Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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Cow Manure Local Source

The photo shows a £35 load.

All About Allotments

Stuart recently tipped me off about a website called All About Allotments. It is an extensive site offering all sorts of general advice and information on having and running an allotment and offers a “gateway” into many other sites about green growing with a special focus on the UK.

Hopefully, the weather will improve soon and we will be able to get back to working our plots with safe conditions underfoot, but in the meantime, All About Allotments is well worth exploring.

Losses from Plots

We have suffered from a wee spate of thefts from plots over this season – rather more than for many years. Items taken include: tools, bird feeders, a bicycle, compost bins, hoops and coverings, hoses, produce, etc.

So, a word to the wise, please be aware the problem seems to be ongoing and therefore it is worth taking a bit more care. Also, if you do lose something, please:

  • let a member of the committee know so we can monitor the scale of the problem
  • inform the Police in the case of a break-in and theft
  • as I say, take additional measures to take care of what you can.

If you have practical ideas that would enhance our site security we would be delighted to have them.

Coffee Grounds Anyone?

We have very kindly been offered spent coffee-grounds from one of Aberdeen’s baristas. A quick internet check reveals that there are differing views on how useful coffee grounds are in a garden.

However the grounds certainly have some uses and are being delivered free of charge to our site. You will find a small pile accumulating at the bottom of our allotment site beside where George dumps the grass cuttings. Please help yourself.

NEW: TAMS Veg Boxes

The Allotment Market Stall team have been in touch to announce their new weekly veg box scheme.



Dobies Update Aug 2020

A wee update on our membership of the Dobies Group Scheme for the season just finishing.

Fifteen orders were placed amounting to a total for seeds of £303. Our GFAA members saved 40% on those orders and the Association’s total discount on all items was £43.93. This discount will be paid to our funds sometime in September.

I am pleased to say we will continue to be members into the coming season on the same basis as before – plotters placing orders get 40% off seeds and 10% off everything else from the Dobies Catalogue. At the same time the Association gets a further 10% for seed orders and 5% of all else paid to our funds. A win/win I think.

Please note: The current Discount code will stop working as of 1 September after which date a new code will be issued.

Thanks to all you took part this year.

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