Jam tomorrow!

Mahesh is making plum jam at the SLl office tomorrow – Saturday, 2nd August, 11am – 2pm at the West Earlham Community Centre (Click here for more info)

 

Bridget is running a chutney-making workshop next Saturday, 9th August, 10am – 1pm
We’ll use plums from the allotment to make chutney to raise funds for GO2.
It may not be too late to take part in either or both of these workshops, so email us asap.
J

Jars needed

We still need jam jars, with lids, clean and with labels removed, for our jams and chutneys. The 300ml (1lb) size, or thereabouts, is the most useful.
Please leave in the big shed.

Thanks, food@grow-our-own.co.uk

Herbs

Are you interested in the cultivation and uses of herbs?  Join Bridget at 12.00 this Sunday 3rd August, in the picnic area under the apple tree to talk about being part of a group focused on herbs.


First Sunday Food

August is almost here! What happened to July? It went far too quickly. Hope to see as many as possible for shared food lunch this Sunday (3rd Aug) at 1pm.

If you haven’t been before then don’t be shy! Come & say ‘hi’ & meet other plot holders.

The scheme is about connecting with others as well as sharing our knowledge & friendship. You’ll be most welcome. If you are able to then please bring something to share that used vegs/fruits from your plots (plum cake anyone?).

See you on Sunday. Finally, a little favour to ask of everyone; if you are passing the herb sinks nr the toilet block then please pull out any weeds & water the herbs if they look thirsty.

Thanks, Juyna (Food Team)

Training


Janet Johnson, a keen gardener, attended a herb session led by Dano & this is what she said about it:

“Another excellent training session on the allotment. About eight of us were there and we learned how to take cuttings and pot up herbs, including some rarities. The session was very interesting, and enjoyable, sharing Dano’s expertise and knowledge and meeting some growers who were new to me – so very practical and sociable. It was a hands on session I wasn’t really able to take notes! I have a good variety of herbs on my allotment but I learned several new things which I will put into practice. If anyone wants a cutting from my French tarragon plant, just ask …”

 


Janet has mislaid her food container which she describes as a large mottled grey plastic round container, diameter 11 inches or 28 cm, 4 inches deep or 10 cm, with an opaque flexible lid. She points out she used it to bring food to Food Share. She has another container but she can’t bring as much as when she had two!

Please have a look as we’d all like Janet to continue bringing her lovely home-made delicious mouth watering food. Did you take it home to wash or have you put aside somewhere? If so, please let us know. Thanks.


If you missed or mislaid past newsletters or just want to see them, click here.

Jim

Jam sessions soon

Mahesh is making plum jam at the SLl office on Saturday, 2nd August, 11am – 2pm at the West Earlham Community Centre (Click here for more)
Bridget is running a chutney-making workshop on Saturday, 9th August, 10am – 1pm
We’ll use plums from the allotment to make chutney to raise funds for GO2.

If you’d like to take part in either or both of these workshops then please email food@grow-our-own.co.uk asap. These are popular events & places are quickly snapped up so act now.
J

Jars needed

We still need jam jars, with lids, clean and with labels removed, for our jams and chutneys. The 300ml (1lb) size, or thereabouts, is the most useful.

Please leave in the big shed.
Thanks


Tessa says help yourself

There are young brassicas and other plants in and outside the polytunnel (shown here) which should be planted using adequate space – click here for instructions.
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More thanks

This time from our Swaffham visitors

Thankyou
Eighteen allotmenteers from Swaffham visited last Sunday.
Click here to see what it was like,


Many thanks, Juyna (Food Team)

Eddie’s alternative weed-killer idea

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Got Weeds? Use Vinegar: Homemade Weed Killer
1 gallon of white vinegar
1/2 cup salt
Liquid dish soap (any brand)
Empty spray bottle
Put salt in the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap. This solution works best if you use it on a hot day.
Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.
– See more at: Alternative-energy-gardning.blogspot.co.uk


AGM MINUTES

Click here for the minutes of our annual meeting. The password for the member’s area is ‘garlic’.


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletterat15grow-our-own.co.uk. Also, if you are at the allotment and want to leave us a message, just write it down in the day book which is on the table inside the big shed.

