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Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Strathconon Traditional Highland Games.
The Strathconon Highland Games is held usually the last Saturday in July or the first Saturday in August every year. The games have been the main social event for many locals now for over 40years.
Starting the morning off is the competative Hill Race for all those hardy folks, Heavy Events, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Adult and Children's Races, Field Events, and Tug o War, so get yourself a team together if your brave enough to take on the “Strathconon Babes” this year!!
Tea Stalls and other local stalls have become a popular attraction at the games along with face painting, darts and lets not forget the BBQ with homemade Venison Burgers, the best around… and of course no Highland Games would be complete with-out a Beer Tent!
“ A Games which tries to keep a more traditional, non professional feel to the day, it is in the original spirit of Highland Games”.
Ending the day in Traditional fashion is the Games Dance held in the Local Village Hall, with Music and there sure to be some sort of entertainment!
So please feel welcome and come along to join in one of our biggest events of the year.
Forth Coming Events
– Sunday 7th June 2009, Arts & Craft Fair
In Strathconon Hall – Between 10am & 4pm
Wood – Turning , Homebaking, Bric – A – Brac, Local Artist, Ethnic Clothing, Jewllery, Raffle and much more, friendly atmosphere, FREE ADMISSION. Refreshments Available.
Saturday 1st August 2009
The Tradional Highland Games, (see Traditional Highland Games for info)
Halloween/ Bonfire - Ceilidh - With Torridon £8 entry –
This year we are having a Ceilidh straight after the Bonfire and Fireworks, aswell as the Halloween Party all rolled into one! So please feel free to come dressed up if not just come as yourself.
Date not arranged.
Annual Christmas Community Party.
"Our Annual Christmas Party is another highlight of the year in the Glen of Strathconon. The community comes together to enjoy a mouth watering traditional festive dinner with music and a warm friendly atmosphere for locals and friends to enjoy
Grow Your Own Organically
Growing your own fresh; health-promoting vegetables can be easy and fun for all the family.
Spring in Strathconon comes a little later than in some parts of the country but with a little preparation a bountiful harvest can be had all year.
Growing from seed is very ecomical and great for when late frost can be a problem. Start your seeds in seed trays or cell trays. Cell tray growing is ideal for starting off a lot of vegetables plants such as brassicas or lettuces. They come in a range of sizes and with one plant in each the roots do not become entangled and they can be transplanted with less stress to the plant allowing it to grow on quickly in its new environment.
Once your tomatoes form their first flower truss plant into your growing bags or border soil. Pot on peppers, chillies and aubergines as necessary.
Remove side shoots of cordon (up-right) tomatoes and tie in to supports as they grow.
Hopefully by the end of may you should be able able to sow carrots, lettuce. Salad leaves, peas, radish, spinach and beetroot.
Brassicas sown earlier from seed can start to be hardened off. Be careful through and have fleece to hand as frosts have happened in Strathconon into June.
Sow runner beans in pots for later next month.
When choosing organic it isn’t always easy but companion planting is a great way of confusing pests long enough to save your crops.
Nasturtiums are quick growing hardy annual that can be grown outside or in pots for planting later. They produce a mound of rounded leaves and colourful summer blooms. Both the young leaves (which have a hot peppery taste) and flowers are edible and can be added to summer salads.
Nasturtiums really come into their own as companion plants.
They are very attractive to a sap-sucking pest called the black bean aphid, which also attacks broad, French and runner beans. Black bean aphids will abandon these vegetables in flavour of infesting nearby nasturtiums. Once this happens the nasturtiums should be treated as a sacrificial plant, and the affected shoots or plants destroyed. These flowers are also prone to infestations by cabbage white butterflies. They lay their eggs in small groups of the leaves and the resulting yellow and black or velvety green grubs eat the host plant, drawing the pest away from nearby cabbages.
Alternatively employ local kids to help you pick them off and give them an early bath.
For best results, team companion planting with other organic pest control methods.
By JACQUI MCKINNON FOODSTYLE HIGHLAND ORGANIX..