Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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Tool Repair Service

Plotters will know that our Volunteer Squad does all sorts around our site and helping (in special circumstances) on individual plots.

I’m pleased to say that Gordon Bennett is turning his skills to tool repair and refurbishment on our behalf.

Better than new

If you have a special tool (hand tools only please, no power tools) in need of TLC, or a broken tool that could be repaired and put to community use, please have a word with any member of the Volunteer Squad (Anne, Plot 92a, Ron 65a or Norman Plot 81). We will be pleased to look at it.

Gordon goes hands on

New Allotments Strategy

Plotters may have noticed that the P&J ran a feature about the increased demand for city allotments and Aberdeen City Council’s new strategy to promote food growing in the city.

It was pleasing to see this further commitment by the Council to allotment and green spaces. GFAA works in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and is a keen supporter of the strategy. We were delighted that Garthdee Field featured in the article.

An extended version of the article is available online.

Leaves, wood chips and compost

We now have a good and growing stock of leaves, wood chips and compost on site, kindly provided free by The Council, local contractors and from Hazelhead Park. Plotters should feel free to collect as much as the like for use on their own plots.

I had an interesting conversation recently with Bruce (Plot 79) on the safe handling of these materials. Bruce believes he may have contracted a respiratory complaint from spores in the water vapour released when these materials are handled. A little internet research (Daily Mail Article: Gromicko Article) suggests caution is sensible when handling leaves, wood chips and compost (both homemade and commercial).

These seem sensible precautions:

Always wear dry, breathable gloves to avoid direct contact with the skin, and to protect yourself from injury while using gardening tools and implements.
Wear protective footwear that covers your skin adequately to avoid direct contact with compost. Do not wear them anywhere except outdoors.
When stirring and tilling the compost, which is required on a regular basis in order for it to process and break down, always wear a nose and mouth guard or dust mask to avoid inhaling the various spores that will become airborne during tilling and turning.
Avoid tilling on windy days.
Do not store compost in fully closed or airtight containers. Without any air, it can actually become combustible.
Wash your hands after dealing with compost. While this suggestion may sound obvious, many garden enthusiasts get so absorbed with their activities that they forget the potential dangers from poisoning.
If you develop a severe cough or infection of the skin (especially if there is an open sore or puncture wound), seek medical attention immediately. You may require antibiotics or a tetanus shot.

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.

Seed Swapping – online

Michael Knight got in touch recently asking is anyone would be interested in joining a free to use an online seed swap website he has developed.

Sounds like a good idea? Check it out for yourselves via the link above.

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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