Time for a Tidy

The End-of-Year Tools Clear Up is this Sunday (2nd November), a chance to “put something back” in every sense! Note that refreshments will be served mid morning.
Beforeuntidy shed AfterTidy tool shed

Thanks, Jane G – Maintenance Team

Food Share

Food Share? What’s that I hear you say? Well, it is a traditional part of this scheme that on the first Sunday of the month we gather together to share food. Please join us if you are new (or even existing member) of this wonderful scheme by bringing some food/drink to share. The idea is to use produce from your plots as much as possible. I’m hoping to bake a pear/apple crumble & a pumpkin dish.


I rescued some beans pods from the compost heap recently & have used the beans inside. I steamed them & then used them for a stew. Have also frozen some! If you have too many beans or any other produce/plants on your plot/s then please put them on the wooden picnic table for others to help themselves.

 Rubbish to dump

Charles & I have been taking the non-recyclable rubbish to the tip for some time now & we plan to do it again next week. If you have any unwanted plastic or any other non-recyclable rubbish then please leave near the greenhouse under the table as pictured. If you are able to take it home & put it in your domestic rubbish bin then please do.

Thanks, Juyna


GO2 has had an influx of new members, so welcome to: Frank, Jaime and Andres who join our other Spanish growers, Beki, Vic, Raphael, Jana, Sophie, Anita, Michael, Joanne and Mark. We’re pleased that Anne M, Laurie and Max have all come back to GO2 after a break.

If you have new people next to you, please say hello and make them welcome. If you ever want to know who your plot neighbours are, there is a diagram in the big shed.

We have a potential new grower: congratulations to Amaranta and José who have had a little boy, Dario (hope I spelt that right). The little wheelbarrow is waiting until he’s big enough!

We still have vacant plots so if you know of anyone who might be interested, do bring them along. You could even share or print and display this poster.Bluebell-members-wanted_page_001

A reminder: from mid-November to mid-February, there is officially no one in the big shed on Sunday and Wednesday mornings, though it’s quite likely some of us will be there – with tea and cake. We just can’t keep away – even in bad weather!

Thanks, Christine

Seasonal Soup

Bridget has sent us a season recipe for Ginger and Chilli Pumpkin Soup, her kitchen will be full at her chutney-workshop tomorrow, Saturday. Jamie-Olivers-pumpkin-soup

Other News…

Here are a few more items of interest to GO2 members


  • We are writing our Annual Report and need members’ stories about belonging to GO2.

If you can spare the time, please send stories to Mahesh at Sustainable Living Initiative.

  • Reminder to look out for events on our website – such as the End-of-Year Tools Clear Up
  • Laura’s pictures of Open Day and of the apple press in action.
  • These newsletters are part of a giant blog! See older items on the website by clicking the “← Older posts” links at the bottom of each page or the highlighted days on the calendar alongside (for example 01/10/2014). All previous newsletters are listed here.

All links (in blue) are to our pages on our website – if you don’t click to follow, you won’t see them! If you need to be reminded of the password, just email us.

Best wishes, Jim

Another Newsletter – this time it’s short and sweet.

Here are a few items of interest to GO2 members

These are all links to our pages on our website – if you don’t click to follow, you won’t see them!

Best wishes, Jim


Welcome to new members!

A number of new growers signed up recently and we welcome them to Grow-Our-Own.
Here is a link to some practical advice about what to do next. Click thisClick me.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
As one of the great assets of GO2 is the social and community side, we look forward to seeing you at our food-sharing lunches on the first Sunday of the month, and also at work days (also on the first Sunday of the month) and training sessions. Future activities are announced on an events page (click here).
If you have new neighbours, please look out for them and help them with any problems they may be experiencing.


Annual report

The annual report is under way. We would like to hear your experiences of GO2, whether you are a longstanding grower or have just joined.
Photos of your plot or produce may be included, if kept small. Please send to Christine at admin@grow-our-own.co.uk. Thanks!

Upcoming events

The Big End Of Year Tool / Maintenance Clear Up.

Click here for details tool-rack in shed

Sunday 2nd November 10.30-12-30

Jane Graham – Team Leader Tools / Maintenance

October 2014 – Training with GO2

Designing Your Plot
Welcome Tour for New Plot Holders

Ideas to renew your new or existing plot

Sunday 12th October
11.00 – 12.00 at the big shed

Sessions are suitable for beginners and more experienced gardeners.

We’ll be running the session whatever the weather!



GO2 10th Anniversary and Open Day

was on Saturday 27th September 2014

I would like to thank to all our team leaders and members for the excellent organisation of the event. Personally, it was one of the great days in my life – to see a small, pilot scheme called GO2 develop into a mature, self-sustaining organisation. The organisation of the event also reflected the cooperative ethos of GO2. We all should be proud of our achievements and encourage others to join in. Thank you once again for all your hard work.
Happy gardening,


Many thanks to the Food Team and all who helped in the planning and preparation, provided food and produce for sale or who just joined in.

Thanks also to the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Judith Lubbock who visited. The Mayor spoke congratulating Mahesh and Grow Our Own for our ten-year-old community initiative, then she cut one of the three birthday cakes, seen here.

Open Day 2014

Click here to see some photos of the event ↑

Click here to see previous Open Days

On your plot this month:



There’s still plenty of produce to pick before the weather turns cold.


Vegetables: calabrese (broccoli), Chinese and summer cabbage, kohl-rabi; roots – beetroot, carrots, Florence fennel, parsnip, radish, swede, turnip; squash family: pumpkins, squashes (last chance before the frosts!); green leaves – spinach, oriental and regular salad leaves; chilli peppers; leeks. (Wait till the frosts before picking your kale.)

Fruit: autumn fruiting raspberries. There’s also fruit on the community trees: apples and pears.

Seeds: This month we have white onion sets (red onion sets in spring, as they aren’t winter hardy) and garlic. There’s just time to sow spinach. Mid-month we’ll have broad beans, but not before – we don’t want them to grow too vigorously and then get flattened by frost.

Plants: This month we have a few kale plants (it’s getting late to plant those out) and some winter salads.

Next month: In November we’ll have broad beans for late autumn sowing.

The Seeds and Plants Team