Glasgow Potato Day


With a population of over 500,000 it seemed strange that Glasgow had not had a Potato Day before. Our first venture into this previously untapped interest was in 2012, which proved to be a great success.

This year, SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2017, Potato Day will be held at the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Whitevale Street, Dennistoun Glasgow, G31 1QW where we will be spreading out over 50 varieties of seed potatoes, potato planter bags, onion and shallot sets, garlic, Kings Seeds, peas and beans, jams and chutneys for sale.

List of workshops

Name Organisation Workshop Title Workshop Description Time Room
Abi Mordin Concrete Garden Schools gardening With a wealth of experience Abi is well placed to help you plan and run a garden for schools . The growing season doesn’t fit neatly into the academic year; summer holidays can be difficult. Get hits and tips for success. 12 Noon 1
Joyce Gibson Independent  Why grow our own plants from seed?? Well amongst other things- it’s cheaper, it’s fun and extremely rewarding, it offers more choice of plants, it’s educational
And we can all enjoy and share the finished product!!!
Why not join in the chat at our ‘growing from seed’ workshop
And at the same time maybe pick up some hints and tips to take away to your own garden or allotment?
12 Noon 2
Louise Smith Froglife Wild allotments – wildlife gardening is fun, easy and incredibly rewarding. Come along to Froglife’s workshop to discover ways to encourage wildlife into your allotment or garden.
We’ll be discussing how to create small pockets of ‘wild’ space, having a pond chat for you to bring up any issues you’re having and exchanging ideas to help wildlife in your allotment or garden.
12 Noon 3
Alister Smith Independent Square foot gardening:
Sow-plant-eat repeat
Have you ever considered growing your own vegetable and herbs but the only thing stopping you is lack of space?
Discover how you can cultivate over 50 delicious vegetables in an area one metre by one metre.
1:30 1
Jennifer Brodie Remin What is Remin volcanic rock dust – and how can it help my potatoes? Come along and find out:
1. Where does Remin volcanic rock dust come from?
2. What does Remin volcanic rock dust do to help make healthy soil?
3. How and when to apply it?
4. What benefits it will bring – and why add it to my potato plot?
5.What else can you use Remin volcanic rock dust for?
1:30 2
Angela Smith RHS Kokedama with RHS gardeners   Get your hand's dirty learning to create a 'kokedama', a Japanese variant of bonsai, which has become an Instagram craze, with creative rhs gardeners transforming succulents into dangling sculptural objects. All materials supplied. 1:30 3

Why buy our Seed Potatoes


Each seed potato is a clone of the parent.

You can grow a potato from the seeds in the green fruit-like 'potato berries' which form on some plants, but unless selectively cross pollinated, you'll have no idea whether the new plant will be a good-un, or a bad-un and the plant will need to be overwintered and grown on for a season or more before you start getting a worthwhile crop........So most of us grow from seed potatoes, removed from a plant that does what it says on the tin.

Tattie Bash

The idea of the tattie bash is a fun competition to see who can grow the greatest weight of spuds from one seed potato in a pot and raise money for charity.

For the princely sum of £2, we will give you the seed potato and the pot - you have to get your own compost and grow the plant wherever you can!


The 2017 Tattie Bash Weigh-ins will be held at the following Allotment Open Days

  • Mansewood Allotments G43 1ED Sunday (date to be confirmed) 1-4pm 

  • Hamiltonhill Allotments  G22 5QN Saturday (date to be confirmed) 12-3pm

  • Kennyhill Allotments G33 2DD Saturday (date to be confirmed) 1-4pm  

Bring your plant, complete in its pot, (although you can cut the foliage off to make it easier to transport) where it will be tipped out and the potatoes weighed.  

There will be an option to keep your spuds for yourself or offer them for charity sale. All proceeds will go to charity.  

The prize for the top weight of spuds grown will be £20 Dobbies vouchers.

 

Our Chosen Charity is Wateraid.

WaterAid is a global organisations whose aims are:

  • To promote and secure poor people's rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.     

  • To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.     

  • To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.     

  • To further develop as an effective global organisation recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values. 


How to get to Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre

BY BUS

Buses going along Duke Street (1st Bus) 60, 60A, 46, 41, 90
Buses going along Alexander Parade (1st Bus) 38
Buses going along Gallowgate (1st Bus) 61, 240, 255

BY RAIL


Glasgow has two main city centre train stations, Glasgow Central and Queen Street Stations, they are both about a 10 minute taxi ride from the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre.  The nearest train station to the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre is Duke Street Station (5 min walk) which has links with Glasgow Central and Belgrove Station (10 min walk) has links with Glasgow Queen Street.

BY ROAD


M8 eastbound from Glasgow Airport(M8) / Prestwick Airport (M77)
If travelling east bound follow M8 over the Kingston Bridge drive in one of the 2 far righthand lanes signposted Edinburgh. From the M8 Exit at junction 14, Signposted Dennistoun.  Turn Right at the Exit Slipway onto Alexandra Park Street, which changes to Cumbernauld Road, at Duke Street Train Station, turn right at the traffic lights at the junction for Duke Street. Drive along Duke Street for about 500m, turn left just after the pedestrian crossing at the Boots Chemist and Lloyds TSB Bank.  The Centre is located about 200m down Whitevale Street on the left hand side.

M8 Westbound
If travelling wetsbound exit the M8 at the junction signposted Blochairn. Follow signs to Parkhead/Dennistoun. At the traffic lights turn right onto Alexandra Parade turning left onto Armadale Street.  Follow the road downhill, through speed calming restrictions down to Duke Street, cross straight over Duke Street onto Whitevale Street. The Centre is located about 200m down Whitevale Street on the left hand side.

Please note there is no car parking at the centre.  There is very limited park on the street outside the centre.

The Reidvale Neighbourhood Center