Other Growing Groups and Courses

The Seed Co-operative        

From their website at        https://www.seedcooperative.org.uk/

The Seed Co-operative has come into being as an initiative of the Biodynamic Association, supported by Garden Organic and the Organic Research Centre, working with Open Pollinated Seeds and experienced seedsman Hans Steenbergen.

Although initiated by the Biodynamic Association, for the Seed Co-operative to be a success a wide collaboration of people will need to be involved.  Farmers, growers, home gardeners, chefs, professionals and amateurs, everyone involved in building a resilient food system, will be able to benefit through access to seeds, advice and training from the Seed Co-operative.

The future of farming, by default, lies in the hands of younger generations.  After many years that have seen the average age of a UK farmer increasing towards retirement age, new blood is coming in to farming.  Many young people entering farming have not inherited their farms and are starting small, often in social enterprises or Community Supported Agriculture.  Although the economics need to be proven it is hoped that seed growing might provide another enterprise for small farms.

The Seed Co-operative were finalists in the Future Food category at the September 2017 BBC Food and Farming awards, and celebrate this achievement on their website and in their September newsletter .


Nairn & District Gardening Club 2017 Programme

All indoor meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month
from 7.30pm at Nairn Community & Arts Centre (unless otherwise stated).

Next meetings

Thursday, Sep 14th 7.30pm
Painting Scotland’s Landscapes and Nature: journeying by rail  
Leo du Feu (Nairn Book and Arts Festival Event)

Saturday, Sep 16th pm
Visit to the orchard at Pluscarden Abbey 

Thursday, October 5th  
The future is orange; or is it?
Stephen Jack: Local Grower of Organic Carrots 

Saturday, October 14th   10-12pm    
Autumn Coffee Morning and Garden Produce Sale 
Royal Legion Hall, Nairn 

Thursday, Nov 2nd 7.30pm       
How to prune your fruit trees
Chris Pepper: Brodie Castle
Thursday, Dec 7th  7.30pm        
AGM, Gardening Quiz, Christmas Table Centre Competition & Raffle

Thursday, Dec 14th                          

View and download the full programme.

GrowVeg.com Garden Planner

This arrived as an email, with the headings below.  See the full email with links and video here.

Is Your Garden as Productive as it Could Be?
A well-planned garden helps you avoid common issues that affect the health and productivity of your plants.

Plan For Success
Using the Garden Planner, you can easily identify the best growing position for each plant’s needs by moving them around until you get the perfect layout

Use Space Efficiently
See how many plants will fit into each area in your garden without overcrowding and discover which plants can occupy the same space at different times of the year.

Plant at the Right Time
Once you’ve decided where to grow everything you’ll receive reminders by email when it's time to start planting, specifically for your garden and your climate

Helpful Advice & Tips
You'll find detailed advice on the best ways to keep your plants healthy and productive, plus handy maintenance & troubleshooting tips to save you time and money.

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