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23/10/16


  •  WILD ABOUT GARDENS WEEK -This takes place this week! See previous Diary entry for an event in the garden Sunday 30th. October1345-RHS-WAGWeek-logo-gradient2.png
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  • 17/10/16


  •  OCTOBER 2016 GARDEN NEWSLETTER

  • KKEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL REPORT
    Please click here to download the excellent report that we have all received from Keep Scotland Beautiful who visited the garden this summer. Congratulations to everyone in the garden who has helped to achieve this wonderful result. The certificate will be presented at the Keep Scotland Beautiful seminar later this month.
     
    SSE GRANT
    We are pleased that we have received a grant from the Windfarm for over £1,000 for the replacement of some of the deteriorated picnic benches with ones made of recycled plastic.
     
    NEW POLYTUNNEL BEDS
    There is now wood in the garden for replacing beds in polytunnel A mostly but some in tunnel B as well. Work should start on that shortly.
     
    FAIRLIE STATION
    The blue beds in the garden at the moment are for Fairlie Station and a grant was received for making them from Kelburn Windfarm. Hazel Courtney has made a beautiful pottery sign for the sign for the station showing that it has been adopted by the Organic Growers.
     
    PLANTS AVAILABLE FOR THE POLYTUNNELS AND OUTSIDE
    We now have plants available for putting in the polytunnels overwinter for early crops and also for growing outside. If you would like something please let us know or leave a donation in the propagating tunnel which is suggested at 50p for plants. There is a jar in the tunnel to put the money in if no one is available. Some need to grow on for a few weeks if they are growing outside to give them a good start.
     
    POLYTUNNEL CLEANING
    Please remove your old plants if you haven't done so already. The chillis can survive if temperatures don't go below ten but you should remove your basil soon as it is getting too cold at night now and it can be damaged easily. Remember that the sides of the tunnels are cleaned and it would be helpful not to leave obstructions behind the beds. Canes should be removed from the tunnels as advised by the RHS due to the fact that harmful bacteria and slugs can harbour in them over winter as well as in pots etc.. Weeds around the beds should also be removed for the same reason.
     
    PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING
    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 LARGS ACADEMY 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. Please come along if you can to the event and support Organic Growers of Fairlie and Largs Organic Gardens who are taking part in this event. The event is to give people in the local area a chance to vote for funding for projects they wish to support. Anyone living in the area Seamill to Skelmorlie including Cumbrae is eligible to vote if they aged 18 or over.
     
    LARGS STATION
      Largs Organic Gardens are starting a community garden at Largs Station and the website is www.largsorganicgardens.com We are asking for funding for Douglas Park for compost, plants and bulbs and special workshops and fruit trees for Organic Growers and outreach projects.. There will be free entertainment, refreshments and prize draw.
     
    SOIL TESTING
    An environmental sciences student from Stirling University visited the garden and took away over sixty soil samples from the site for testing for contaminants. As we have not had the soil tested since before we started growing in 2008 it will be interesting to get the results. It is the soil from the original ground site but not from the raised beds that is to be tested.
     
    CHOCOLATE TASTING !!!!!
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 7-9 p.m THE BOWLING CLUB FAIRLIE Fairlie Fairtrade is holding a chocolate tasting evening on Friday at Fairlie Bowling Club. Jean Wilson, chocolatier from The Lime Tree Larder in KIlbirnie will do a demonstration. There will be a chance to buy chocolate for Christmas and features Divine's Fairtrade Chocolate and Raise Trade Chocolate from Madagascar. Tickets are available at the garden or from Helen 01475 568280 or Gabrielle 01475 568112
     
    WILD ABOUT GARDENS
    SUNDAY, OCT. 30 At the garden We are planing a Wild About Gardens event on Sunday afternoon on Oct. 30. There will family fun activities on the theme of bats in keeping with the RHS theme this year. We are planning bat and nature related activities for adults and children to take part in. In the early evening we are planning on having a bat walk and hoping to have a bat detector to search for them.
     
    HALLOWE'EN PARTY
    We are also planning an early evening fun party. We will let you know more when the details are all finalised. If you have any extra beetroot could you please leave it in the basket in the barn as we are making a carrot and beetroot Hallowe'en soup. Thanks Anybody who would like to help with the event would be very welcome.
     
    WOODLAND
    COMMUNITY GARDEN
    We were pleased to have had Woodlands Garden visit us again this year.
     
    A big thank you again to everybody working in the garden and making it such a welcoming lovely place for members and all the groups who visit. A lot of visitors have commented on the friendliness and helpfulness of members they spoke to while visiting. Many had left with vegetables they had been given as well.


    19/5/16


  • MAY 2016 GARDEN NEWSLETTER (Update)

  • POLYTUNNEL GROWING DEMONSTRATION AND WALK
    Monday, May 23 from 4 to before 5. There will be a short demonstration followed by a walk around the polytunnels by Ian Taylor of the Largs Horticultural Society. This will be a chance to get advice about growing in the polytunnels and ask any gardening questions you may have from Ian who is a very knowledgeable and experienced in polytunnel growing. Ian is also a judge at the annual Largs Horticultural Society flower show and we hope members will take part in their August 175th anniversary show. If you can't manage but have any questions we can put them to Ian for you.
    GARDEN RISK ASSESSMENT
    A risk assessment has been carried out. This is found in the Health and Safety folder which is located in a labelled drawer in the tea room container There is a first aid box in the kitchen too. If you think anything needs to be reviewed please record it in the folder as well as any minor injuries and the date they occurred. Please cover the tops of canes with yoghurt pots or something similar to prevent eye injuries. When leaving a polytunnel always remember to check that nobody is still working inside before you close the door.
    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY, JUNE 26
    The annual general meeting will be held at the garden on the last Sunday of June in the afternoon (further information later)
    POLYTUNNEL BEDS
    Please let us know as soon as possible if you find you are unable to use your polytunnel bed this season. There is a waiting list as all the tunnel beds are allocated. If you are not using your polytunnel bed yet it should be planted as soon as possible. If you need assistance weeding or preparing your beds please let us know as we can help.
    REPLACEMENT BEDS
    Forty outside raised beds have been renewed so far. More are scheduled for replacement in the year. Polytunnel replacement beds will be later in the year.
    POLLINATION
    This is a survey which will be started in a designated area around the new pond. It will give members and visitors alike the opportunity to survey for pollinators in this area and the results will aid scientists in their research into status and health of pollinating insects across the UK. There is also a bee identification chart in the barn. If you can identify one please write it up on the blackboard with the date spotted. It will be co-ordinated by Matt.
    VEGETABLES FOR MEMBERS
    butternut squash courgettes cauliflower broccoli calabrese early sprouting broccoli (ready in the winter) chard spinach cabbage tomatoes-gardeners delight, tumbling tom, yellow, moneymaker,cherry, ailsa craig and others cucumber sweet pepper (ready to plant soon) kale suggested donation 50p per plant �1 for a large courgette
    SCOTTISH GARDENS AND ALLOTMENT SOCIETIES CONFERENCE
    Saturday, June 18 10 to 4 Victoria Halls Dunblane Highlights include reports from sites around Scotland, New Urban Butterfly project, school projects and learning for sustainability ( Matt Keyse and Denise Gilmour of Three Touns Growers) and potatoes full programme www.sags.org.uk The newsletter is on the noticeboard in the kitchen.
    GARDEN VISITS
    We had a very nice visit from pupils at St. Matthew's Academy who enjoyed themselves looking around the garden and tunnels with all the plants growing. They helpfully planted flowers at the gate and even put out some woodchip for us. It was part of their Skills Academy visits. We are also looking forward to St. Mary's nursery children visiting the garden on Friday and Monday. We will have a visit from Kilmaurs Horticultural Society one evening. The Cubs visited the garden on a very wet and cold night and were not able to have a bonfire or work outside but they enjoyed their vegetable identification competition in the polytunnels. Next month children from Fairlie Messy Church will have their picnic at the garden which they enjoyed last year./font>
    We are planning on having an open day at Douglas Park in Largs and a One Planet Picnic for all at the garden. There will be more information on these later..


