Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Opening of new site delayed until July

The new site at Oatlands Gate will not open this week after all. The construction is behind schedule at the moment. July is now promised but no definite date. Let's keep our fingers crossed for good weather so that the work can get finished.

I will post again when we have an opening date.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

May 2011

Paid a visit to Julian Ave and Kelvinside allotments this week. Much bigger sites than ours with about 50 plots each but fully utilised and a long waiting list. Met lots of busy and cheery plotholders and came away with lots of interesting ideas. I would love to have a pond on our plot but there is not enough room. Its maybe something we could consider a year or two down the line for the clubhouse area.

They have introduced raised beds for new gardeners rather than giving them a full plot. Some of the raised beds are on a hill which would have been difficult to work otherwise. Something we will need to consider for the new site at Oatlands Gate as the drop on the river side is very steep.

Photos of the new site uploaded onto our Facebook page this week so do check it out.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

April 2011

Sorry, didn't realise that I hadn't blogged since February :-)
Its now a busy time on the allotment. We have planted our potatoes and onions. At the weekend we got our carrots, beetroot, spinach, strawberries, turnip and swede planted.
We have cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli started in seed trays. So its all go.

Now we are planning which flowers to plant. Last year marigolds and sweet peas were really successful so they will go in again but I think we will try sunflowers along the fence at the path (see if we can compete with Joyce's beautiful display of pink flowers on the main path last year) and maybe some lavaterra and nasturtiums for the back fence.

Our new site is progressing (see photos on our website) and is still on schedule to open in Spring - guess that stretches to May but let's hope its soon.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011


Things to do in January:

Make a plan of your plot and chart what and where you will plant this year.
Make a shopping list for seeds.
Order your potatoes and save your egg boxes so that you can store them until they sprout.

Make sure tools are cleaned and sharpened.

I'll be back in February :-)