Shettleston Community Growing Project

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We're delighted to let you know that we've raised just over £900 through Localgiving.com's Grow Your Tenner campaign!

We'll use these vital extra funds to provide more training and support for budding gardeners of all ages next growing season.

Thank you from each and every one of us!

An exciting and wide-ranging Wildlife Garden Festival is taking place in Glasgow from 9 to 30 September and our fantastic Smelly Welly Club is hosting an event as part of the Festival on Thursday 18 September from 2-4pm.

Kids will get the chance to learn a whole host of gardening tips, as well as having a bit of fun too with a range of great outdoor activities.

The festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland initiative in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, which aims to reconnect people with Glasgow's urban green spaces.

Many people are not aware of the opportunities for getting close to nature in the city. And as in cities and towns throughout Britain, children spend much of their time indoors, rather than out at play and exploring nature.  

We hope you can join us in connecting children, families and community groups to create a city-wide wildlife garden, and celebrate nature within Glasgow.

 

A city-wide Wildlife Garden Festival that aims to help people in Glasgow to get closer to nature.

From the opening ceremony on September 9 that includes a mass bike ride, through storytelling, walks, a comedy night and canoe trips to a schools closing gala in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow's green spaces will come alive during September. The project involves involves 20 community gardens, 10 schools, and organisations from across the city.

The festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland initiative in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, which aims to re-connect people with Glasgow’s urban green spaces.

- See more at: http://www.projectdirt.com/project/13318/#!/events

A city-wide Wildlife Garden Festival that aims to help people in Glasgow to get closer to nature.

From the opening ceremony on September 9 that includes a mass bike ride, through storytelling, walks, a comedy night and canoe trips to a schools closing gala in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow's green spaces will come alive during September. The project involves involves 20 community gardens, 10 schools, and organisations from across the city.

The festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland initiative in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, which aims to re-connect people with Glasgow’s urban green spaces.

- See more at: http://www.projectdirt.com/project/13318/#!/events

A city-wide Wildlife Garden Festival that aims to help people in Glasgow to get closer to nature.

From the opening ceremony on September 9 that includes a mass bike ride, through storytelling, walks, a comedy night and canoe trips to a schools closing gala in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow's green spaces will come alive during September. The project involves involves 20 community gardens, 10 schools, and organisations from across the city.

The festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland initiative in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, which aims to re-connect people with Glasgow’s urban green spaces.

- See more at: http://www.projectdirt.com/project/13318/#!/events

Not long now till our Family Fun Day 2014. 

We're working with Shettleston Housing Association to ensure this year's event is an extra special one and we all look forward to seeing you there!

This year's Family Fun Day is supported by Glasgow City Council's Shettleston Area Partnership.

Despite the wet and windy weather, this year's Family Fun Day welcomed over 200 visitors, and was a huge success! We've created a new photo gallery so you can see how much everyone enjoyed the day.

The animals, free ice cream for kids, Mr Giggles, and all the other acts and activities were enjoyed by all.

Well done to everyone who helped organise and support this event!

Were you there? What did you enjoy most? Please tweet us (@shettlestongrow) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We regularly inspect plots and greenhouse spaces and offer advice and assistance to help plotholders and green volunteers get bigger and better crops. 

We've noted a few common problems and thought we'd share some helpful hints:

  1. Black spots on potatoes - see Which? factsheet on potato blight for expert advice
  2. Brassicas damaged by birds / caterpillars - the best solution is to net crops to prevent this (please help yourselves to blue netting)
  3. Tomatoes need pruning to increase airflow and direct nutrients into fruit rather than foliage
  4. Possible magnesium deficiency causing yellowing / marbled appearance in leaves can be treated using epsom salts (hoe in around base or spray leaves)

And given the current (mostly) dry spell, we've found these useful tips on how to water plants more effectively:

  1. To help funnel water directly to the roots of your crops, sink a flower pot or an upside down plastic bottle with the bottom cut off into the soil next to plants and water into it
  2. Either water in the morning or the evening, allowing plants to soak up moisture before the hottest part of the day
  3. Target the part of the plant that needs water - this means watering the area of the soil above the roots, avoiding ‘spraying’ the leaves as this wastes water and scorches the plants
  4. Watering plants less frequently, but more thoroughly helps them to develop deep root systems that are better equipped to seek out moisture in the soil