    2/5/16


  • MAY 2016 GARDEN NEWSLETTER

  • New Beds and Polytunnel Beds
    The replacement of outside beds is still ongoing with good progress being made. Thirty-six small beds have been replaced so far with a few more polytunnel beds to be replaced this year. The old framework is removed and new beds built around the existing soil without disrupting any growth. Soil is being dug out all around the beds to help preserve the woodwork and stop weeds entering the beds. They are poly lined to reduce the rate of wood rot and keep the moisture level in the bed high as raised beds tend to dry out quickly in the summer.
    Largs Horticultural Society 175th Anniversary Show
    To celebrate the anniversary there will be a special show with monetary prizes for the different sections. The top prize will be �175 as well as special trophies. It is hoped that many of our gardeners would like to participate in the show. A special history of the show is being prepared in which Fairlie and Cumbrae are included as members from the past. If you wish to participate now is a good time to prepare for it in choice of planting.. The garden has been asked to have a display table again. The show is in August. Details of past schedules with information can be found on the Largs Horticultural Society website. The garden has been asked to have a stall.
    Spent Compost
    If you are removing any soil from your polytunnel beds or old compost in bags it is still worth using as it will have some feeding left in it still. It is best to add it to your outside bed. Invasive weeds should be put in the brown bins at the front along with rhubarb leaves and please avoid putting large clumps of earth in the compost. There are places in the garden where it can be used.
    Fairlie Marina
    Fairlie Marina are bringing some small dinghies through their garden gate to launch from the foreshore as their launching pontoon is needing repair and some are being stored in the boat area in the meantime.
    Each year the community garden enters an initiative called ITS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD sponsored by Keep Scotand Beautiful and the Royal Horticultural Society. We have achieved the category 'outstanding' for the past three years and hope to do so again this year. The assessor makes a detailed report on the garden wildlife and environmental improvements. It is important that we all maintain the asset of the garden by protecting the trees and shrubs planted about the garden.. It is necessary to consult the committee if you are thinking of cutting back anything.. Many of the trees have been donated by children on initail tree planting days,donated by the woodland trust who do visit regularly to check on progress.. We have volunteers from a local environmental group who regularly help maintain the garden and assist with any work needing to be done. If anyone wishes to help they would be welcome. Incidentally a rowan tree was recently cut down
    Polytunnel Scotland
    Polytunnel Scotland will be working in the garden this week doing repairs and maintenance on all three polytunnel irrigation systems and related work.
    Dogs
    Please note that dogs should be kept on leads in the garden especially at this time of year as there are nesting birds and wildlife that may be disturbed.
    Colin Wilson
    We were saddened that Colin Wilson one of our longest standing members had passed away. Colin loved gardening and the garden. He would often come in the evenings and sit at the shore to relax and enjoy the peace of the garden. He was most known for creatively turning a drainage ditch into a small pond which he lined with stones and supplied with tadpoles. He donated a microscope to the garden for looking at pond creatures such as freshwater shrimp which he found in the pond last year. It is the inspiration for the larger pond we are putting in. It is planned that once established it will have educational use which Colin, being a teacher, would have approved of. He was also known widely for his impressive grapevine in polytunnel B which had at one time the most beautiful perfect grapes admired by everyone. It turned out he had put some plastic grapes on the vine which had everyone fooled for awhile. He was very helpful to the garden over a long period of time, often offering to help with the many things needing to be done routinely and will be missed by those of us who knew him for his quietly kind and helpful nature.
    Garden Visits
    In the next few weeks we will have Kilmaurs Horticultural Society visiting the garden. children from St. Matthews Academy and a gardening group from Ibrox in Glasgow. The Largs Cubs/Beavers will be coming as well and having a bonfire next Wednesday if anyone wants to see it or having a picnic then. If you would like to help show these visitors around the garden or help with the cubs please let us know.
    Magazines and seeds
    A member has kindly donated many recent gardening magazines and seeds for members to take. They are found in the barn and there are always gardening books for anyone to borrow. Any excess plants or seeds that you wish to donate should be left in the barn with a note. There are also potatoes now.
    Benches
    We have two new benches made of recycled plastic which should last 25 years at the front of the garden for which we received funding from SSE Windfarm. They seem to be very popular already.
    New Zealand Flatworm
    More of this invasive type of worm which destroys earthworms is being found in the garden. It harbours underneath pots and containers as well as plastic left on the ground. Some have been found in the rotting woodwork of the beds being replaced at the front. Please lift containers off the ground. We make regular checks for this creature and it can be destroyed with a very dilute vinegar solution which does not harm beneficial earthworms. Let us know if you would like to learn to identify it and it is easy to identify once seen.
    Helping at the garden
    We have a Wednesday morning, Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon set aside for working with garden and outside volunteers. If you have spare time available to assist you would be welcome to join us.
    Wildlife
    There are still robins in the tunnels and one has been in polytunnel B for the last few winters. Some wrens, blackbirds, thrushes and blue tits are nesting in the garden and goldfinches have been seen feeding from the teasel seeds in front of the barn. Matt had been monitored the hedgehog situation with a wildlife camera.
    Woodchip
    Woodchip which is available can be put around the beds and common areas. It will be stored elsewhere than the front of the garden to allow access through the marina gate. Litter Pick Please remember that litter pickers and green bags are available for those who wish to tidy the garden. There will be a pick up from the bins in the car park until the end of the month. A lot of rubbish has already been removed from Fairlie beach, the garden and the boat area by volunteers. A volunteer outwith the garden had also cleaned the beach at the garden.
    Vegetables
    Vegetables are being grown for any members who need them for a small garden donation. At the moment cabbage and broccoli calabrese are ready to plant (outside). Cauliflower, spinach, chard, courgette, cucumber, kale and tomatoes will be available shortly.
    Dawn Homes
    Dawn Homes who are building the new houses in Fairlie have offered to bring us topsoil which will be delivered soon and they will also bring stones to put around the new pond in progress which has a temporary fence around it. Water plants for it are being stored in the small pond in the meantime.
    Gaelic/English signage
    North Ayrshire council has offered to fund and supply us with Gaelic/English signage for the garden, picnic areas and some website translation to promote Gaelic.
    Tools
    Please remember to keep the tools in good condition and try to give them a general clean on return.
    Douglas Park Largs Allotments had a public talk to promote gardening in Largs featuring Douglas Park and there were excellent presentations. We were pleased to show the secretary of Scottish Gardens and Allotments Society (SAGS) around the garden recently. They will be having a stand at Gardening Scotland in June and are looking for volunteers.
    Fairlie Station
    The station has a great floral and herbal display and is worth a visit. The volunteers have arranged for benches to be installed along the platform and are looking towards putting in more raised beds through additional funding.


