward to seeing all who can make it,

Happy plotting, Stuart

The boys are back in town!

Well almost. I am pleased to say that with the recent relaxations to the Lockdown regulations we feel we can again invite our volunteers back on site as of Tuesday of next week – June 16.

We will be operating under slightly different conditions. In the main, to ensure safety and compliance with public health guidelines and advice we will operate future sessions under these conditions and arrangements:

  • participants will attend individually or in pairs and not in larger groups
  • individual sessions must be pre-arranged and attendance confirmed in advance
  • all activities will be undertaken individually, with participants maintaining strict social distancing at all times
  • the Octagon, Polytunnel, Bothy and other indoor spaces will remain closed and out of bounds (toilets excepted)
  • where sessions extend over a coffee break or lunchtime, participants will bring their own food, drinks, mugs, dishes etc.
  • hand sanitisers will be made available as necessary
  • tools will be provided, but not be shared during a session.

We are very much looking forward to having the gang back with us, but as always, sessions are voluntary and the decision to attend rests entirely with the individual volunteer and his/her supporter(s). Not all will be able to come. Keeping each other safe and doing our bit to beat the virus must be our priorities.

I am sure all plotters will give the squad members a warm welcome back.

Aberdeen in Bloom 2020

The City Council as announced that the Aberdeen in Bloom Annual Garden Competition cannot go ahead this year. A great pity, but no surprise.

Instead, the Council is holding a photo competition and exhibition to celebrate our gardens, green spaces and allotments. Lorna for the Council has been in touch with the details. Here they are.


Celebrate Aberdeen In Bloom 2020
It is time to Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom and we are looking for photos from you to help show the beauty, diversity and wildlife in Aberdeen’s gardens.
Instead of the annual garden competition, which is cancelled due to coronavirus, we ask that you send in photographs showing your work in six themes – make or design a scarecrow, garden wildlife, favourite viewpoint, splash of colour, home-grown dish, and proud of my planting.
Any resident of Aberdeen can take part so encourage your friends and family to take part – there is no age restriction for submitting photographs.
The intent is that the photos would be used in an exhibition later in the year, when Government restrictions allow. In the meantime you will be able to see a selection of submissions at the Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom facebook page Celebrate-Aberdeen-in-Bloom
The photographs should be sent to CAIB@aberdeencity.gov.uk showing work in the following themes:

  • Make or Design a Scarecrow
    Submit image of your own scarecrow, built from materials only limited by your imagination. Use recycled /upcycled materials and get creative. Alternatively submit an image of your design for one.
  • Garden Wildlife
    Submit your favourite photograph of wildlife in your garden or nearby green space. Could be butterflies on a buddleia flower, birds feeding on nearby shrubs, or trees or insects foraging a compost pile.
  • Favourite Viewpoint
    Choose your very favourite outdoor space in your garden or green space and tell us why in no more than 200 words? Accompany with a photograph.
  • Splash of Colour
    Take a snapshot of your favourite flower, leaf or vegetable which injects colour into your life, the brighter the better.
  • Home Grown Dish
    Send in a picture of your meal produced from your own grown vegetables. Meal ideas and broad outline recipes can be included, with a 200-word restriction.
  • Proud of my Planting
    A category to represent anyone young or old to the pleasures of planting seeds or cuttings. A picture of your favourite and a description of 200 words maximum preferred but not essential.
    Please remember to tell us which category best fits each photograph you are submitting.
    This will be an ongoing celebration and a closing date will be determined at a later date, depending on coronavirus restriction.
    We look forward to seeing what you have been up to, and what is important to you, in the garden and let’s all Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom.

So, over to you – let’s make sure Garthdee Field Allotments support the Council’s efforts and adds a proper splash of colour!

Soil Conditioner for sale

Please see the note below which Pat passed on to me from Angus Craig. I’m happy to receive any notes of interest and organise a delivery if that’s possible – i.e. if there is demand is for 80 bags. Stuart (Plot 8)


I have some 100% natural soil conditioner that I’ve been using on our farm and at home in our poly tunnel seeing great results. The conditioner is a by-product of the Buchan Biogas Anaerobic Digestion plant that is on our farm. The conditioner is made from precision chopped plant matter which has had the methane gas extracted from it to supply Peterhead homes with domestic gas. Meaning the conditioner is 100% renewable and better for the environment than artificially produced soil conditioner whilst still providing high levels of NPK.

The conditioner is a great source of organic matter, ideal for improving soil structure and improving plants ability to hold on to moisture, essential in a dry year like this.

This is the only soil conditioner of its kind for sale in Scotland which I am selling for £4/bag for a 20kg bag. So far I have had a few big orders a bit further afield than Peterhead, however if I can fill my trailer (80 bags) I am willing to deliver further afield within Aberdeenshire. It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass on some of this information to allotment reps.

Kind regards, Angus Craig


Stuart

Anyone for a nettle patch?

This month’s Keep Scotland Beautiful and It’s Your Neighbourhood e-newsletter has an interesting article on why it’s perhaps a good idea to find a wee spot for a nettle patch on our plots, or elsewhere around the site perhaps.

Photo Credit: Phil Wilkie

The Council now encourages us to promote bio-diversity around the site and allowing a nettle patch to establish can be a good and easy starting point. You might want to give careful thought to where you put it mind you.

Nettles are great for balancing out your home-made comfrey tea liquid fertiliser as well. A recent Beechgrove Garden experiment showed that these two in combination made for a more successful tomato feed than commercially available chemical feeds.

I’m told that nettles have many uses in the kitchen too, but, I have to be honest I have yet to put this to the test myself. Can any one share some suggestions?

UPDATE:

Funny the way things happen. I posted this and popped into Youtube and found this had been posted up only today.

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