The City Council inspects our plots several times a year, to check they are in good shape. They’re inspecting plots now (April). If plots are weedy and neglected the Council will serve an improvement notice. And if we don’t put things right in good time we’ll lose them; the Council will give the tenancy to people on their waiting lists. So please help us to keep our plots for the GO2 community, by making sure that your plot and the area around it is in tip-top condition.

We've already received an improvement notice for a badly neglected plot (148) and more maybe on the way. We'll be organising a working group very soon to get those plots back into cultivation and we'll need your help to save the plots for our GO2 growers.
 

 

 

Hens

You may have noticed that our neighbours, Anthony and Sid, are keeping hens on their allotment. Sadly, two of the chickens have died, it’s thought from eating rhubarb leaves. Hens will eat anything and some plants will harm them, so PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE HENS and ensure that any children under your supervision do not feed them either.
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Just in case you don’t know, rhubarb leaves are poisonous. The leaves contain poisonous oxalates that are absorbed into the bloodstream and cause damage. Don’t eat or compost them, but you can put them in a bucket of water to create a pesticide which is great for getting rid of white fly. Pick your vegetables first, then douse them in the bucket. Take them home and wash well before eating.
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“Rhubarb, rhubarb, …!”

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Join us on Sunday 4th May to discover how to use, prepare, cook & store rhubarb.It’s all happening between 10am – 12pm at
the SLI Office in the West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE
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Limited spaces – maximum of 6 people.
To book, please contact Juyna Lewis (food team leader): 01603 504121 or

food@grow-our-own.co.uk

Afterwards, it’s all up to GO2 Bluebell South for Food Sharing Sunday and more food!

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newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk

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Sorting out your garden? Any surplus plants would be gratefully received. Please leave them by the herb patch near the toilet. Many thanks. rhubarb-and-custard

Clive’s Tips for April

  • As the soil warms weeds will grow more vigorously. Hoe and hand weed regularly to keep them in check. If you use cloches or fleece to protect your seedlings, check underneath for weeds and slugs!
  • If you’ve just taken on a new plot and can’t cultivate all of it, cover the unused ground with cardboard. Soak the cardboard with water and weigh it down with bricks or other heavy objects to stop it from blowing away in the wind. This will stop weeds growing until you have time to dig them out. “Volunteer” potatoes that have grown from previous years should be removed and composted because they carry the risk of spreading disease.
  • If you have planted your potatoes already, keep track of the weather forecast, and be prepared to cover any emerging shoots with soil, leaves, grass cuttings or fleece if there is any risk of frost. In any case you will want to earth up potatoes once their stems begin to emerge from the ground.
  • Green manure that has overwintered should be dug into the soil three to four weeks before you plan to plant your crops.
  • Aphids flourish during warm weather, so check fruit bushes and remove them by hand or by spraying water (not washing up liquid solutions which will harm beneficial insects too). Gooseberry bushes will need to be inspected for gooseberry sawfly caterpillars. They too may be removed by hand, or by shaking the bush. If you pruned your gooseberry bushes during the winter and created an open structure, this will encourage birds to eat the pests.
  • Continue to weed and mulch around trees, bushes and canes. A small amount of well-rotted manure, compost or grass cuttings will all be useful. Ensure that the mulch does not make contact with the stems of plants because this may encourage fungal diseases.

Last Sunday

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Thank you everyone who helped last week to install the extended water system. It was a lovely morning followed by fabulous food. We’ll be running the same type of event next month. Keep your eye on the newsletter for details.
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Last Wednesday we had a big clean-up

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This Sunday: one to one advice

We still have some half-hour slots available between 10.30am to 12.00pm which you can book for a one-to-one consultation with Mahesh. He will come to your plot and advise you on anything you want to know. Booking is essential! Just hit the reply key and say which slot you’d like. First come, first served.


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We still have several pairs of wellington boots: come and claim them.


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newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk.

GO2 needs YOU!

This Sunday, we need all hands on deck to dig a channel to run the water supply from our main tanks right along the path past the red shed, to the end of the row. The more help, the easier the task. Come between 10.00 and 12.30, even if you can only give half an hour. It all helps. You’ll get a chance to see how it all works and how to maintain it. p1460613
The work session will be followed by our regular food share at 1pm. Bring some muscle, and/or some food.


Shed duty.

We need to provide cover for two sessions; Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm.

We aim to have at least two people for each shift. No expert knowledge required. All the information is provided.

These sessions are very sociable and help you to get to know more growers.

Please contact Christine Wilson at admin@grow-our-own.co.uk


One to one advice:

Next Sunday, April 13th, we have four half-hour slots available between 10.30am to 12.30pm which you can book for a one-to-one consultation with Mahesh. He will come to your plot and advise you on anything you want to know.
Booking is essential! Just hit the reply key and say which slot you’d like. First come, first served.


On your plot this month:

This is a busy month with lots to sow and plant! Early April is the ideal time to plant your chitted potatoes, if you haven’t already done so.
Harvest: Broccoli – purple sprouting, winter cauliflower, cabbage – spring greens, kale, leeks, parsnips, perpetual spinach, Swiss Chard; rhubarb. Herbs: rosemary, sage and thyme; mint is starting to appear too.
Seedsll have some flower seeds too.
Plants: Plant your maincrop potatoes now. spuds-to-sow

We’ve also got some lettuce plants, which will be outside the polytunnel for you to help yourselves.

We’re busy raising lots of plants for you to put out next month (courgettes etc) and they’ll be put outside when it’s safe for you to plant them (after the last frosts – usually mid-May).
Next month: May will be a busy time on the allotment, when you can plant out the tender plants. There will be plenty of vegetable and flower seeds for you too; also rare heritage varieties if you’d like to try those. Look at the planting guide on our website.

The Seeds and Plants Team

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