    22/3/15


  • LARGS ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MEETING

  • LARGS ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION WITH ORGANIC GROWERS OF FAIRLIE
    GARDENING AND GROWING POTENTIAL OF DOUGLAS PARK LARGS
    CAMERON CENTRE, LADE ST. LARGS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 7:30 P.M.
    As many of you will be aware we at the Organic Growers have been assisting Largs Allotment Association with their efforts to establish a growing site in Largs. This public meeting with the Largs group is to discuss the proposed and future potential uses of areas of Douglas Park for gardening and community growing.
    Neil Robertson who maintains our website and Facebook page will do a presentation on the Organic Growers community garden throughout its development.
    Anne-Marie Hunter, Community Development Officer from NAC will attend and be able to assist with any questions.
    The Cameron Centre will provide tea, coffee and biscuits at 70p for visitors. All are welcome to attend. No charge


    6/11/15


  • HEDGEHOG HOUSE BUILDING

  • Some photographs of the house builders during our Wild about Gardens event.
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    22/10/15

  • WE ARE OUTSTANDING AGAIN!

  • We have been rated as 'Outstanding' again in 2015 in the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' scheme run by Keep Scotland Beautiful. See report here.


    1/7/15


  • AUGUST 2015 GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Ayrshire Gardens Open Day
    Saturday, Sept. 5th. 11am to 4pm
    We are taking part in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink and visitors are welcome. There will be garden tours and demonstrations, a produce and plant stall, Fairtrade refreshments and gardening goods, a childrens craft and quiz. There will be pottery for sale and from 2 to 4 music will be provided by Young@Heart Fairlie's own acoustic guitar duo. There is a picnic area, indoor seated area and a peripheral woodland walk.


    1/7/15


  • JULY 2015 GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Thank you to everyone who managed to come to the AGM last Saturday. Ken and Ann's music was enjoyed by many members and non members alike.
    Ken and Ann will be coming back again to play on Saturday, September 5 when the garden will be open as part of Ayrshire Doors Open Day. The donations from the tea and and music amounted to �131 which has been given to Ayrshire Hospice and Gillian's Saltire Appeal. Thank you to all who donated.
    The following have been elected on to the committee for the coming year. Malcolm Macqueen {chair} Barney Cowin {vice chair} Jane Fraser {treasurer} Nancy Macqueen {secretary} Our committee includes two additions Matt Keyse has been involved in Cumbrae Cummunity Garden and works from the Field Studies Centre in Millport He does outdoor activities with children and citizen science surveys. Jacqueline Bond is studying horticulture, has helped with garden events and propagation of plants for the garden. Jessie Closs, Marie Fairley, Ian MacPherson, Louise Donaldson are all continuing on the committee.
    We have ordered vegetables for winter planting from Hazeldene Nurseries. You will be able to obtain plants in a few weeks to put into your outside beds and polytunnel beds for growing winter crops.
    Please remember that rhubarb leaves and weeds should only be put in the brown bins at the front not on the compost heap. Vegetable waste should go on the compost heap rather than in the bins.
    First early and second early potatoes should be ready for lifting now and it is best to remove them as soon as possible. There is unfortunately potato blight appearing in the garden and watch for discoloured and yellowing leaves with spotting.
    There are schedules and applications in the barn for the annual Largs Flower show which is held on August 22. There are categories for vegetables as well as crafts and home baking.
    We were very sad to hear of the death of longer standing member Jean Kirkwood. Jean always enjoyed the time she spent at the garden during her illness and will be remembered for her cheerfulness and helpful nature. Her raised bed was a pleasure to behold full of flowers.


