An Introduction

This is my first Newsletter for our Allotment Group. My name is Janet Johnson and I have 3 plots by the muck heap, to the left of the path going down from the hut, where the Elderflower tree is. I’ve been a member for four or five years and have enjoyed the practical help and the social side as well as taking home my produce. The allotment has given me many new friends and is a most wonderful outdoor space. I have a few ideas but thought I’d just get out my first Newsletter quickly as some of our new team leaders have things to say. A big thank you firstly to Clive and Bridget who have done a great job in keeping us going in the past year.

Janet

news@grow-our-own.co.uk


What’s happening in GO2 at the moment?

First of all, on behalf of the new team leaders, welcome back to the new growing year and an especially warm welcome to new growers! We all look forward to meeting those we don’t know and renewing acquaintance with growers we haven’t seen so much of recently because of holidays, work or other commitments. A lot of changes are underway in GO2 and at the moment we are in something of a limbo while waiting for everyone to renew their plot rental and to sign up for a team. We are also sorting out the best way of doing things and as we work these out we’d be pleased to hear ideas and views from growers.

Why are growers being asked to sign up to a team?

The teams and tasks were set out in the minutes of the meeting (click here to see them again). The team leaders’ names are there too. Once everyone has signed up, the team leader will get in touch and each team can decide how to arrange their tasks. This will probably be after 6th October which is the deadline for plot renewal and when we’re signing up some new growers. However, there are lots of jobs to be done so if you’re free for a bit do come and see whoever is in the centre. The usual open hours for the centre are Wednesday and Sunday, 10 – 1 pm until Sunday 17th November inclusive and the rota is being shared by the team leaders plus others who have been there before or like to be around when people are about. After all, it is the hub of our growing operations! We will shortly be getting some noticeboards (cast off from an office that closed) and we will have much more on growing, including demonstration plots outside.


Food Sharing Lunch

On Sunday 6th October Christine will be available for renewing plot rental (deadline for existing growers!)and signing up new growers. Food-sharing lunch is at 1 pm as usual. It’s always a great occasion and we hope lots of people will be there. Bring a dish, made with something from your plot, if you can. Meanwhile we hope you’re enjoying harvesting your produce and preparing your plot(s) for the next sowings.

See you soon! Christine Wilson

Welcome to the new season – update from the Seeds and Plants team

Here’s a quick update on what the Seeds and Plants team will be offering over the next season. We’re planning to offer everyone a basic range of seeds and plants that we think are guaranteed to succeed, concentrating on a small selection of high quality rather than lots of different things. During the next few weeks we’ll be putting together lists of the plant varieties for next year, which we’ll pin up to share with you all. And we’ll start work on demonstration plots to help you see what things you could be growing and when to plant them. For growers who like a challenge we’ll also be offering rare heritage varieties to try out (this year’s saved seeds include the legendary pea from Tutankhamun’s tomb). And we’ll be selecting six more rare varieties of beans from the Garden Organic heritage range to save for seed. We’re also planning to grow some exotic plants in the greenhouse next summer (eg melons and lemon cucumbers) to inspire those of you with greenhouses at home to try something new. We’d welcome your ideas too! If you have suggestions or requests for something new, do let us know – such as a seed swap (Gareth’s idea – thank you!), tastings of different varieties (Mahesh organised potato tastings last year), or visits to inspiring places… Best wishes

Jane C

seeds@grow-our-own.co.uk


Training

We have some excellent training lined up for October, all free for our members. George Ishmael, an environmental scientist and chartered landscape architect is running ‘Gardening with Nature’; three mornings on how to create a colourful garden which also benefits wildlife. These sessions will be held at the Marlpit Community Garden 10.00-12.30 on Saturdays, starting October 5th At Bluebell South, we’re running short one hour sessions just before Food-Sharing Sunday, between 11.00-12.00 to help you with practical skills for growing vegetables, fruit and herbs. The first session will be on October 6th when Mahesh will tell you all you need to know about Soil Preparation, including;

  • clearing your plot
  •  digging
  •  when and how much manure to use
  •  the best way to compost.

Places are limited – just 5 for wildlife gardening, and 10 for soil preparation – so please book before October 1st by emailing training@grow-our-own.co.uk Also email if you’d like more information. Rochelle is leading the Training and Mentoring team and would love to hear from you if you have signed up for this team and also if you have any ideas or requests.

