It's not too late to think about pruning your fruit trees and bushes, this will improve their health and productivity. If you would like some expert advice the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society will be holding a workshop at Bridgend on Saturday 12th February. See attached poster for more information.
Visits to the plot are weather dependent. That was very true for December with no visits for the first part of the month. The remaining crops of leeks (Musselburgh), beetroot (Boltardy), parsnips (Countess), swedes (Angela), sprouts (Maximus) and winter cabbage (Celtic) are winter hardy. Some of them will last until February or March. By the middle of the month the kitchen was running short.
No more evening visits to the plot now that the hour has changed. Daytime visits are also cut short by poor light. But there is still time to prepare the ground so that no digging is needed at the busy seed time in the spring.
The Council has created a page detailing current events pertinent to the allotment community. Access it here:
Summer time holidays and allotments don't go well together. It was a problem before I retired, our holiday time was fixed. July and August are peak months for harvesting and weed growth. This year we took a break in late September. There was still plenty to harvest but we asked someone else to gather the crops and enjoy fresh vegetables.
The Council has published the second strategy document following on from Cultivating Communities in 2005. This gives details of their plans for allotments in the city from 2010 to 2015.
You can download it from here:
A limited number of 200 litre blue plastic drums suitable for allotment use as water butts has kindly been made available to FEDAGA members by Masons Mortar of Salamander Place. Click on the link below for hours of opening and the location. You can just drop in to ask for these, but you might be as well to e-mail David Swindale at email@example.com to check that they still have a supply.
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Click here - http://www.sags.org.uk/docs/ScotPlotGuide.pdf - to see this excellent pamphlet, published by the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society. It was launched in September at the Scottish Parliament and received a great deal of support from MSPs and Ministers.
Order Forms for Seed Potatoes are now being circulated amongst plot holders by Site Representatives. The deadline for orders is November 1st. Ensure that you benefit from the unbeatable prices negotiated by FEDAGA. Every order also contributes a small amount to Site Association funds. If you don't see an order form soon, please contact your Site Representative.
Onion Set and General Seed Order Forms will be circulated soon. Please note that this offer is only for plot holders at affiliated sites.
Delivery of seed potatoes will be around mid-February.