    1/6/15


  • JUNE 2015 GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS

  • WEST COAST GROWING NETWORK
    The newly formed network involving growing groups includes besides us: West Kilbride Allotments Assoc., The Eglinton Growers, The Three Touns Growers, Garnock Valley Allotment Association, Stewarton Allotments, Hazeldene Horticulture and North Ayrshire Foodbank with assistance and advice from NAC community development.
    The network is a constructive group that aims to work together for the benefit of all the members.
    HAZELDENE HORTICULTURE VISIT
    As part of this gowing initiative Hazeldene ,see poster, there is an opportunity for network members to visit their growing facility There will be demonstrations during the day. See poster for details and please let us know if you would like to visit.
    GARNOCK VALLEY ALLOTMENTS OPEN DAY Sersely Dr. Kilbirnie 12-5 You are welcome to attend the allotment day and find out what other local growers are doing. It is only a short distance away and a visit would be very informative and enjoyable Don't forget to bring the sunshine.
    SCOTTISH ALLOTMENTS AND GARDEN SOCIETIES CONFERENCE
    This will be held in Dunblane this Saturday. Information supplied on request if you are interested in attending,
    POLYTUNNELS
    1. For best growing and health of plants please handwater as much as possible. A mulch on your bed would help retain water The overhead watering system is available if required on very hot days.
    2. Try to maintain clear access spaces.
    3. PLEASE CAP THE TOPS OF CANES TO AVOID EYE INJURIES -A yoghurt pot or something similar will do
    4. If possible refill the water barrels in the polytunnels when they need topping up.
    5. Deposit diseased or waste organic material in the brown bins at the garden front.
    6. Avoid anything touching the tunnel sides to prevent damage.
    TOMATO TIPS
    1. Water thoroughly to 15-20cm deep with a hose or watering can
    2. In hot conditions about 1.5 litres of water for a plant
    4. Best watering is done in the morning or early afternoon if possible.
    5. Members are glad to help anyone on holiday or needing assistance with watering.
    6. Remove side shoots for more tomatoes except on bush varieties. Don't forgot you are responsible for your own plants.
    7. Strong supports are needed for tomatoes. Tomatoes and other flowering plants should be fed with the comfrey and nettle mix or other organic feed when flowering especially.
    COMPOST
    North Ayrshire Council has provided us with free compost from the garden green waste collection which is found at the front of the garden.
    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    The garden AGM will be on the afternoon of Saturday, July 11 at the garden. This will be followed by a social with music by Young@Heart, Fairlie's very own acoustic guitar duo who will play a variety of music 60's, 70's, modern etc. This will be open to the community and advertised.
    HEALTH AND SAFETY AUDIT
    An audit has been carried out which is found in a folder in the barn. Any possible hazards should be recorded in the folder for review. WOODCHIP Woodchip deliveries should be resuming soon.
    ITS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY/KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL
    We have for the third year signed up for their non competitive award which encourages gardening/greening areas, sustainability and community involvement. An assesor will visit the garden sometime in the summer to have a look around, This is not a competition but an award for all involved in gardening and keeping the garden for the community to enjoy as well. There can be suggestions and helpful advice given.
    GARDEN VISITS Fairlie Art Club visited for a session this week and we are hoping it will be good weather for the children and helpers at the Messy Church to come for a picnic on Saturday. Largs Cubs and Beavers The boys and girls have taken two small beds and a polytunnel bed. They have a lot of different vegetables growing and have helpfully put compost in a bed for us and filled all the water barrels in a tunnel by hand too. They enjoy coming to the garden and we enjoy having them.
    WILDLIFE AT THE GARDEN
    Blue tits were nesting in the birdbox on the barn. A blackbird had a nest in the Cardoon by polytunnel B and a wren was nesting in a small tree behind the tunnel.Two hedgehogs from Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue were released into the garden a few months ago and are still about. Another hedgehog was sent to Hessihead for needed care in the winter.


    2/9/14


  • GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS

  • AUTUMN WORKSHOP
    ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
    SUNDAY, SEPT 7th. September �������� 2-4 p.m.�����������������

    by Angela Smith

    1. Introductions
    2. Improving your soil
    3. Site tour
    4. Growing crops inside and out all year round
    5. Seed collecting, drying and sowing seeds

    Everyone is welcome to attend and it would be helpful� to know beforehand if you are coming if possible.

    FOUND
    A small silver locket was found at the gate with the words Lucy 3 engraved on it.

    WANTED
    A former member wishes to buy a dingy if anyone has one for sale. Call Bill Cameron 01475 529958

    COMPOST HEAPS
    The compost heaps are very full.� We can no longer accept bulk deliveries of compost material from outwith the garden.

    DRAGONS IN THE GARDEN
    A Workshop by FROGLIFE the charity (at the garden)

    Tuesday, September 16
    ������������ 12-3 p.m

    The workshop is based on the creation and maintenance of a wildlife pond and garden, the selection of suitable plants and how to build hibernacula� (hibernation sites) and insect hotels

    Sandwiches/tea/coffee provided

    There is no charge but please let us know if you would like to attend.

    (workshop/talks will be in the propagating tunnel and around the garden)





    19/8/14


  • 'OUTSTANDING' REPORT BY KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL

  • Full report available to download here .




    13/7/14


  • OPEN DAY 2014 DETAILS

  • Fairlie Community Garden will celebrate the COMMONWEALTH, on Saturday 19th July, from 2 � 6pm. Come along and enjoy afternoon Tea and Cakes, live jazz music, the Fairtrade stall with special tastings of wine and products from Commonwealth countries, bouncy castle, activities and tastings of fruit and vegetables from Commonwealth countries for the kids, our Crepe stall, locally-made ice-cream, garden tours, plant and produce stall, raffle, and plenty more to see and do.
    Hosted by the Organic Growers of Fairlie and Fairlie Fairtrade Initiative, at the Community Garden, Pier Road, Fairlie.



    15/6/14


  • OPEN DAY AND YELLOW PAGES

  • Our Open Day this year will be held on July 19th. with a Commonwealth Games theme. More details to follow.
    We also get a mention this year in Yellow Pages. See page 10 of the Smart Ways section (at the very beginning) of the Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine edition.




    15/6/14


  • JUNE 2014 GARDEN NEWSLETTER

  • Available to download here.




    10/4/14


  • APRIL 2014 GARDEN NEWSLETTER

  • Available to download here.


    21/1/14


  • SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER VISIT�Wheelhouse_01.jpg

  • Paul Wheelhouse, the Minister for the Environment and Kenneth Gibson, our MSP, had a brief visit to the garden accompanied by Steve Graham from Fairlie Community Council. It was a very wet day and they sheltered in the new polytunnel discussing growing, the problems with deteriorating beds, funding from the Climate Challenge Fund and many other things to do with Fairlie and the garden.
    In the summer Kenneth Gibson may bring the Minister for Rural Affairs for a visit. They seemed to have enjoyed the visit despite the weather.


    19/10/13


  • GARDEN REPORT OCTOBER 2013

  • SUCCESS Many people grew great onions with many of exceptional size. Cucumbers were prolific with some still even now on the vine. Courgettes, potatoes and tomatoes did well too. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their harvest and gardening.

    PROBLEMS Some people suffered potato blight. Early on it first appeared in potatoes grown in bags. Please remember to take out any left over potatoes in your beds. They may have potato blight and should not be used next year. Also remember not to plant your potatoes in the same place next year.

    THE EXOTIC AND UNUSUAL There was great experimentation this year with Oca (still to come), sweet potatoes, zagetti (a spaghetti like squash), grapes, figs (a great crop), pineapple, kiwi fruit,, cape gooseberries, passion fruit with a beautiful flower and many varieties of chilis, aubergines and maybe even more.

    INNOVATION There were impressive and even artistic structures put up to support tomatoes etc. which were replicated. Good support for tomatoes and cucumbers is essential.

    SHARING SPACE The space between polytunnel beds is a shared one.. Help keep it free by avoiding excessively overhanging plants. Watch out for hanging baskets which are too low as well. This will let everyone have easy access to their beds.

    WINTER HYGIENE Slugs will hide under any pots or plants left to overwinter on the floors. Pots, seed trays and wooden canes left to overwinter in the tunnels can harbour a host of unwelcome things They could be stored on a shelf above bed if practicable. Remove unnecessary items.

    REPLENISH and RENEW For best results the beds in the older back and front polytunnels with fresh compost and organic material (horse manure, seaweed, chicken manure etc.) Horse manure is at the front of the garden.

    TOMATOES A lot of tomatoes were left unpicked and fell off. The tomatoes need to be picked at the right time and require a lot of maintenance and good support. Perhaps some people might want to share a tomato plant or two or even try planting other things that they would like to eat which need less managing.

