Holders of allotments owned by the City of Edinburgh Council are reminded that the consultation period for comments on the Draft Regulations Concerning Allotments will expire on Monday 5th December. You should have received a copy of the regulations a few months ago.
Contact the Allotment officer via this page:
Here's an exciting new opportunity for allotment owners in the Edinburgh area. You are invited to take part in the Big Biochar Experiment. This is a UK-wide, not-for-profit initiative that enables allotment owners to set up sample plots on their patch (one using a substance called biochar, and one without) and to report back the results of the experiment. This often has great appeal to allotment owners, as biochar is a very environmentally friendly substance, that can both increase your crop yields and also have a positive impact on carbon emissions.
The City of Edinburgh Council is developing a local development plan for Edinburgh and wants your help. This sets out policies and proposals to guide development and land use. The provision of allotments fits into this in a few ways, mainly to do with housing development and environmental concerns. These are covered in the local plan. The deadline for comments is 27 January 2012. Further details here:
The winter months are now upon us. The hour has changed and October is over. Winter crops are now to the fore. On the plot these are all flourishing. Many will last for several months and some will be fully harvested only when the ground is needed for next year's planting.
Cleve West's first book is a joy to read, humorous and humble, full of practical commonsense, and a belief in the values of community and sustainable living. There is plenty of advice here for plot holders - often of the what-not-to-do sort and written from sorry experience - and plenty of inspiration too in the creative ways that Cleve and his partner Christine make the most of their plot and enjoy the company of their fellow allotmenteers.
Not allotments, but of interest, no doubt...
Few people associate Edinburgh's Old Town with gardens, yet behind the historic buildings there are a surprising number of green nooks and crannies, and this new book shows you where to find them.
Jean Bareham, book author and founder of Greenyonder Tours says: 'Following on from the popularity of our walking tour 'Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile', we will publish our first book on 27 October 2011. The book gives the reader more gardens and more information than can be covered in one tour, with colour photos of the gardens in four seasons.'
Summer is now over and the plot is becoming bare of produce. The winter crops are starting to provide us with most of our fresh vegetables. The courgettes (Defender), calabrese (Chevalier) and summer cabbage (Minicole) will very soon be finished.
There have been problems in getting the notice for the AGM out this year. This posting is to let you know that the AGM takes place on Tuesday 18th October at 7.15pm. The venue is the Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.
The Agenda will be:
1 - Apologies
2 - Minutes of the 2010 AGM
3 - President's Review of the Past Year
4 - Financial Report by the Treasurer
5 - Flower Show Secretary's Report
6 - Election of Management Committee
7 - Election of Auditors
8 - Forward Plans for Coming Year
9 - Any Other Competent Business
At last all the sowing and planting out of vegetables is complete; the leeks (Musselburgh) are now in their final growing place. But I fill up space that becomes empty, such as when the potatoes are lifted, with the green manure "Crimson Clover". So section A. is now filled with clover sown in rows one foot apart.
It's now high summer; the plot is in full production and providing lots of fresh vegetables for the kitchen. It's easy to meet the recommended five portions a day. The choice is from sweet corn (Early Extra Sweet ), potatoes (Winston & Pentland Javelin), carrots (Chantennay), peas (Hurst Green Shaft & Onward), shallots (Red Sun), onions (Red Baron & Setton), courgettes (Defender), cabbage (Minicole) cauliflower (Candid Charm) and calabrese (Chevalier).