Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing: This Sunday 6th July

10.30am to set up for an 11am start. Lunch at 1pm. At West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE.

All growers are invited! Come and have your say on present management and future developments, as well as some great food to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.
There are some hot topics up for discussion including:

  • How was this year and what can we do better next year? Are we the right size, should we be smaller or bigger?
  • Why contributing to GO2 is essential and how to deal with growers who do not contribute.
  • How to ensure plots are kept in a good condition.
  • Running the Grow-at-Home scheme from Marlpit and no longer including growers with council allotments.
  • More volunteers needed to help run GO2.
Mahesh is cooking our lunch and he needs to know how many to cater for. So, if you want to be fed, please email him at bluebell@grow-our-own.co.uk by the end of Friday to book your meal.
Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.
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Directions to West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, corner Taylor Road. The Centre is not by the University Village as marked in Google maps (it is correct using Bing).

transport-bus Bus: FirstBus 21 and 21A from Theatre Street to West Earlham shops every half hour, Konect 3 from St Stephens on the half hour to UEA entrance on Earlham Road. Cross over at crossing to Wilberforce Road turning by University Village and follow about half a mile to the Centre.
bicycles Cycling: Earlham Green Lane from Fiveways past the Coop and turn left at Larkman Lane straight down Taylor Road avoids the Earlham Road.
transport-car Car: Earlham/Watton Road, and turn right past UEA main entrance into Wilberforce Road

On your plot this month:

July

image001Photo: Jane C. at East Ruston This is when all that hard work on your plot is paying off. You’ll be spending more time now harvesting than sowing or planting – but don’t forget to think ahead for winter crops.Harvest:Courgettes, dwarf and climbing beans, peas, mangetout, the last of the broad beans, summer salad leaves, new potatoes, spring onions, radish, baby turnips and beetroot, Swiss chard, garlic (if you haven’t already picked yours), onions and shallots. Fruit: red and black currants, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries.

Seeds: kohlrabi, spring onions, lettuce, rocket, parsley, fennel, chard, perpetual spinach, radish, turnip, beetroot, carrots, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, calabrese, cabbage for winter and spring greens. Courgette, French and runner bean seeds to sow direct if you want to try extending the season. (But it will be too hot for spinach until next month.)

Plants: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calabrese, fennel, winter and spring cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, pak choi. Also some herb plants.
Next month: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calabrese, fennel, winter cabbage, kale.

The Seeds and Plants Team

Midsummer 2014

Thanks to all who brought food, drink and their company.

Here we are after dinner at Grow Our Own, Bluebell South, on Midsummer evening, 21st June 2014…

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… under a “mackerel” sky.

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Jim

The Invitation…

Saturday 21st June at 6pm Come and help us celebrate the summer solstice 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,Juyna

 

Sunday 6th July at 10am

Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing

All growers are invited! Come and have your say about present management and future developments, as well as some great food (provided) to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.

10am-2pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road. WECC is on the corner of Taylor Road.

Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

Annual General Meeting agenda:
1. Review of management structure
2. How to deal with members who do not contribute
3. How to ensure the plots are kept in a good state
4. Is GO2 too big?
5. Changes to grow-at-home scheme

If you have an issue you would like discussed and it’s not mentioned above, please let us know. Also, and very importantly since we’ll all be hungry after all the business, if you are coming to lunch, please let us know as we need to know the numbers for catering: bluebell@grow-our-own.co.ukplease bring something for dessert (even if it’s fresh fruit) and something to drink.


Fruit to share.

Our ethos is sharing! If you have a mature fruit tree (apple, pear, plum) on your plot please note that it is not your personal tree and the fruit is for everyone, particularly for jam-making or baking. You are therefore welcome to take some of the fruit, but remember to leave some for other people.


Sunday 20th July – Swaffham Allotmenteers’ Visit (Changed date) Please could some growers come and welcome them, and could some of the Food team be there to make some tea?

As this is their second visit and they are an interesting crowd, I hope for a lot of offers to host them! They will arrive at about 10.45.

Thanks, Christine
Don’t forget to water your plot – it’s been very dry and crops may suffer. Look at this fine example of maximising water use with young plants.
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Midsummer at Bluebell

2014 Summer Solstice is at 10:51 on Saturday morning, and we are celebrating in the evening at 6pm – so come & help us celebrate at the allotments with our annual evening gathering.It’ll be just like the 1st Sunday food share but on Saturday 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.

Juyna

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Sunday 6th July Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing.

All growers are invited! Come and have your say about present management and future developments, as well as some great food (provided) to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.

10am-2pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road.  WECC is on the corner of Taylor Road.

Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

Annual General Meeting agenda:
1. Review of management structure
2. How to deal with members who do not contribute
3. How to ensure the plots are kept in a good state
4. Is GO2 too big?
5. Changes to grow-at-home scheme

If you have an issue you would like discussed and it’s not mentioned above, please let us know. Also, and very importantly since we’ll all be hungry after all the business, if you are coming to lunch, please let us know as we need to know the numbers for catering: bluebell@grow-our-own.co.ukplease bring something for dessert (even if it’s fresh fruit) and something to drink.


