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.


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.

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.

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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

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