A Community Growing Initiative

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Update time for the potatoes we are growing in containers at home.
Seven weeks gone for the Belle de Fontenay, Colleen and Home Guard we have in bags and America in our cardboard box.
Home Guard is slow compared to the others, the ones on our allotment are doing a bit better but it’s early days yet!
After taking these photos we are covering them with more soil up to the top of the bags to encourage more growth and hopefully more tubers.
How are yours growing?

Belle de Fontenay
Home Guard

How to make compost

Our friend Adrian has produced a great guide on how to make your own compost. You can get it by accessing the link below

Climate Change Club

Last week at our climate talk we created the Climate Change Club, giving away three different varieties of seed potatoes to the group.
Here is one of these varieties, Home Guard, that we put into a grow bag on Monday. We have used peat free multi purpose compost mixed with some chicken manure pellets, and put 20ltrs of this mix into the bottom of the bag then placed our three seed potatoes in it, chitted end up, and covered these with soil.
We will show pictures of how this grows over the next few weeks.
Please send us photos of how your growing is doing, and remember we are here to answer any questions you have about growing your own food.

It was planting day on Sunday March 24th with 25 varieties of seed potatoes put into our allotment. Big thanks to Scotty, Andy & Bob S for all the hard work digging, planting and earthing up. We will show you how they all get on over the next few weeks and months. Let’s get growing!

What a great day again at Seedy Sunday. Over 180kg of seed potatoes and some seeds given away to lots of new and experienced growers. Thanks to all the community groups who came along too.

Thanks to everyone who battled through the weather to see us at Hazlehead Park today. Let’s hope it improves for our trip to Seedy Sunday at Aden Country Park tomorrow, as we have loads of seed potatoes to give away!

Grampian Growers

We would like to say a huge thank you to Grampian Growers for supporting us by donating 3 x 25kg bags of seed potatoes to our project. We now have another three varieties on offer for you, second early varieties Gemson and Maris Peer, and a new maincrop one to us called Horizon.
Gemson is great for steaming, boiling and salads
Maris Peer boils, mashes and is good in salads
Horizon crisps well so should be a good roaster
Thanks Grampian Growers again, it really is much appreciated!

Thank you Huntly! 80kg of seed potatoes given out in just over 3 hours. Let’s hope we have a great growing season, and remember to post pictures of how your plants are getting on.
And big thanks to Deveron Projects for letting us share space with them on the day.


Potato variety update

Looking for information about the seed potatoes you got from us at a recent event?

We will have information about our potatoes uploaded by early next week, just check the  Growing Potatoes menu on the website. Under each variety we will post pictures of the stages of our growing process – remember to let us know how you are getting on. We are also here for any questions you may have about food growing through the Contact page.

And look out for some exciting news in the next few days!


More events

We are letting you know of all of our events arranged so far for distributing free seed potatoes and seeds:

Saturday March 2 – 09.00-13.00  Huntly Farmers Market

Saturday March 16 – 11.00-15.00 Green Family Fun Day @ Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen

Sunday March 17 – 11.00-15.30 Seedy Sunday @ Aden Country Park, Mintlaw

Tuesday March 19 13.00-14.00 Talk on Heritage Potatoes and Biodiversity @ Marischal College, Aberdeen (Please note this is free but a ticketed event, with a special bag of heritage potatoes for every attendee)

Wednesday March 20 18.30-20.00 How To Go Green @ Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen (A gardening Q&A but any remaining stock of free seeds will be available to collect on the night)

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