Archive for August, 2011

Summer House for Sale in Borders near Melrose

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
We at New Horizons Borders are a user led mental health charity in the Scottish Borders. We have had a community garden project at Newtown St Boswells for the past 8 years but due to cutbacks from NHS Borders one of our core finders we now need to give this up. We had hoped to transfer the property we have at the garden to a nearby garden with a free lease but at the last minute this has fallen through.
We have a large summerhouse we now need to sell and have moved by 1st September 2011. We are looking for £500 for this item and I am attaching a photo. Measurements are approx 5m x 4m but if anyone is interested I can get specifics to you. Anyone buying this is responsible for the dismantling and moving of it but we do have some volunteers that would be willing to assist.
Any interested party can call Liz Archibald on 07974003252

Chicken Shed for Sale in Cellardyke

Monday, August 29th, 2011

It is 135cm high, 112cm deep and 120cm long. Has a big laying area, roost perch and removable side for easy access. Suitable for up to 10 hens. Excellent condition. Price 150 pounds ONO. Would have to be collected from Cellardyke. Tel 07972834328. Jared or Lorraine

Note from webmaster: To those not familiar with the area Cellardyke is in Fife on the edge of Anstruther

SAGS volunteers help at Edible Garden Event

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Jenny at Edible Garden Andrew edible garden

As part of the Edible Gardening Project at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, SAGS representatives Andrew Reid, Peter Wright and Jenny Mollison joined forces with volunteers from the Botanics for a drop-in herb growing workshop in the John Hope Gateway.  More than 250 people came over the course of the weekend and we demonstrated taking cuttings, sowing seeds, and other techniques for propagating herbs at home either in the garden, allotments or pots and windowboxes.

Friends of Wemyss Bay Station open Garden

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

SAGS members Jenny Mollison and Ian Welsh were invited to attend the formal opening of the Station Garden at Wemyss Bay Station on August 11.  The garden has been created on derelict land that was formerly sidings.  It includes a vegetable plot with beds of carrots, leeks, onions and salad crops.  There is also a polytunnel in which tomatoes, courgettes, peppers and aubergines are flourishing.  The polytunnel will also be used for growing bedding plants for the containers on the station.

The Friends maintain an extensive range of formal displays around the station and hope that in future they will be able to raise most of the bedding plants used in the displays.  They are experimenting with the use of raised beds to enable growing in areas where the soil is contaminated and hostile.

The project has benefited from support from ScotRail.

Edinburgh to use ‘stalled sites’ for temporary mini allotments

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A SERIES of gap sites across the Capital where development has stalled because of the economic slump are to be turned into public parks and gardens.  Under the proposals, gap sites could be turned into greenspace or “mini allotments” until developers are ready to press ahead with their plans.

Among the first to benefit from the scheme are a series of sites at the waterfront, including the Granton site that the council bought for £2.3 million in 2006 to turn into a new school, only to mothball its plans because of the slowdown in families moving to the area.

The question is: will allotmenteers benefit from this type of project?

Obviously it is good that a site awaiting development should be attractively maintained and not allowed to become a neglected rubbish dump.  However allotment gardening tends to be a long term hobby.  If a gardener knows that the site may only be available for a few years and that development may be resumed at a few months notice then there will be very little incentive to improve the soil  or to plant anything other than quick growing annuals.  In many development sites the underlying soil condition will be poor and an allotmenteer would need to construct raised beds and bring in compost for growing.  This is a serious investment and will only be attractive if the gardener knows there is several years security of tenure.

Surely it would be better to forget about talk of ‘mini allotments’ and just create landscaped recreational areas for the local community. Certainly this type of project should not be allowed to diminish the search for sites for proper permanent allotments.