    CHILI PLANTS Come down and get your chilis. They are ready now (mice also like them).

    WATERING The beds are watered every few days by hand now and as it is colder less water is required.

    WOODLAND TRUST The woodland trust donated native trees and hedgerow fruit trees which were planted by children and members. They have asked to come and see the trees and do a report on them. The two wild rose bushes at the front gate were donated by the trust to us.

    It is good to see people have planted in their outside and inside beds for winter. There are a lot of good things growing for your winter vegetables.

    There was a frog in the front polytunnel. A robin has taken up residence in the back one and a baby hedgehog was found sleeping in the new polytunnel this summer.

    Nancy McQueen Head Gardener



    30/9/13


  • OUR LATEST VISITOR AND ANOTHER GARDENING GROUP

  • Our latest visitor 30/9/13 was the Provost of North Ayrshire Council - Councillor Joan Sturgeon. She was shown round the garden on a blustery (but thankfully dry!) day and was surprised by the size and number of beds and in the garden and our produce in our three polytunnels. See photograph on North Ayrshire Council Twitter feed here .

    Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners (RAGG) is a new community group just starting-up. For further details see here.



    16/9/13


  • GARDEN VISITORS

  • James McMahon (Greenspace Development Officer for Glasgow City Council) and members of the 3Hills Community Garden Group from Priesthill in the South West of Glasgow. (Name comes from local areas: Priesthill, Nitshill and Househillwood) came to visit the Fairlie Garden. Their garden lies within the grounds of Cleeves Primary School on Househillmuir Road..
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    29/7/13


  • KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL - ITS YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD - WE'RE OUTSTANDING!

  • Further to the entry below regarding our assessment for the Keep Scotland Beautiful - It's Your Neighbourhood campaign - we have now received our assessment and have been rated as OUTSTANDING! The detailed report can be downloaded here. Well done to all those who have worked hard creating the garden since we started.


    23/7/13


  • IT'S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

  • It�s Your Neighbourhood is a community environmental improvement campaign run by the Keep Scotland beautiful charity. For more information see their page here. The garden was visited by Robin Miller (an assessor for the campaign) on 20th July for possible inclusion. More news on the results of the assessment to follow... Robin kindly sent these photos that he took during his visit.
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    23/7/13


  • POLY-TUNNEL PLANT MAINTENANCE THE RHS WAY

  • Angela Smith RHS Development Officer for Scotland returned to the garden on 30th June to give one of her popular talks and intructions on how to maintain our plants in our poly-tunnels. Since the picture was taken growth in the tunnels has been tremendous and the gardeners have been busy keeping on top of thinning out the growth.


    3/6/13


  • WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 5th JUNE 2013

  • Representatives from the Fairlie Garden were present at the celebrations of World Environment Day held at Hunterston Power Station. They demonstrated how we grow our own food and minimised our impact on the environment.
    The theme for World Environment Day in 2013 is "Think.Eat.Save. The aim is to encourage you to reduce your foodprint by becoming more aware of the environmental impact of food waste and loss across the food supply chain."
    See the World Environment Day website here for more information and the printable information booklet here.


    3/5/13


  • RHS TALK

  • On Sunday 14th April our barn was filled with with gardeners attending a RHSTalk1very interesting and informative talk given by Angela Smith RHS Development Officer for Scotland on sowing seeds and handling seedlings. Quite a few of those attending discovered various things they had been doing wronglyRHSTalk2 and are now looking forward to improved results. Due to the inclement weather Angela was unable to demonstrate at an outside bed however she is due to come back to the garden on Sunday 5th May for the outdoor part of her talk.�


    7/4/13


  • NEW POLY-TUNNEL ALMOST COMPLETEchinese_5

  • Our third big poly-tunnel is almost complete! Over two weekends Ken and his assistant + teams of labourers from the garden have erected our new tunnel. The first weekend was spent digging foundation holes, pouring concrete and erecting the steelwork. Guess who found a station platform! This required a good bit of drilling...The second weekend after our snow had melted was spent skinning the tunnel and fitting doors.
    See the Polytunnel 2013 page for a sequence of photos showing the tunnel build.


    15/3/13


  • RECOMMENDED PUBLICATION

  • The publication �Landowner�s Guide to Community Growing Spaces� is now available for download from the Community Land Advisory Service Scotland web-site and is a recommended publication for anyone wanting to obtain (or wanting to make available) land to start a community garden. Representatives from the Fairlie garden were present at its introduction at the Scottish Parliament.


    6/3/13


  • FAIRLIE GARDENERS OFF TO PARLIAMENT AGAIN

  • The Fairlie Community Gardeners have been invited to be represented at a Scottish Parliamentary reception in Edinburgh to hear Mr. Paul Whitehouse MSP Minister for the Environment and Climate Change welcome the publication �Landowner�s Guide to Community Growing Spaces�. This publication will provide technical advice to private and public landowners on how to make land available for community garden sites. This guide will shortly be available on the CLAS (Community Land Advisory Service) http://sc.communitylandadvice.org.uk and SLAS (Scottish Land & Estates) http://www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk websites.
    Although not included in the above publication it is planned that the Fairlie Community Garden will be included in a case study on the above web-sites demonstrating what can (and has been) achieved as it is probably the only community garden in Scotland which has been created on polluted land. Visitors wanting to see what can be done are welcome to arrange a visit to see the garden. See the Contact Us and How to Find Us pages on this site.


    20/2/13


  • RECOMMENDED SEED SUPPLIER

  • See this link for a seed supplier recommended by one of our members. Smaller packets with fewer seeds to avoid having all those seeds left at the end of the growing season...


    5/10/12


  • TWO GARDEN VISITS

  • We had two return visits from Mayfield Primary School last week. The first was from the head-teacher and 7 members of staff followed the next day by some Primary Six children, a special needs teacher and the janitor. As the children were doing a project on herbs they were shown and tasted! many of the herbs in the barrels. They were very enthusiastic and of course were interested in lots of the things growing in the polytunnels as well. They were shown our pumpkins with the warts and they liked them as well as the worms. Pebbles (the garden dog) was a favourite with them and followed them everywhere ESPECIALLY when they sat down to eat their crisps.
    �The garden had a visit from the Fairlie Cub Scout troop last Wednesday.� There were three leaders and 22 children -20 boys and 2 girl cubs. They had a tour of the garden and then divided into teams. Two teams got barrels, rakes and shovels and spread woodchip at the front of the garden for us and the other group got logs for a small bonfire.� They toasted marshmallows and sang songs. Some of them found a big beetle in the barn and Nancy put in a jar for them to look at through a magnifying glass. They all enjoyed it and really look forward to gardening and will share the time and space with the Beavers.� They were very well organized and well behaved as well thanks to Andy and the other leaders. They plan to make another visit and will probably include it in their work for an Environmental badge.


