Mid –winter remains cold and although the days gradually begin to lengthen much of your plot will remain dormant. This makes it a good time to plan ahead and decide on your crop rotation strategy for the Spring.
Make up a crop rotation plan for the year as it is important to rotate crops of the 4 different families (onions; beans; potatoes/roots; brassicas) to prevent diseases becoming established in the soil.
From 2nd February to 15th April at the John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Photographs of allotments in the Central Belt.
See Carlo's own website for more pictures... http://www.carlodalessandro.com/portfolio/home/album/allotment_project?p...
We have received a request from a student at Edinburgh University for help in conducting research into peat and alternative growing media. Her name is Amy Waterson:
I am an honours year ecological science student at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently undertaking a research project exploring the use of peat and alternative growing media in the UK horticultural industry. It is hoped my findings will support ongoing DEFRA investigation into sustainable alternatives to peat.
Learn about winter pruning of your fruit trees and bushes from an expert - George Anderson of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and 'Beechgrove' presenter.
To be held on Saturday 4 February 2012 10am-12pm at Bridgend allotment site on Old Dalkeith Road, south of Cameron Toll roundabout at the end of the old cottages, opposite the Inch Nursery, meeting on the RCHS demonstration allotment at the entrance.
This year George Anderson will be showing plotholders how to prune the fruit bushes on their own allotments.
I visited my allotment on Monday 16th and the ground was covered in a deep frost and rock hard which meant that my plans to dig in the stubble from my green manure (mustard, phacellia and rye grass) sown in August last year, were shelved. I settled instead for tidying my greenhouse and shed.
Bridgend Growing Communities has received funding from the Big Lottery's "Awards For All" scheme to offer free training in organic gardening throughout 2012!
12 week programmes taking place on Mondays from 10am to 1pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm at Bridgend Allotments, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4TE - accredited by Oatridge College.
For further information please call Rob on 07974 077179 or 0131 664 9559 or e-mail email@example.com
Bridgend Growing Communities and the City of Edinburgh Council are offering a grow your own course for anyone with an allotment or aspiring to grow more of their own food.
The course will be delivered in 12 monthly sessions throughout 2012 - each three hours long - at the Inverleith and Dumbryden allotment sites. This means you could literally turn over a new leaf next year...and learn how to grow more of your own food.
The course costs £95 - or £55 if you are a new allotment holder.
Contact Rob Ford on 07974 077179 or e-mail him at
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Tending to tomatoes, raising runner beans and caring for cabbages could all reduce stress and encourage healthy ageing, according to new research released by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Researchers at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences have been investigating whether outdoor physical and leisure activities may offer more benefits to health in later life compared to indoor activities.
The good weather in November has allowed steady progress on winter tasks. As crops have been harvested the cleared ground has been dug over. This means less to do in the spring.