This Sunday at GO2

Eddie was inspired by the fennel growing in the borders beside the main path to post the recipe below. If you want to try it, all the herbs can be found in the communal areas of the allotment. Feel free to take what you need; ask whoever is on duty if you’re not sure where a particular herb is.

Roast Fish

What can we do with all those fennel stalks? Don’t throw them away as you can use them fresh, or dried for the winter. They can be used to flavour a variety of fish dishes. The photo shows a bed of herbs for roasting fish, all out of my patio garden or the allotment. The aroma of these herbs is wonderful when you are working with them.
Roasting bed -:

Fennel stalks
Rosemary, with flowers
2 star anise

A fish of your choice, preferably a firm fish such as halibut, tuna, hake or, if you are feeling flush, turbot. Lightly fry the fish on one side until it colours, then place it on the bed of herbs. Sprinkle over some olive oil and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 1600 or gas mark 3.

Place on plate and serve with cooked fennel or summer vegetables, pouring over any liquid left in the roasting tin.



Butterfly Conservation Society in Eaton Park on Sunday 4th August

A report published this week on research by the European Environment Agency said that pesticides and intensive farming are blamed as butterfly numbers fall. Last winter probably didn’t help either. Butterfly populations are a leading indicator of the health of other insect species. The Butterfly Conservation Society is having a stand in Eaton Park on Sunday 4 August from 10 to 5, with information sheets. The stand will be near one of the entrances to the circular rose gardens and will be pleased to see you if you can make it.


Feedback on supply of seeds and plants wanted

Rochelle, Christine, Tessa and I, the ‘seed team’, would like feedback on the supply of seeds and plants this year, to help as we plan for next year. We’d like know what you think about the quality, number and timing of plants and about the provision of seeds. Our questions are:

  • Did you get the plants and seeds you wanted, and at the right time?
  • What do you think we could improve?
  • What other variety or type of seeds or plants would you have liked?
  • Do you have any other comments?

Please email your responses to bluebell@grow-our-own.co.uk

GO2 community working morning

This Sunday, as the last in July, is when all those jobs get done that are better carried out in company. There is plenty to do, including:

  • Picking red currants and gooseberries
  • Potting up lettuce and dill seedlings
  • Clearing overgrown plots
  • Clearing and planting the last bath in the family picnic area
  • Sorting compost
  • Levelling paths

Come along and join in; there will be cake and, depending on the weather, hot or cold drinks.

Lastly, there will be basil and various salad seedlings available on Sunday, on the benches outside the polytunnel. Take a look at the growers’ guides for July and August on the website grow-our-own.co.uk to see what seeds can still be sown. The password for the members’ area is ‘garlic’.


(graphics and layout by Jim)