News From the Dundee Allotment Federation

Murrayfield Allotments

Murrayfield allotments have started more composting on site and selling of scrap metal. This cuts down on the number of skips required as well as raising funds.

Talks

Dundee Fed from time to time organise talks for all gardeners in the city and recently held a talk by Bob Bremner on preparing veg for a show , unfortunately the speaker on showing flowers fell ill at the last moment and we had to rely on G Robbie to fill in, both talks attracted around 20 people and were well received. Our next talk is on October 18th with Michael Laird talking on storing veg, tubers and corms over winter.
Michael is the gardener at Broughty Ferry rock gardens run by the council and worth a visit if your passing through and its free.

Shows

Dundee goes show daft at this time of year with a show every weekend from middle August to 1st weekend in October. Some are confined to an allotment site and others are open to all. Our own Fed show is on 17th September, primary purpose is to provide a stepping stone from allotment shows to Dundee Flower Show.

Dundee Flower Show is a primary fundraiser in the Fed calendar with setting up stalls and displays. Flower displays in two entries raised £70 and sale on plants etc from our information stand raised over £200, as well as raising awareness of allotments.

Sorry forgot to add fed won Gold medal for information stand (best ever result), 3rd in 6 foot by 4 foot display of cut flowers, my own allotment association second in display of veg 4 foot by 3 foot, also did vegetable garden for Dundee countryside rangers in childrens tent of 3 metres by 2 metres, most were staged on the Thursday /Friday. Thank heavens Dundee allows staging through the night as I just had time to go home , shower and change and into the office for 8.30am. Unfortunately only had time to stage one plate of tatties for myself but got the red card so happy.

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