Fruit to share.

Our ethos is sharing! If you have a mature fruit tree (apple, pear, plum) on your plot please note that it is not your personal tree and the fruit is for everyone, particularly for jam-making or baking. You are therefore welcome to take some of the fruit, but remember to leave some for other people.


Sunday 20th July – Swaffham Allotmenteers’ Visit (Changed date) Please could some growers come and welcome them, and could some of the Food team be there to make some tea?

As this is their second visit and they are an interesting crowd, I hope for a lot of offers to host them! They will arrive at about 10.45.

Thanks, Christine
Don’t forget to water your plot – it’s been very dry and crops may suffer. Look at this fine example of maximising water use with young plants.
2014-06-18 19.27.45Click to read more

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Click for a slideshow

Jam tomorrow

Come and help this Wednesday, 18th June, to pick gooseberries from the bushes near the polytunnel. Bring good gloves, sit in the sun and chat while you pick. Then find some shade and top and tail the fruit ready for the jam-making workshop on Saturday (see below).

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Eddie’s in production

Eddie is pleased to show us what he’s achieved with a one-meter square raised bed.
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Click here to see some photos taken at the training session on Saturday 6th June at Bluebell Allotments
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Dates for diaries

Saturday 21st June
• 10am to 1pm jam making with Bridget.

• 6pm Come & help us celebrate the summer solstice 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.

Juyna
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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!

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Any offer of help would be appreciated, please contact: Mahesh at mahesh.pant@talktalk.net.

Sunday 6th July Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing.
All growers are invited! Come and have your say on present management and future developments, as well as some great food to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.

10am-2pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road. Centre is on the corner of Taylor Road.
Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

Saturday 27th September 12-4pm GO2 Open Day and 10th anniversary


WATER

You may have noticed the water tanks have been empty on some occasions. This is because they rely on water coming from the big tanks at the back of the big shed. Those tanks, in turn, rely on either rainwater or being filled by the hose from the tap at the front of the car park. Ideally, the hose pipe connecting the tanks to the tap should be attached and the tap turned on, at all times. The tanks will NOT overflow because they have a siphon system. So, PLEASE, if you are on the allotment, make sure the hosepipe is connected and the tap turned on. Thank you.
Click here to see how it works
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If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk.

Effective use of water – this Sunday’s training session

Come and find out how to water your plot more effectively, and how to retain the rain that does fall. 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 allotments.

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Also this Sunday

Help with compost and possible muck collection please from 10.00. See Phil.


On your plot this month

This is another busy month on your plot. You’ll be sowing and planting out tender things, ideally at fortnightly intervals to make sure you don’t have gluts of courgettes, beans and so on.
Harvest: If you sowed peas and broad beans in the autumn you’ll be picking them now (these were sown in November last year). There’s also radish,lettuce and baby turnips; spring greens, spinach, Swiss chard. Herbs: chives, mint, parsley.
Seeds: We’ll have lots of seeds: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Calabrese, Runner Bean, French Bean, Beetroot, Carrot, Courgette, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Pumpkin, Peas, Radish, Romanesco (calabrese), spring onions.
Plants: Courgettes, pumpkin/squash, beans (French climbing, French dwarf and runner beans), sweet corn (we’ll be sowing more of these for you if you’ve missed out or have room for planting at fortnightly intervals).Some brassicas (cabbage family). Also some basil plants ready to be potted up and grown inside on a warm windowsill.

Next month

We’ll be getting ready for the autumn/winter crops – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calabrese, fennel, winter cabbage, kale.


Are you a jam-maker? Or would you like to learn?

On Saturday 21st June there will be a jam-making workshop, from 10am until 1pm. We’ll use gooseberries from the bushes near the polytunnel to make jam to raise funds for GO2. Email us to book your place; they are limited.

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Jars needed
We need jam jars, with lids, clean and labels removed, for jam and chutney made from allotment produce. 300ml (1lb)size is the most useful, nothing larger, please. Leave in the big shed.


AGM Sunday 6th July 10.00 – 2pm

All growers are invited! Come and have your say on present management and future developments, as well as some great food to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers. We’ll start the meeting promptly at 10.30 followed by lunch (provided). Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

There are some hot topics up for discussion including:
• Why we love GO2 and what we can do better next year. Are we the right size, should we be smaller or bigger?
• Why contributing to GO2 is essential and how to deal with growers who do not contribute.
• How to ensure plots are kept in a good condition.
• Running the Grow-at-Home scheme from Marlpit and no longer including growers with council allotments.

We’ll meet at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road. Centre is on the corner of Taylor Road.

west-earlham-community-centre Click for Google map

Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.


Other Dates for Diariescalendar

Saturday 21st June
10am to 1pm – Jam making with Bridget.
6pm – Come & help us celebrate the summer solstice 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

Saturday 27th September 12-4pm GO2 Open Day and 10th anniversary


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk