Food Share Sunday

The next Food Share is on Sunday 7th December at 1pm in the big shed.
You may like to wrap up!
We are organising a mini raffle for our Festive Gathering on Saturday 20th December and we are looking for donations of small gifts. Could you please bring any items to the lunch on the 7th? Many thanks.
There’s also a large cardboard box in the shed marked ‘donations’ if you are not able to make the lunchtime gathering.
I am not able to be there this time but most of the Food Team will be there to welcome you on the 7th. Hope you all have a good meal.

Juyna

Weeds or wildflowers?

A friend and fellow-gardener in South London sent me this info about weeds on the plot – a useful indicator of the health of the soil:

  • Nettles are a good indicator of soil rich in phosphates;
  • Chickweed is the primary nitrogen indicator;
  • Lots of clover and hop-trefoil indicates dry, hungry alkaline soil;
  • Creeping buttercup – poor drainage;
  • Young nettles make a mean lasagne;
  • Fat hen is under-rated as an edible weed and is better than spinach!
  • Weeds with deep roots (eg bindweed, ground elder) should be used. They bring up nutrients from far down – soak to extract (until it smells) and then dilute to the colour of weak tea and use;
  • Marestail is rich in silica and when applied (soak etc as above) to living tissue it discourages fungal spores and that’s why it’s used by biodynamic growers to discourage potato blight (needs to be sprayed every 10 days or so to keep the protective silica layer intact).
Best regards
Jane C.

Apologies

This week’s newsletter is a bit plain I am afraid – I’ve been having difficulties with GO2’s internet service provider, so you may not be able to “see” our website from time to time. Other links I have included were working at the time.
(Note also that opinions expressed here are personal – particularly regarding the taste of Fat Hen or nettles!)

Jim

Newsflash

We seem to have run out of garlic for planting, if anyone has unknowingly planted whole bulbs of garlic instead of separating the individual cloves, could they please bring back any cloves they don’t require.garlic_5

I will put a list for people to sign if they have missed out on supplies and we will get some more for spring planting.

It is not too late to get broad beans planted, or if you have already planted some earlier, another sowing now will bring a second crop in the early summer.

There are also winter lettuce plants ready for planting that will bring you early lettuces in the spring.

Tessa

Stir-up Sunday Approaches

Why not try making Eliza Acton’s Christmas pudding from 1845 Eliza-Acton-Christmas-pudding 

Traditionally you should make this on Stir-Up Sunday, the last Sunday in November

To see our other seasonal recipes, click here.

 

Tool and Shed Day

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered.
It was really useful as we found that most of the tools were in good order and all accounted for on the inventory.
The shears and clippers were sharpened and the sheds cleaned.
There are enough hand tools to last through the winter.
We will arrange another Tool and Shed Day before the next growing season in 2015.

The GO2 Tool and Shed Tidy - click to see some photos
The GO2 Tool and Shed Tidy – click to see some photos

Jane G.

First Sunday Food Share

Over thirty of us squeezed into the Centre (Big Shed) to avoid being soaked with rain at lunchtime last Sunday.
It was the first indoor meal after a long Summer of al fresco food. New faces and old enjoyed meeting and eating a very pumpkin-rich assortment of delicious dishes.
If you have any photos or recipes from last Sunday, send them to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk

Moira