Open Day Saturday 29th September – Midday to 4pm

A chance to socialise with other growers, show off your plots to family and friends, and generally have a relaxed afternoon on the allotment. Any contributions to the home-made cake or tombola stalls will be very welcome. And if you have not done so already, you can pay your plot rent for the next year!

Mahesh will be facilitating discussion groups on issues arising from growing our own food. What do you think are the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing, to the environment, and to the building of community? What works well at our scheme, and what improvements or changes would you like to see?

Things to be Done this Sunday

Grass cutting, tidying of the pile of indeterminate objects near the bike stands and weeding the baths are all needed ahead of the Open Day. For anyone who wants a more vigorous workout, there are opportunities to move piles of rotting plant material around in the main composting area.

Using Manure

We do have some well-rotted horse manure in a covered pile, marked “GO2 Muck”, halfway between the polytunnel and the red shed. It should be used sparingly, applied on the surface around, but not touching, nitrogen-hungry plants such as brassicas (cabbages, kale etc). Alternatively it may be put on the soil and then covered with a thickish layer of wet cardboard, weighted down with bricks or similar, and left until spring. It should not remain uncovered on ground where no crops are growing, because the nitrogen in the manure will be washed through the soil by rain, wasting the nutrients.

Annual Report

We want to include several short case studies from growers in our Annual Report. Would you be willing to say why you joined GO2, and what it means to you? If you prefer, we can tell your story anonymously! Please talk to Mahesh at our Open Day, or e-mail your thoughts to mail@grow-our-own.co.uk

Here is an example from a former member

Charlotte's 2011 Report

What Charlotte has to say about Grow Our Own