Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Xmas

Well here we are on xmas day hope santa was good to you all. We are now looking forward to a new growing year which is not that far away, we have still some seeds to come also oinion sets and shallots. Its a nice sunny day and it looks like we have a thaw going on. Lets hope so as we may get on to the plot we had a look down on friday but still snow on the ground. Polytunnel was OK and the drumsI put into it for the long carrots are looking OK The sand in them still has to go down a bit this should happen over the next few weeks. I have still two more drums to move into the tunnel so hope to get that done quite soon. I will also need too make up my borehole mix for the long carrots also loking at ways too keep the carrot fly away from my crop as they are a pest, and it's not just carrots they go for they will go for celery, celeriac, parsley and coriander and parsnips so I have too stop them whereI can and soI will be using mesh to help with this.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Polytunnels

This afternoon I took a run down to the allotment just to check our polytunnel as I was reminded by one of the garden club members to clear the snow off it. A lot of folk last year lost polytunnels and greenhouses. So please check your polytunnels and greenhouses it will save you a lot money and time in the long run. Our second lot of seeds came today and still three lots to come. Not much we can do on the plot at the moment we will just have too wait for the weather. All the other growers are saying the same thing.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Allotments are Sexy

There's a interesting Facebook group entitled "Allotments are Sexy". Are allotments the new rock and roll? The group states:

"We welcome those who appreciate a slightly grubby person with a heart of gold who is into vegetables and the like. To those who appreciate the rain and the sun and the vision of self-sufficiency and yummy-ness in the world x please share your tips and advice with love"

Here in Nairn, good to see over on the Gurn that Deveron are pulling out of Sandown, that takes things back to square one and gives the society a great chance to make a case for more allotments on Sandown.


Saturday, 11 December 2010

Seeds for 2011

Last night we got our seeds ordered for the new growing year and we will be trying some new ones above the tried and tested that we have grown in the past. And now the snow has cleared off we should get onto the plot as there are still some parts to tidy up also I want to move four of my large drums into the polytunnel they are for my long carrots. I am also doing stump carrots in the polytunnel they will be in smaller drums. We will also need to think about getting manure for the parts of the plot that will need it this leads onto where the crops are going to be planted on the plot as we need to rotate where we are going to plant. Eg carrots will be going were we had tatties last year same with the parsnips. It is perhaps a good idea to take photos of your plot when it is all planted up and this gives you an idea for the following year what you had where - plus keep notes on sowing dates and what crops you did.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Mill Road - Allotments to be created early 2011

The site between the old Kirk and the railway will contain up to about 30 plots of different sizes once work is finished next year. We'll post regular updates on the work once it starts. For more information about the Mill Road Project go to this Society page.

Monday, 6 December 2010

plots in snow


This was taken on Sunday as we had a look down the allotment not much could be done on the plot. We will just have to wait for the weather to get better so in the time being its a case of what seeds we need too get and where from. We have one lot of tatties and are waiting for others to comeI did some pink fir tatties this year and they were very good the only thing about them is the shape as you can not peel them very well but we find that if you just give them a good wash and cook them with their skins on- nice for tattie salad and you could use red onion instead of white gives it a bit of colour.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Fàilte - Welcome to the site

We're live :-) This page will contain posts from the committee and members which will give you details of all aspects of allotment life over the seasons, (There's already one or two experimental posts below) The other pages contain more information about the Society and we will add to them in due course. Also watch the sidebar for important announcements like the AGM in January. Our meetings are open to supporters and anyone with an interest in growing your own fruit and veg.
Special thanks to the Gurnmeister for helping set these pages up. 
If you have any information that you think would be interesting to Nairn Allotment Society and the site's readers please contact us at infor@nairnallotments.org 

Books and Magazines

One good book to have is Grow your Own Vegtables by Joy Larkcom - worth reading! Magazines on sale include grow your own/ grow it/ and kitchen garden, again all worth a look. What I have been doing is once I have read them. I will take them along to our garden club were members can help themselves.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow


Well the snow has come to Nairn a bit early this year so we have not got down to the plot. As we have still a few jobs to do and are hoping the weather clears up a bit so we can get on. Our tatties are ordered and we still have too send for seeds will be trying some new stuff for the new growing season which is just around the corner so plans will be made for were we are growing our crops on the plot.