    27/8/12


  • JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT FOOD!!!chinese_5

  • The Fairlie Gardeners held a Chinese Banquet social evening in the barn on Saturday 25th consisting of a UK all-comers attempt on the highest number of Chinese carry-out meals consumed in a community garden. The local outlet supplied us with 60 meals which was supplemented with pizzas and pakoras. In spite of the torrential rain we were at least dry although some of us had to be accomodated in a temporary lean-to made from poly-tunnel parts. See this page for more pictures. After the banquet we were entertained with live music from some of our members which apparently was followed by dancing. A big thanks to our committee for organising the enjoyable evening!


    26/8/12


  • ANYONE FOR COLESLAW?cabbage_1

  • Our local librarian (Frances to everybody...) was looking for some salad ingredients for a barbecue and found this in her raised-bed. Last time she looked before going on holiday it was tiny. Must be some good gardening books in that Fairlie library!


    17/8/12


  • FUNDING NEWSDSC_4851.jpg

  • Some good news - the Fairlie Community Garden has been awarded �3,000 from RES (Kelburn Windfarm). The funding is for a third polytunnel to be erected on the spare ground at the rear of the site (south end of the garden). The pictures shows the large cheque being presented at the windfarm in the hills behind Fairlie. The picture is used by permission of Ann Conway Photography (see here for her portfolio).


    17/6/12


  • LATEST PICTURES OF THE GARDEN/POLYTUNNELjune_2012_1.jpg

  • These pictures show the current state of growth in the garden/poly-tunnels. With the slightest bit of sunshine the tunnels warm up very quickly. Seeds sown there have germinated and are growing within a week. june_2012_2.jpgOne of the pictures shows our new entrance display immediately inside our gate while the other shows the growth in the outside beds.june_2012_3.jpg

    17/5/12


  • RACE FOR LIFE ENTRYraceforlife.jpg

  • It was a cold grey day last Sunday when our team joined the over 1400 throng to take part in the 5k walk at Eglinton park all for the race for Life cancer charity. The team have so far raised over �250 however there is still time to raise more to be included in this event for this very worthwhile charity. Please contact any of the team you know or Eric. Those in the photo are...Linda, Ann, Carole and Wendy, joined by non member, Cath Bryce.


    9/5/12


  • BOTHWELL COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN DAY

  • The Bothwell Community Garden Open Day will be held on the 26th. May. This garden was modelled on our own garden and judging by the poster and leaflet really looks like it's worth a visit. (Click on these links to download the poster and leaflet )


    14/4/12


  • TARLAND DEVELOPMENT GROUP VISIT AND POLYTUNNEL NEWStarland_1.jpg

  • Our 3 visitors from Tarland Development Group, Aberdeenshire spent 4 hours in the garden learning about our garden development and how the garden is run in preparation for the development of their garden on a site which was originally a farmer's field. They have definitely won the prize for the longest journey especially to see us.

    Our largest poly-tunnel was re-skinned to repair the damage suffered during the January gales on an ideal windless day yesterday - well done to the team who did it in 8 hours start to finish...



    14/4/12


  • ARDENTINNY COMMUNITY TRUST VISITardentinny_1.jpg
  • On Friday 13th April members of the Ardentinny Community Trust visited the garden and spent about 90 mins touring the garden before travelling on to Culzean and managed to pick a nice dry day. Have a look at their garden project at www.glenfinartgarden.org . They have purchased an old walled-garden and are just starting to clear the site.


    7/3/12


  • TALK FOR MEMBERSsowing_01.jpg
  • On Sunday 4th. March Mike Yabsley one of our members gave a talk on seed sowing and growing of tomato plants to over 30 of our members. He made sure we paid attention as he ran a quiz on seeds with a prize of Welsh? whisky. Our barn was slightly warmer for this talk than for his last one as we have now fitted windows and doors which at least keep out the draughts...

    Our new lean-to polytunnel is warming up nicely (at least when the sun shines!) and there are lots of seedlings growing well. It's also a very warm, pleasant place to socialise..



    4/3/12


  • MORE NATIONAL COVERAGE IN KITCHEN GARDEN MAGAZINE!
  • The garden is featured in a 4 page article with lots of pictures in the April issue of Kitchen Garden magazine.



    20/2/12


  • LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
  • The minutes for the latest committee meeting held on January 29th. 2012 are available for viewing/download here .



    14/2/12


  • DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
  • Sunday March 4th Mike Yabsley will be giving a talk on sowing seeds and growing tomatoes. The talk will start at 14:00 in the Garden Barn instead of the Millenium Room in the Fairlie Parish Church since we now have doors and it's much warmer! Can you please let me our secretary know if you plan to attend so that we can set out sufficient chairs.

    OGF Annual General Meeting Planned date is Sunday April 22nd in the afternoon. The meeting will be held in the barn at the garden - further details will be provided closer to the date.



    23/1/12


  • POLY-TUNNELSOur new lean-to tunnel
  • We have a new lean-to polytunnel on the rear of our barn. This was built by a team from the garden and includes a slabbed floor. The tunnel is on the south face of the barn and has mains-power so will be ideal for germinating seeds. We have installed the propagator which was donated by the Hunterston Rotary Club and we are well on our way to growing our own plug-plants.

    A bit of sticky tape.....

    Our largest polytunnel suffered some damage during the high winds this month. The picture shows the sticky-tape temporary solution until we decide what the long-term repair solution will be. The incredible force of the wind had pushed back the gable-end of the tunnel and bent the steel struts allowing the plastic skin to slacken and flap resulting in the tear. We also suffered some damage from flying objects from the garden but we got off pretty lightly.



    16/1/12


  • CAROL SINGINGCarol Singing
  • On the Monday before Christmas on a cold night our barn was filled with music ands carols at our (now annual) Carol Singing event. Mulled wine and mince pies along with tea and coffee were much appreciated.

    Barn shining out..



    The barn was visible from quite a distance shining out on the dark pre-Christmas night. All we needed were some shepherds and� wise men to come visiting!�












    29/11/11


  • MAGAZINE ARTICLE
  • The April issue of Kitchen Garden magazine (out at the� beginning of March) will contain an article on the garden. (see below for picture of visit).



    24/10/11


  • NEWS AND DATES FOR YOUR DIARY fireworks.gif
  • There will be a bonfire and fireworks display in the garden on Saturday 5th November starting at 6pm with fireworks at 6:30pm (weather permitting). There will be tea/coffee, mulled wine,�a bar etc.....� There will also be a stall selling all types of Christmas and everyday greeting cards, wrapping paper and some gifts.

    Hopefully you will be able to join us at the garden - please bring along family and friends - everybody is welcome.

