Dig or No-dig is the latest talking point among plot-holders, what do you do? Last year GAF had talks from Charles Dowding the No-dig guru, from Graham Bell on permaculture and forest gardening and a talk from Dalefoot composts who supply peat free bracken, sheep wool and comfrey composts. To follow this up on June 3rd there is a panel discussion on how we change the soil by our cultivation, composting and planting. We hope this will lead into a ‘summer of soil’ with visits and workshops on different allotment sites in Glasgow.
The panel discussion on June 3rd will be led by Dr Lorna Dawson from the Hutton Institute. She has generated a series of soil posters which fit with the Higher Geography curriculum and have learned a lot. I knew a bit about soil composition but now I’m realising how important it is, not only as a source of food for my produce, but as a living organism connecting with all the other plants and wildlife as well. The discussion on June 3rd with Lorna, Sandy Paterson from Glasgow City Council and Mark Hanlon from Glasgow Community Growers Forum will be stimulating and I hope the audience will ask lots of questions about fertilisers, pesticides and composts which affect our soil and our produce as well as the effect the soil has on biodiversity and carbon reduction.
In 2022 World Congress of Soil Scientists (WCSS) is coming to Glasgow. WCSS is held every 4 years in different countries and attended by over 3,000 soil scientists from around the globe. The theme for 2022 is ‘Soil Science – crossing boundaries, changing society’ focusing on the link between soil and society. Perhaps we could offer a tour round some allotment sites in Glasgow and hear about how other cultivators interact with their soils.? If you are interested in discussing this further please get in touch with us at GAF.