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Make your own potato tower from old pallets

On Saturday 29th May, Nick (one of our Grow Ambassadors) was joined by six enthusiastic workshop-goers in constructing wooden ‘towers’ for growing potatoes in, using pallets. The idea is that, as potato plants need soil mounded around their stems as they grow, the wooden towers housing the potatoes are built up (and the soil within them) as the potatoes grow - they’re ideal where garden soil might not be the best for growing potatoes in, and potatoes are much easier to harvest by hand, so damage by garden forks (often used for harvesting potatoes grown in the ground) can be avoided. The harvesting process is also quite fun!

Here’s a little rundown of how the towers are made and the tools you’ll need, if you would like to make one yourself:

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The Grow garden - Spring Update

Grow G63 is a fantastic asset to our local community. Our vision is that it will become the heart of community food growing and sharing. With regular workshops, skill shares and other events, it will become a place where we can learn and gain experience, increase our awareness of the climate emergency in relation to how we grow food and use land, provide practical local solutions and actions, and improve mental and physical wellbeing.


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Meet Sarah Catnach - Grow Garden Ambassador

Hi, I’m Sarah, one of the two new Grow Ambassadors for Grow G63. I live in Balfron with my husband and daughter. I am really passionate about climate justice, food security and wellbeing and was delighted to find the Grow Garden and a bunch of like minded people promoting all of these things right here on my doorstep! 


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Foragers - a new local farm in the making

  • Jo & Gary McAlpine
  • Orchard planted 2015 and summer meadow.
  • Chilli seedings in heated propagator.
  • Young chilli plants in "nursery" polytunnel.
  • Mature chilli plants in big polytunnel.
  • Chilli fruits "on the vine"

Foragers have been one of our growers and producers on NeighbourFood from the start.   They are located between Drymen and Balfron so they certainly tick the local box.   The family farm is run by Jo and Gary McAlpine with help on hand from their 3 sons Colin, Gavin and John.  The McAlpines moved to the area in 2014 with ambitions to create a new farm from scratch on what was an old meadow used for occasional horse grazing. 


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Thirty Nine Types of Tea in Stock

Ever since the Village Hub Zero Waste shop opened in the Main Street of Drymen last year I have been shielding and unable to visit even essential shops. I have been desperate to go and see what it is like.

Now that I have had my first vaccination, I decided to don my face mask and venture out to buy a box of tea and have a look around the shop.

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