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Work and Food Share Sunday this weekend, June 1st.

We’re going to continue clearing and sorting the compost areas and weed the herb beds.
Please see Phil and Juyna anytime between 10.00 and 12.30.weeding-thI0WH9XYB
Afterwards, our usual feast. Please bring some food and/or drink to share.


Plants

We’re providing plants for 120 growers this season. To ensure that every grower has a chance to get their plants out in good time, we need to allocate them. So, if you have one strip, you can have two courgettes, six beans and so on. If you have two strips, you can have twice that number, etc, etc – but not all at the same time. Take your first lot and then come back a few days later for the next batch. We’re doing it this way so that everyone gets their choice of plants and we can keep up with demand. Planting in succession, means you’ll avoid the summer glut and ensure a steady supply of veg for a longer time. If you’ve got a special request (eg you’d like a yellow courgette) do let the Seeds and Plants team know by pinning a note to the notice board at the back of the shed or having a quick chat with Tessa and her team.
Tomatoes We’ll have some spare heritage tomato plants available this weekend, on a first-come, first-served basis. Do be aware that we can’t guarantee success with tomatoes on the allotment because of the prevalence of blight, so you might prefer to take them home to grow in a pot.
Herbs
We’ll have herbs ready for planting out over the next few weeks. There’s parsley now but also some less usual herbs along with several varieties of basil. Salad burnet, garlic chives, dill and summer savory are the first to be ready to plant.
There will be enough parsley and basil for everyone to have one or two plants. However, there’s just one tray of each of the more unusual herbs. Some of the plants will go into the baths and containers in the family picnic area, and in the bed alongside. Once they are producing plenty of leaves anyone can pick them; they’re available for all to try. If you would like to try to grow a particular herb on your own plot the remaining plants will go outside the polytunnel for you to take one or two.


Herb Walk

And if you want to know more about herbs, join Bridget for a herb walk on Sunday June 22. We have at least twenty different types of herbs scattered around the allotment. We’ll take a map of the site and attempt to plot them all, identifying those that anyone can take, and discussing their uses in cooking. Meet at the shed at 11am for about an hour’s tour.


Training

This might sound like sarcasm, but our next training session will be on how to water your plot more effectively. Just wait until the summer gets here! Carolyn Batch has grown fruit and veg in Greece so she knows a trick or two about efficient use of water. She’ll be sharing her knowledge with us on Sunday, June 8th from 11am to 12pm and will include a tour of her full size allotment.Watering_Can


Dates for diaries

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Sunday 8th June 11-12 Training on targeted watering. Meet at the shed.
Saturday 21st June 6pm Summer begins so please come & help us celebrate at the allotments with our annual evening gathering. It’ll be just like the 1st Sunday food share but it’ll be in the evening from 6pm onwards! We’re also fundraising then so any kitchen utensils/cookery books you’ve to spare would be gratefully received. Please bring to the big shed & leave under the long table to your right as you come into the shed. Many thanks.
Sunday 22nd June 11am Herb walk with Bridget.
Saturday 28th June 12-4pm Marlpit Community Garden OPEN DAY. Marlpit Community Garden has completed its first year and it is time to celebrate!
Any offer of help would be appreciated, please contact: Mahesh at marlpit@grow-our-own.co.uk
Sunday 6 July 10am-2pm GO2 AGM and food-sharing at the Wilberforce Road Community Centre instead of the allotment.
Saturday 27 September 12-4pm 2 Open Day and 10th anniversary


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