    The barn now has some windows fitted to the previously open side facing the garden - a door will be fitted 'very soon now'.

    A lean-to poly-tunnel is being built on the south face of the barn. This will be available for germinating and growing seeds in the spring.

    The garden now has a Facebook page - search for Organic Growers of Fairlie.

    The beds in the garden and the poly-tunnels are gradually emptying as members prepare for winter however a few are keen to use what little heat there is in the polytunnels to grow even more vegetables and some have their beds in the garden filled with plants ready to make warming soups over the next few months.

    On the subject of weather this page has now got an appropriate theme and perhaps a couple of lines from The Cotter's Saturday Night sum up the current weather...

    November chill blaws loud wi angry sugh;
    The short'ning winter-day is near a close;



    29/8/11


  • TALKS FOR MEMBERSTalk on Polytunnel Planting
  • On Sunday 28th. August some 48 or so of our members and friends gathered in the barn for two talks by fellow gardeners who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm. Thinking it was still summer (August after all!) they were not quite prepared for the chilly weather however the tea urn and kettle were a great comfort. The chill however was an indication of our approaching cooler weather and shorter days nicely emphasising the subject of Mike Yabsley's talk which covered what we should be doing NOW! to make best use of the 'premium' space in our poly-tunnels to have crops to harvest in the autumn/winter. The picture shows the gathered gardeners and if you hover your mouse over it you will see the current contents of the poly-tunnel beds which will be emptying soon. Mike showed lots of potato bags/tubs already sown/growing which he will be placing on his polytunnel raised bed once it has been cleared to ensure he has crops over the coming months. Mike also demonstrated the various methods of taking cuttings. Some notes taken during Mike's talk are available for download here.

    The second talk was given by Nancy McQueen who told the gardeners about the advantages of applying plenty of organic material rather than 'manufactured' fertiliser. She also outlined the uses of nettles and comfrey to make excellent (if slightly smelly) liquid fertilisers and also use a mulches.



    28/8/11


  • KITCHEN GARDEN MAGAZINE - VISITKitchen_Garden Magazine Visit.jpg
  • On Saturday 27th August the garden was visited by a journalist from Kitchen Garden magazine who is proposing to write a four page article on the garden. She spent some 3 hours in the garden and talked to a few of our members and also took lots of photographs for possible use in the article. The article will probably appear in the Spring of next year. The word is still spreading!



    30/7/11


  • WILDLIFE UPDATES
  • See new pictures on Wildlife page.



    29/7/11


  • GARDEN OPEN DAYOpen Day 2011
  • The Garden Open Day this year was held on Saturday 16th. July. The weather the night before was rather wet and we put up a marquee in the rain and wind expecting it to be flat on the ground in the morning. Saturday dawned with torrential rain at 07:30am however the marquee was (mostly!) still up and the weather improved until during the day our visitors were sitting outside to have their teas/coffees and home baking. Hover you mouse over the picture to see the 'helpers' testing the home baking....

    Several volunteers ran tours of the garden for the visitors however many were just happy to wander about.Storytime



    We even had two stortyimes run by our local librarian for the visiting children in their own gazebo in the midst of the beds.�












    4/7/11


  • DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
  • The Garden Open Day this year will be held on Saturday 16th. July from 11:30am to 4:00pm. All welcome! Come and see our second BIG poly-tunnel and the huge variety of vegetables we can grow there.



    8/6/11


    The members held a barbecue on Sunday May 15th. Although the weather was a little cool and damp our barn kept us out of the wind and was setup with tables and chairs. Around 50 members attended and enjoyed the social gathering. A big thanks to Jade (seen here serving the burgers) for preparing the multiple kinds of burgers and the excellent salads.��



    5/5/11


  • DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
  • Two Social events have been planned. There will be a Member's Barbecue/Get Together on Sunday May 15th at 3pm - please advise Ann Robinson if you plan to attend. The Garden Open Day this year will be on Saturday 16th July.



    21/11/10


  • POLY-TUNNEL BUILDUnder Construction
  • The replacement Poly-Tunnel for our original small tunnel has now been built by Ken from Poly-Tunnels Scotland and an army of volunteers.� The plastic skin remarkably was put on the steel framework and secured by four people in only 2 hours during a windless window in the weather. (Move your mouse over the image to do it even quicker!) This new tunnel is 72ft. by 18ft. and will contain 30 raised beds. For more photographs showing the tunnel being built click here .�



    17/09/10


  • BARRHEAD AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
  • The Barrhead Horticultural Society have visited the Fairlie Garden a few times. Their winter programme and events can be found here and here and here.



    2/09/10


  • AN AUTUMN FEEL AND OUR LATEST VISITORS Eglinton.jpg
  • The garden has an autumn feel to it now with leaves starting to fall and blow about however our poly-tunnel is still warm. We� had another group of visitors tour the garden this week. They were the committee from the Eglinton Growers who managed to come on a wonderfully sunny evening and spent a long time with us - so long in fact that they were left in the dark! - the sun had long gone down by the time we all left due to the interest they showed.






    23/07/10

    • POTATO BLIGHT(URGENT!)
    • If you are growing potatoes, can you please check them for signs of blight - this is a very contagious disease and action should be taken immediately.

      Suggested actions and pictures of affected leaves, stems and tubers can be found here and here .

      The symptoms of blight are yellow leaves with brown spots, leaves with blackened bits on them, black withered leaves, plants that have fallen over. Blight starts at the leaves and travels down to the pototoes. The affected parts should be removed and placed over in the composting area - there will be a sign indicating where potato shaws should be left (this will be in place on Friday 23rd). The affected shaws will be either buried or burnt.

      Most new potatoes should be ready now and you may want to lift your potatoes. Those members growing potatoes in bags/pots/sacks - used compost should be placed behind the path at the back of the garden. Note - there is a folder in the barn that contains information on potato blight plus other gardening information.




    5/07/10

    • TALK ON HERBAL MEDICINE


    • On the afternoon of the 4th July Pamela Spence B.Sc. MNIMH (a Medical Herbalist and Health Writer) gave a fascinating 2 1/2hr talk on Herbal Medicine to gardeners and their friends in our small polytunnel. In spite of the noise from the wind and lashing rain (she did have to pause once!) she still managed to provide us with a fascinating insight into herbal medicine and we all left with a new insight into the subject.

      She touched on how herbal medicines are still important in developing countries as the supply of modern drugs/funds could be very unreliable� and� the local people still need to retain the knowledge/plants to treat themselves in their absence. She also covered herbal medicines use in developed countries including the fact that treating nettle stings with dock leaves is only practiced in the UK! Herbal medicines can have fewer side-effects and can still have their place alongside modern more powerful drugs.

      The highlight of the afternoon were the herbal preparations Pamela made for us on the day. We had Lemon Balm tea, the juice from Goose Grass (Sticky Willie to you and me) and also were able to sample an ointment made from Chickweed. All these were extremely simple to make as she demonstrated.

