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On your plot this month:

This is probably the busiest month on your plot. You’ll need to get ready for sowing and planting out tender things after the last risk of frost has passed – normally by around 15th May here in the city.

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It’s the Hungry Gap, when there’s not much left from winter crops and the new season things aren’t ready yet. Radish and lettuce from early sowings; spring greens, perpetual spinach, Swiss chard; rhubarb. Herbs: rosemary, sage and thyme; early mint.
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Sow these now: broccoli, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach, spring onions, swede, turnip, herbs. Later in the month you can start sowing tender beans (runner, borlotti, French).
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Ready now: Brussels sprouts, calabrese, kale, maincrop potatoes (last chance for these). After the middle of May: courgettes, pumpkin/squash, beans (French Climbing, French Dwarf and Runner beans), sweet corn.
Next month: We’ll have plenty more of the tender plants, so don’t worry if you’re not ready yet. There are also some rare heritage varieties of bean seeds if you’d like to try those.


Work Sunday

This Sunday we’re looking for some help with sorting out the compost. Phil will be at GO2 from 10.00 to 12.30 and would appreciate any help you can give, even if it’s just half and hour. It will be followed by Food Share.


Foodie Things

This Sunday 4th May come and discover how to use, prepare, cook & store rhubarb. It’s all happening between 10am – 12pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE

Rhubarb-lemon Bars

Limited spaces – maximum of 6 people. To book, please contact Juyna Lewis (food team leader): 01603 504121 or food@grow-our-own.co.uk

Then from 1pm it’s all back to GO2 for Food Sharing Sunday and more food!


Dates for diaries

calendarAGM and food-sharing: Sunday 6th July at the West Earlham Community Centre instead of the allotment.

Open Day and 10th anniversary: Saturday 27th September.


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