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Plot Opportunity

Marion has asked me to post this opportunity. Please contact her directly if it is of interest to you.


Hi

I am inquiring on behalf of my fellow plotters at Easter Anguston Farm.
We have 2 plots that have become available.
Do you know of anyone seeking a plot?
We look forward to hearing from you,

Kind regards
Marion

From: Marion Tierney-Strachan <mar.tierney AT outlook.com>

Interesting Project

Rebecca Dunn has been in touch about this upcoming event,

Hello community growing network,

I wanted to share details of my upcoming project, which may be of interest. Please excuse the following shameless plug!

Please see the details below. Please share this information with relevant networks if you can and of course it would be wonderful if you can attend.

Invite to attend the “Nice Day, Isn’t It?” installation at Aberdeen Wonderland Festival

Time & Location
8th- 11th September 11am – 8pm
Aberdeen, 85 Union St, Aberdeen AB11, UK
Free entry
Details –
In Aberdeen, one thing we can be sure of is that we never quite know what the weather’s going to do; ‘Nice day, isn’t it?’ celebrates the language of weather. Rebecca Dunn has composed new music based on facilitated discussions at community garden locations about things you can see, hear or feel – like wind or sunshine – talking about these less tangible things allows us to express our ideas about what the past 2 years have been like and what our hopes are for the future.

Working with Gray’s Mobile Art School, an ‘Urban Grow Dome’ has been built and the new compositions form a recorded audio installation that audience members can enjoy in a small seated area surrounded by plants growing vertically all around them.
Kind regards,

Rebecca

Duthie Park Celebration

Representatives of Aberdeen City’s six Green Flag sites today attended an event to celebrate The Duthie Park being awarded with their tenth annual Green Flag Award. Yes, they have achieved Ten in a Row.

Garthdee Field’s third annual inspection visit is scheduled for Tuesday August 16 at 9.30 in the morning. Please put this date in your diaries if you will be able to come along. The Judges very much look forward to chatting with plotters, friends and volunteers during their visits. They will want to know and see:

  • How welcoming our site is
  • How well maintained it is
  • How we encourage biodiversity and green gardening
  • How sustainable our approaches and practices are.

Of course, we hope to have our site in the best possible shape for the visit to ensure we retain our Green Flag status and recognition as a well run public green space. All help to tidy up on and around plots will be much appreciated. If you would like to help on the communal areas please see a member of the Committee for suggestions.

One potato, two …

Dear Plotters

As a token of thanks for using the polytunnel last year, One Seed Forward (OSF) is to give Garthdee a 20kg bag of Accord seed potatoes, a First Early all rounder, which will be bagged up into 1kg lots. We will receive these at the start of March, if you would like a bag please get back to me giving your plot number and they will be set aside for you. First 20 responses secure a bag.

One Seed Forward (OSF) are also carrying out a Potato Project, they are trying to record all the varieties of potato being grown in the North East this year. They have managed to get a variety of small packs of seed potatoes that will be given to people to be their Tattie Testers.

If you take a bag of First Early Accord potatoes or take part in the Potato Project it would be very much appreciated if you could give some feedback on how you got on, did you get a good yield, how did they taste? There is more information in the attached flyer about the Potato Project so if it is of interest OSF would love to have the Garthdee Allotmenteers take part.

Best regards
Anne Arthur
Secretary GFAA

Best Ever Dobies Scheme Discount

A cheque arrived with us today.

A cheque for £112.23. This marks the best ever annual bonus from the Dobies Group Scheme for our GFAA Funds. It means that our plotters and volunteers together spent over £1000 this year on seeds and sundries from the Dobies Catalogue – while saving themselves around 40% on each order at the same time. A win-win-win I think you will agree.

Thanks go to everyone who bought from Dobies by catalogue, post or online using our code and so contributed to this very welcome addition to our annual income. The £112.23 has now been deposited in our GFAA Account.

Copies of the New Season Dobies Catalogue and necessary Discount Code are available NOW in the Octagon.

A Food Forest in your Garden by Alan Carter

It’s a real pleasure to review this title from a local Aberdeen author, Alan Carter. Alan is a plotter here in Aberdeen and this is (I believe) his first published book.

A few years ago (2018) I attended a Forest Gardening course Alan hosted on his allotment. It was a hugely enjoyable day, but a challenging one. I was a traditional plotter and the Forest Gardening approach undermined most of the ideas I had about growing vegetables.

Alan Carter in his Forest Garden allotment

I came away from the course keen to try out the methods I had seen, but since then I have struggled to make them work for me. I needed a “roadmap”: Alan’s new book will provide just that.

Spoiler alert: I think, “A Food Forest for your Garden” is an exceptional book. I am not alone: the book has attracted a bevy of admirers from within the community of food forest and permaculture growers. Alan has lived, breathed, trialled and adapted these methods for years and this shines through in his writing. The book is part bible, part manual and part memoir with all the authenticity and authority you could ask for. Oh, and with a rich dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.

I only have one reservation about the book – and that is its using the phrase “Food Forest” in the title. It may confuse some and put others off. Don’t be put off by it. Alan does a great job of explaining where it comes from, what its history is and how it works for gardeners. Everybody who has enjoyed lifting a shaw of tatties, or lamented the failure of their parsnips will enjoy reading this book and learn from it.

So what does it offer us plotters? These are the take-aways that stand out for me.

  • It will take your no-dig gardening practice and understanding to whole new heights. Conserving soil structure lies at the core of forest gardening.
  • If you are interested in adding more perennial veggies into your beds you could not find better advice. Alan lists a directory of hundreds of edible plants chosen because they are suitable for growing in Scotland.
  • It will help you extend the growing season beyond the short Scottish Summer and show new possibilities all year round.
  • You will be freed from the chore of endless weeding and trying to keep black earth black and weed-free. In the established forest garden annual weeds can’t find much a foothold.
  • There is money to be saved too through saving seeds and encouraging volunteer plants.
  • Alan provides a kitchen’s worth of personal recipes and advice on how to get the best out of each harvest.

Look on the book as an encyclopedia of how to design, create and manage your new garden. It is also lavishly illustrated with excellent photos, many taken by Alan on his own plot.

So, what’s not to like? Nothing. Do yourself a favour and ask Santa to pop a copy into your Christmas Stocking. It will make for a delightful dip-in read over the Christmas hols, then take its place on your shelves for years to come as a much used reference book.

Copies are available via Alan’s Own Website

Or from Amazon via this link.

Or for all good bookshops: Published by Permanent Publications in 2021 with IBSN 1856232999.

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