Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

Tag: biodiversity

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.

Spring is here?

Well perhaps. Certainly, our plots are beginning to spring into colour and are teeming with new life.

I spotted these tadpoles to be in my wildlife pond yesterday. Then these:

The two bodies of spawn are in the same small pond, but they are very different in appearance. The first are round and large in a big round ball of spawn. The second lot are small, elliptical and in a flat, thin body of spawn.

Any idea why the difference?

Other than that, all around the site we have some lovely splashes of colour.

Any more photos going? It would be great to have them.

Get busy buzzing in the new year

Thanks go to Sepi on Plot 85 for suggesting this post.

This beekeeping course is offered by Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association. Further information on the Council’s Beekeeping policy is available via the Advice Link above. Plotters are advised to check with Pat Wilson first if they are thinking of getting into beekeeping on site.

Going Wild in the Garden

Wild About Gardens has been set up by The Wildlife Trust and the RHS to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to help support nature.

They are running a special feature on wildlife ponds and have produced a very useful guide to setting up a mini-pond and the benefits and joys it will bring.

Research opportunity

Dr. Anja Byg of the Hutton Institute has been in touch and Garthdee plotters are invited to participate in this research project.

I am writing to you as part of a research project carried out by social scientists from the James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Rural College. The research focuses on ways of managing soils and biodiversity in Scotland. As part of this research project, we are looking for people who are growing things at different scales from garden owners and allotment holders to farmers and other land owners/managers and who would be willing to be interviewed by one of our team. The interview would take around one-and-a-half hours and would take place at a time and place convenient to you. It would focus on what you do on your plot, your experiences as well as your more general views on nature, biodiversity and soils. No specific knowledge, expertise or kind of approach is required to take part in the interview only a willingness to share your experiences with us. Attached is some more information about the research. We would be grateful if you could let us know if you would be interested in taking part and if you could pass on this email and attached information to other plot holders at the Garthdee Field Allotment Association. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Interested plotters can contact Stuart or Michael for more details.

Plot Mates

Paul (Plot 67) and Stuart (Plot 8) were kind enough to send these photos. They are a reminder of some of the wildlife with which we share our site.

Photo Credit: Paul Copland
Photo Credit: Stuart Oram
Photo Credit: Paul Copland
Photo Credit: Paul Copland

If plotters have any other photos of wildlife on their plots it would be great to have them to share here. :-)

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