January is one of the bleakest months on the allotment . Now is a good time to decide on your crop rotation stategy for the Spring in the comfort of your living room.
I went to my allotment last Thursday and everything was covered in a blanket of wet snow.
The underlying ground was also frozen hard and so there was no point in attempting any digging -
A new on-line exchange scheme, set up by Edinburgh Grow Your Own and part of Edinburgh Freegle, has been created. It's bound to be of interest to allotment holders as it is for anything garden or allotment related: plants, seeds, spades, sheds, roofing felt, bamboo canes, whatever...
If you've got something you don't need, why not give it away? Or if there's something you're looking for which someone else has, just ask.
Edinburgh Freegle is free to join, free to use, and everything on it is free.
Just sign up, and post an OFFER or a WANTED. People will reply to you, and you sort out collection yourselves.
FEDAGA reckons about one quarter of the plots in Edinburgh are below reasonable standard. This is the perennial problem that stands head and shoulders above all others. So it's interesting to see the following article in the Daily Telegraph.
(Remember you can access the Guardian's and Telegraph's gardening pages via our links section.)
December can be a very bleak month and with the shorter days the only time you are likely to be at the allotment when there is any daylight left is at the weekend.
I was at my allotment briefly on Sunday and discovered that a large flap of felt had been partly ripped from the roof of my shed ,but was fortunately still attached which means I can repair it with some cold set bitumin compound.
In Late Autumn as Winter grows ever nearer , trees are losing their leaves everywhere .Although the allotment is largely dormant at this time , there are still a number of crops which can be harvested including leeks, celeriac, winter cabbages, brussels sprouts , spinach and salad plants .
Now is an ideal time to carry out all of those little jobs which you have been putting off ,like clearing out the shed , cleaning the greenhouse, cleaning & oiling your tools, emptying and turning over the contents of your compost containers.
We are delighted to announce a new online system produced especially for us by Kings Seeds. This will remove all the paperwork involved in ordering seeds, allow you to order seeds when you want rather than fitting into a bulk ordering scheme and let you to reorder whenever suits you.
A 45% discount is applicable to all SEED orders together with a further 10% which will be paid to FEDAGA. Depending on how many orders are made we hope to return some of this commission to site committees later in the 2013 season.
The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our communities by re-connecting people with their local green spaces. Like FEDAGA, they believe that quality local greenspaces have a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals.
The ELGT Community Gardening Development Officer, Mark Vrionides, is working to support new and existing community gardening initiatives, particularly projects which will deliver health and wellbeing benefits to participants.
Details for the Seed Potato and Onion Set Trading Scheme have been distributed to Site Representatives and should be posted on Site Noticeboards. If you are unsure who you should speak to on your site, please contact FEDAGA (see sidebar on the left) and we will point you in the right direction.
The closing date for orders is 19th November, but PLEASE don't leave this to the last minute!
In Mid Autumn there is a distinct chill in the air and the days are becoming much shorter .The growing season is almost at and end and vegetation dies back and trees and shrubs lose their leaves.
Despite occasional sunny days, ground frosts are much more likely and there have already been a few over the last couple of weeks. Strong winds and heavy rain are now also a distinct possiibility with rain in particular causing localised flooding and causing clay rich soils to becomewaterlogged.
FEDAGA has for many years run a trading scheme for members offering them discounted rates on seeds from the King's catalogue. This has had the benefit of also generating income for the Site Associations and FEDAGA itself. Following a review it has been decided to update proceedings and make the scheme more relevant to present day lifestyles.