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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