Bakers still needed!

chocolate_cake_3 About 20 members of the Swaffham Allotment and Community Garden group is visiting on Sunday 20th July and it would be nice to see as many growers there as possible to welcome them and show them round. Refreshments will be available and anyone able to make a cake or similar is welcome to do so. They’ll arrive about 10.45.

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If you like baking, please bake a cake for the Swaffham Allotmenteers : if you can help, let me know on: food@grow-our-own.co.uk

Many thanks. Juyna (Food Team)

Two Great Preserving Days

NUMBER1 Mahesh is making plum jam at the SLl office on Saturday, 2nd August, 11am – 2pm at the West Earlham Community Centre (Click here for more).

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2_CLR Do you enjoy making chutney? Or would like to learn? Then your opportunity is on Saturday, 9th August, 10am – 1pm, when there will be a chutney making workshop with Bridget. We’ll use plums from the allotment to make chutney to raise funds for GO2.

If you’d like to take part in either or both of these workshops then please email food@grown-our-own.co.uk asap. These are popular events & places are quickly snapped up so act now.
J

Jars needed

We still need jam jars, with lids, clean and with labels removed, for our jams and chutneys. The 300ml (1lb) size, or thereabouts, is the most useful.

Please leave in the big shed.

Many thanks, Juyna (Food Team)

PS If anyone likes weeding / cutting grass then help is needed on the rockery near the car park. (This does not need a strimmer.)

Bakers needed!

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Do you like baking? Then PLEASE bake a cake for a group coming from the Swaffham Allotment. They are coming to visit our scheme on Sunday 20th July around 10.30am? I’d be most grateful to you.If you are able to do this then please let me know on: food@grow-our-own.co.uk

If you would like to bake ahead, then please let me know & I can take the cake/s home to freeze.

Many thanks. Juyna (Food Team)

AGM

We had our annual meeting last Sunday and the minutes will be on the website very soon for you to see the detailed discussion. To get into the members area the password is ‘garlic’.

We discussed the size of the scheme and the amount of work it takes to keep it running. One of the ways we’re hoping to involve members more is by improving our communications. Watch this space!

We agreed to move the Grow at Home scheme to Marlpit from October. Those of you who are on this scheme can continue but will need to go to Marlpit Community Garden to collect your seeds and plants. Some of our GO2 growers who also took on council plots were allowed to be members of Grow at Home to get seeds, plants, tools and muck for their council plots. They will no longer be able to do this, but will, of course, be able to continue in the normal way as GO2 members. Support for allotment holders is available from the Bluebell Allotment Association; see their website at http://www.bluebellallotments.co.uk/

We agreed to put up signs in our car park to remind people that the spaces are for Blue Badge holders or less able people who need to come to GO2 by car. Other growers who come by car are asked to park in nearby streets.

Volunteering opportunities

Training. We are looking for someone to organise our monthly training sessions. Could this be you? We have a training plan for this year and trainers booked so it’s just a case of making sure that happens, putting up posters and doing an item for the newsletter. Then, in the winter, you need to have a chat with Mahesh and come up with next year’s training plan, liaise with the trainers and publicise the events.

Strimming. Are you strong enough to wield a petrol driven strimmer? We’ll provide training so you can use the equipment safely. It will be an enormous help to have the paths and unused plots strimmed.
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If anyone likes weeding / cutting grass then help is needed on the rockery near the car park. (This does not need a strimmer.)
Water management. You’ll have noticed that we have our own water cisterns at regular intervals down the central path. They are fed from the big tanks at the back of the big shed. These are filled either by rainwater or from the tap at the car park. We need someone to take charge of making sure the tanks are kept full, that the cisterns work and that the pipes are OK.
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If you can help with any of these tasks or would like to know more, just reply to the newsletter and we’ll be in touch. It would be good to have more than one person involved with the strimming and water management.


AGM

We had our annual meeting last Sunday and the minutes are on the website (click here). To get into the members area the password is ‘garlic’.


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk. Also, if you are at the allotment and want to leave us a message, just write it down in the day book which is on the table inside the big shed.

Training on herbs this Sunday July 13th with Dano

Learn how to make more plants with root cuttings, softwood cuttings, layering and division. Meet at 11.00 at the big shed. The session will last for one hour.
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