Rochelle Wilson

training@grow-our-own.co.uk


Food Matters

The first Sunday “Food Share” is on Sunday 6th October @ 1pm and ALL are welcome. It would be great to meet new growers as well as existing members. Plenty of apples/pears are available at the moment if you want anything from the allotment for your dishes. The idea behind the first Sunday is to prepare a dish (or 2!!) with produce from the allotment. Of course, we’re more than happy to have dishes made with shop bought produce. If you are not into cooking then maybe you could contribute a drink or two? Also, it would be very helpful if you could please bring your own plates/cutlery as this will save on washing up. If you do forget to bring them then don’t worry as we have plenty of spares in the big shed. Please do come along and make friends and have fun in this special place that is the Go2 scheme. We look forward to meeting you. Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day.

Juyna Lewis

food@grow-our-own.co.uk


Dates for your diary

1st October Final day for signing up for training sessions
6th October Final day for paying your plot renewal feesPreparing your plot session 11 – 12 Food Sharing 1pm

News contributions should be sent to news@grow-our-own.co.uk

Marigold

A popular garden plant.

Marigold has exceptional healing powers and is used in many therapeutic disciplines, as its unique anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties promote rapid healing. It lifts the spirits, relaxes spasms and is a common first aid for cuts, burns and particularly good for dry skin.

Come and try my test run of marigold oil and cream on our Open Day this Saturday, 21st September at Marlpit Community Garden.
See you Saturday?

Amy


PS

Here’s a new take on how to make spanakopita, from Janet J.
And more Plum Tarts from

Jane C.

On your plot this month

September

This is the month for bumper harvests and getting ready for winter crops.

Harvest

In season now: beans; brassicas – broccoli, Chinese and summer cabbage, cauliflower, kohl-rabi; roots – beetroot, carrots, Florence fennel, radish, turnip; squash family: courgettes, marrows, pumpkins, squashes; green leaves – spinach, salad leaves; chilli peppers; sweet corn; tomatoes; herbs; maincrop potatoes.

There’s also fruit on the community trees: late season plums, maincrop apples and pears.

Seeds

This month we have green manure seeds – phacelia, Hungarian rye and winter tares. Sow them now and dig the plants in next spring, to give your plot a good over-winter feed.

Plants

This month we have kale plants and winter salads.

Next month

In October we’ll have onion sets; and in November we’ll have broad beans for late autumn sowing.

The Seeds and Plants Team

Allotment gathering

this Friday 13th September 2013 around 6pm to share food and good company and the lovely space that is the allotment. Hope to see everyone there. Keep fingers crossed that the sun will shine; but just in case please wear warm clothes, bring blankets or insulating life-saving foil!

THE FOOD TEAM

Bottling session

Sunday 15th September at 2 pm at Fourways Community Centre; contact Mahesh at: mahesh.pant@talktalk.net to book a place.

Open Day

You may have seen the Marlpit Community Garden Open Day poster in the Big Shed – it is on Saturday 21st September. You are welcome to come and see your new Garden. Any offer of help would be appreciated for example, making cakes, help on the day. Look forward to seeing you there,

Mahesh  

Important Notice!

Dear Grow-Our-Own Bluebell South Allotments and Growing-at-Home Members,

Re: Payment of Grow-Our-Own plot rent/Grow-at-Home Membership

It is the time of the year to renew your plot rental/membership.

Please send your payment along with a signed copy of the Grower Agreement form which is available in the big shed or downloaded from our website: http://grow-our-own.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/GO2_Grower_Agreement_2012_13.pdf
If you would like an additional plot or would like to give up some or all plot(s), please let us know.

Please pay by 6 October. If we don’t hear from you we may remove your name from the list. Thanks!

Mahesh Pant/ Christine Wilson

How much to pay?

Plot rent – £22 for the first plot and £20 for additional plots Those of you who have 5 plots together, it is £90

Wheel-chair accessible plot – £ 9 per plot

Grow-at-home – £16

No child plot from 1st of October but we can offer you an additional adult plot if you want.

Choose how to pay –

1. By bank transfer (BACS)

Account name: Sustainable Living Initiative

Bank name: The Cooperative Bank

Sort code: 08-92-99

Account Number: 65178511

2. By cheque

made payable to: Sustainable Living Initiative  and posted to:

Sustainable Living Initiative

Fourways Community Centre

Stevenson Road

Norwich NR5 8TN

3. In person cash/cheque only

At the big shed on Bluebell South Allotments on Sunday 15th of September from 10 am until 1 pm or on  Sunday 6th October from 10 am until 1 pm.

We have sent an invoice to all our members by e-mail. If you have not received it, please let us know.

If you have any questions, please e-mail to: sustainable@talktalk.net;  Tel: 01603 920147