      The tastes (and effects)� were interesting and at times unexpected (see photo) but we were only able to obtain from her a 'small' sample of a tincture made from preserving a herb in a bottle of vodka.....






      Pamela is proposing to run a 4 x session weekly workshop in the garden on a Tuesday evening starting 10th August.� This is dependent on numbers - if anyone is� interested please contact us via the Contact Us page. For further information on Pamela and the treatment available from her and to contact here see her web-page at www.medical-herbalist.net

      Thanks to Pamela for an interesting and� enlightening afternoon.





    4/07/10


    • THEY START THEM YOUNG! - BOTHWELL COMMUNITY GARDEN OPENS
    • Almost two years ago a group from Bothwell came to see our garden and Neil explained to them its design and operational features. The Fairlie-style, Bothwell Community Garden is now open and is a very busy place attracting people of all ages, having fun and working to grow delicious food.



    26/06/10

    • GARDEN OPEN DAY JULY 2010�
    • Over 250 visitors came to visit the Fairlie Community Garden on Saturday
      26th on what has become our annual Open Day . The weather was luckily not
      too hot as the new large poly-tunnel gets very warm and is now producing a huge amount of produce. Experienced gardeners were also surprised by the amount of produce in the outdoor raised-beds.

      Garden tours and demonstrations of wormeries and hot-box composting
      were included and there was a welcome cup of tea/coffee and biscuits provided by
      the Fairlie Church Kirk Cafe and homebaking provided by members of the garden.


      The Fairlie Gala Committee provided a licensed bar for 'thirsty' visitors and the Youth Club provided a Tuck Shop for the children.� Michelle's Fast Foods (Fairlie) provided a selection of hot and cold snacks.

      For the children present there was a chance to reuse, reduce and recycle by
      making very creative and imaginative things out of junk.
      (This was run by Anne Gregory from the Eco committee at the church).

      A small group of children led by Nancy MacQueen went on a bug safari around the garden in search of worms, spiders, woodlice, aphids and a birds nest.�

      There was also a children's colouring competition for two age categories : 8 and over and under 8.�

      Ellen Gordon spent the day working magic with her face paints and a lot of children� had very colourful faces. Carmen Hall� brought her owl 'Magic' and tortoise which proved popular.

      For the adults present there was a chance to buy plants/cuttings/seeds as well as flowers from the Ayrshire Hospice stall. There was Fairtrade jewellery made by Touchstone West Kilbride, artwork by local artist Joan Davidson, produce/goods from Fairlie Fairtrade, second hand gardening books and Kate Dahlstrom from the Largs & District Bee Keepers gave tastings and information on Honey production.� Postcards and pictures of Old Fairlie were on display.�� Visitors had a chance to win a raffle prize, with all prizes being donated
      by members of the garden.



      Frances from the Fairlie library was on hand to provide information on the activities available for children during the school summer holidays and encourage new members to the library.



      The committee would like to thank all those who attended and also thank the members who� worked hard before and during the day to prepare the garden for the visitors.




    23/05/10


  • TRANSITION HELENSBURGH - VISIT TO GARDEN
  • Members of Transition Helensburgh visited the garden on a beautifully hot Sunday afternoon (note the headgear!). They even brought their working gloves with them and laid some bark on our paths for us. We like those kind of visitors! - they have been invited back...




    13/05/10

    • BARRHEAD & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - VISIT TO GARDEN
    • On a fine Wednesday evening (for once during a visit!) 19 members of Barrhead & District Horticultural Society visited the garden. They were shown our raised-bed designs and also our old and new poly-tunnels. Hot-box composting and wormeries were covered in the tour and they left with new ideas for their gardens. We would like to thank them for their generous donation to our funds.




    29/04/10

    • VISITORS FROM NAC LEARNING DISABILITY SERVICES
    • Marianne Kilgour and Karen Good from North Ayrshire Council Learning Disability Services are shown with Ann Robinson - our secretary (centre of picture). They visited the garden to see our raised-beds and were investigating how to install some raised-beds at their centres for use by their clients.


    • VISITORS FROM COMMUNITY WOODLAND ASSOCIATION TRAINING DAY�
    • The morning session was held in luxurious Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise, Ardrossan, but the greatest interest was in the visit to our Garden.�� The Training Day was oversubscribed with 23 attendees and already there is a waiting list for the next one.�� CWA showed their appreciation by presenting us with �100 of tree / shrub saplings.




    31/03/10

    • GARDEN VISITORS
    • Chris and Maarten from 'Moffat Can' came to visit the garden to see our raised-beds for possible replication in Moffat. They were shown around by Ron, Neil and Nancy. (Ron took the picture so does not appear...). Like ourselves, the Moffat community face the challenge of building a GYO garden on contaminated land.�� They found it useful to see how our raised bed mini allotment system works - with the sand barrier under each bed, this is essentially large scale container gardening. An extensive study of the new polytunnels was deemed necesssary during one of the torrential showers however there were sufficient lulls to allow them to see the raised-beds. They then went on to visit the Bothwell Gardeners.




    11/02/10

    • GARDEN DEVELOPMENT
    • Work at the garden is progressing well - the new polytunnel (85' x 26') has been erected and the front and back doors will be installed week commencing 8th February. The floor has been prepared with soil, membrane and stone chips and 61 small raised beds (6' x 2') have been erected. The beds have been filled with soil and compost and are ready for members to start using. The beds have been numbered and allocated and the details will be emailed to members and posted in the barn.

      The Supplier has erected 46 mini raised beds (8' x 4') with a further 14 beds still to be installed. A good proportion of the new beds have been filled in the approved manner, with a soil compost top layer. The beds have been allocated and details will be emailed to members and posted in the barn.

      Approval has been received to proceed with the refurbishment of the existing polytunnel to the level of the new polytunnel and to install some wormeries.

      The development at the garden could not have proceeded without funding from the Climate Challenge Fund and LEADER Ayrshire. Furthermore, progress to date has only been possible with the help from members.


    • A GLITTERING (FOR A LITTLE WHILE!) PRIZE
    • The Organic Growers of Fairlie recently received a delivery of �350 worth of hand-tools courtesy of Garden Answers magazine. The magazine is currently running a competition for articles on community gardens and the garden was lucky enough to have an article published in the March 2010 issue. (available from February 9th) The picture shows the delighted gardeners unpacking the tools ready to start filling the new raised-beds. (the tools were not quite so shiny at the end of the day and will be well used!)




    5/01/10

    • PHASE 3 CONTINUES
    • The Phase 3 build continues with our second poly-tunnel almost complete and filled with raised-beds. See the Second Poly-tunnel build page for step by step photographs. New raised-beds outside the tunnel are also being filled with soil.


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