PICK YOUR OWN PLOT
The`Pick Your Own Plot `
is situated in the beautiful coastal crofting township of Inveralligin. It is about an acre in size and forms part of the Crofters Field which is an area of shared croft land forming a central community space in the township.
Vegetables, Herbs, Cut Flowers and Fruit (especially strawberries) are grown by Croft7 on the site.
A demonstration dye flower bed is planned for 2015 to tie in with the work of textile work of Sheila Bates,
to add interest for the many visitors to the area.
Visitors are welcome to visit and harvest their fruit and veg,
`weigh , pay and take away` or simply have a look around the plot.
The croft land around 1968
The plot today
Alligin Pick Your Own
We have begun to prepare the plot for the 2015 season. Planning new beds and planting up the perimeter fencing with fruiting trees and shrubs (Elders, Amelanchiers, Cherry Plum, Aronia, Japonica Quince, Japanese wineberry, Logan berry, Tayberry, Thornless Blackberry), and an area of soft fruit (Gooseberries, Redcurrants, Blackcurrants and Blueberries).
A new strawberry bed, also new strawberry varities Alpine, red and white.
Pineapple Strawbs (large white fruits with a pineapple flavour).
Raised Beds are planned for Herbs,
Cut Flowers (Sweet William, Dahlias )
A Scottish Dye Plant demonstration bed is also planned.
Wildflower areas to encourage bees and other beneficial insects.
ALLIGIN `Pick Your Own Plot` 2015 crop layout planning
Preparing The Plot
Initial ploughing for raised beds and new strawberry plot, Murdo with his trusty Fergie tractor
ploughing the east side of the plot then spreading the seaweed gathered earlier over the ploughed ground. Half of the ploughed ground covered with two metre wide phormisol to be oplanted through with new Strawberry runners..
Murdo Ploughing November 2014
In November 2014 we contributed to the Orchard Gathering meeting at Victoria Halls, Dunblane and then at a follow up meeting in February 2015 in Edinburgh