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Beechgrove Potting Shed - an allotment on a budget

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Denise Glass | 12:00 UK time, Tuesday, 13 April 2010

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about the new Beechgrove Potting Shed allotment. Well, planting the allotment has now begun!

Our window sill is currently home to pots, trays and blocks in which we have a variety of seeds, including courgette and salad. And on the Beechgrove Potting Shed this week, gardener Jim McColl helped us plant our potatoes:

We're determined to build this allotment on a tight budget - so you'll see from the video that we're planting our potatoes in old tyres. Helen (Needham - the Beechgrove Potting Shed's senior producer) managed to get the tyres for free from her mum's farm. The compost was homemade by BPS panellist Ian Young - who went beyond the call of duty to ensure we had the compost at the allotment site in time for the broadcast. The seed potatoes came from BPS presenter Mark Stephen.

We've also managed to get pots for our other veg at a cut price - reduced from £6.99 to £1!

And as for our veg seeds - they've come from the BBC's Dig In team, who're giving away free seeds to encourage people to grow their own vegetables.

So, I feel we're off to a good start and we've had some more positive comments from our listeners. Linda McCall, the Head Teacher at Yetholm Primary, told us that her school had just joined the local allotment association because it's a super chance for practical learning. She said they'd be listening to the Beechgrove Potting Shed for help and advice.

I'm sure it's not all going to be plain sailing for our allotment - we've got pests, diseases and the Aberdeen weather to contend with, but that's just the reality of gardening. The whole team is just really looking forward to learning more and hopefully getting some tasty veg in the coming months!



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