All hands to the pump!

Sunday 1st February

A work-morning followed by lunch. If you are new and you want help with digging over your plot, please come up at 11 am. First come first served! If you are an old hand, please come and welcome new people and help them get started.

First Sunday Food-sharing Lunch at 1 pm.

Volunteering Days are also on the first Sunday of the month. If you know of anyone who would like to come and do some work at Bluebell, they are most welcome and can stay for the food-sharing lunch at 1 pm. They don’t need to bring a contribution.

Things to do this month.

Such as – prune autumn-fruiting raspberries to about four inches from the ground.

For other ideas, look on the website (password garlic), there is a calendar and much helpful advice based on gardening at Bluebell Allotments


 Also – people could get on with digging over their plots. It’s not that cold!


A warm welcome to new growers Vicky, Philippa, and Martha and Sandra. We are sure they will enjoy being in GO2 and we look forward to seeing them at food-sharing lunches and work days!

Marmalade-making Workshop

Last Saturday

Seville orange marmalade

Marmalade 2015
Click the photo to see this recipe or here for other preserves.

We had a Team Leaders Meeting

The minutes will be on the documents page, but here are some of the main points.

Who wants a compost bin?compost-bins-detail

Ask for one – there are several left by previous growers to be re-used.

Is Your Plot Too Fat?

By the end of the growing season, some plots may have spread and now take up much of the path alongside them, which need to be 60cm (2 feet) wide. They should not be more than 1.3 metres, (we lease 1.2 by 6 metre strips). Next time we check, if paths on either side are not wide enough, wide plots may be adjusted . This is a access and safety issue.

Training Team

The main training sessions at Marlpit are fully subscribed, except pruning.

Dano, the current Team Leader has said he’s moving to Suffolk, but may visit from time to time. We need another team leader to take over. We liked the suggestion of using the idea of “skill-sharing”, instead of “training”, ie anyone could offer a skill-sharing session. What skills can people offer and what do they want to learn. Could have a regular skill-sharing slot.


We’ll start the rota for the shed open hours from 15 February. If you are not on the admin team and would like to share the rota, please let us know: The open hours are Sunday and Wednesday 10 – 1 pm.

Who is to maintain fruit bush areas

We have two fruit bush areas – one near the polytunnel and one behind the shed. We desperately need volunteers to maintain these areas on a share-cropping basis. The bushes have very high yields and the produce is used for jam-making. Anyone who can commit themselves over the year to keeping these areas, or one of them, tidy by weeding, can have some of the produce for their own use.
Ask admin if you wish to do this.

Last Food-share Sunday

Gluten Free Chocolate Courgette Cake Recipe Beetroot and Chocolate Muffins Recipe
Gluten Free Chocolate Courgette Cake Beetroot & Chocolate Muffins
Chocolate Courgette Muffins Recipe Gluten Free Beetroot and Chocolate Muffins Recipe
Chocolate Courgette Muffins Gluten Free Beetroot & Chocolate Muffins
Recipes from Tracy Wright

Dates for the Diary

calendarClick here for public events, such as training.
The first Sunday in March is Tool-care Day – volunteers who do this will be fed!
AGM is planned for Sunday 5th July with food-sharing at Wilberforce Road Community Centre.

Time for planning

Now is the time to make plans, while the weeds are sleeping! and remember crop rotation and replacing tired old plants.

Help Wanted – Planting fruit trees at Marlpit Community Garden

Next Tuesday 13th January from 10am onwards – lunch provided!

More info on the website – click here image001

Making Marmalade

Do you enjoy making marmalade?  Or would like to learn? On Saturday 17th January there will be a marmalade-making workshop, from 10am until 2pm.  It will be held at West Earlham Community Centre Places are limited.  Click here or contact Bridget [] for more details or to book.marmalade

Are you interested in signing up to learning gardening skills?

See our events page – or click here.2015-Saturday-Practicals

What were we saying in past years ? Look in the archive.

FoodShare-20150104Last weekend was the first of 2015 –

Happy New Year 2015!

The first Food Share for 2015 will be tomorrow, Sunday 4th January at the big shed, Bluebell Road allotments (south). If this is your first time at such occasion then welcome!

Please bring a dish/drink to share. You may like to wrap up warm!
To see who was at the last Food Share on the 7th December, click here.


Grow Our Own - Christmas Party 2014

Grow Our Own – Christmas Party 2014

Many thanks to all who came to the GO2 Christmas gathering to make it such a lovely time. In particular, thanks must go to Mahesh who, despite jet-lag, did most of the shopping & the majority of the cooking. I would also like to thank the hardworking food team who decorated the community hall. It was a great evening. See recent events page – click here.

Thanks also to those who contributed live music, food, quiz & raffle prizes.


With very best wishes for 2015 to all members & may this year be a productive one for you all.

Juyna, Food Team