UEA Volunteers

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Students from the UEA studying science and engineering swapped their their scientific instruments for spades and forks to take up carpet lifting, to improve our footpaths.

UEA Engineering student volunteers at Grow Our Own, Bluebell South, Norwich

UEA Engineering student volunteers at Grow Our Own, Bluebell South, Norwich

It was Ramadan,a period of fasting between dawn and dusk, and the task of lifting and removing carpet from the main paths was achieved.

Job done and many thanks to UEA Volunteers.

Marlpit Community Garden Open Day

Saturday 27th June from 12 to 4 pm.

Please come to celebrate the Open Day !

To celebrate the third anniversary of the Marlpit Community Garden, please tell your friends and families about the event and bring home-cooked lunch to share. Alternatively, come and join us at the Marlpit Community Centre at 10 am where we will be cooking our lunch using seasonal produce.

See you all on Saturday,


What to plant on your plot in July.

Perpetual Spinach and Carrots seeds can be sown in early July but it’s really too late for the other crops.
Courgettes, Squashes, Sweetcorn, Brassica and salad plants are available outside the polytunnel and between the greenhouse and poly tunnel, new plants are put out weekly, so keep checking what is ready to plant.
When planting all these plants remember they grow much larger so don’t put them too close together. During hot weather it is better to give them a lot of water twice a week rather than a little often.
The Brassicas – that is broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower and kale – all need to be covered in net to protect them from the birds.

More information on the website and planting manual in the green shed.


GO2 Bluebell South – Watering System

Maintaining water to GO2 diptanks during growing-months.

Connect GO2 hose to mains tap as illustrated. Click to see illustration and text as supplied by Mark
GO2-WateringNote: supply is shared with Bluebell Allotment Association and may be in use.
Not in use? Connect GO2 hose. Turn on tap.
Water flows via buried piping connected to TANK1.

Tank1 needs to be 3/4 full in order to syphon into TANK2. It is this tank which supplies water to GO2 8 dip-tanks.
Tanks 3 & 4 feed rainwater to TANK2
If there isn’t water flow to diptanks, the likely cause is there isn’t sufficient water in Tank1. This must be at least kept at 3/4 full to syphon water from Tank2 to 8 dip-tanks. It is a good idea to check mains tap is connected to GO2 hose and is turned on.


SLI Annual General Meeting

Sunday 5 July 2015, 11 – 1 pm followed by lunch

Marlpit Community Centre – Hellesdon Road NR6 5EQ click here to see maps

AGM – agenda

Marlpit Community Centre

  1. Introduction
  2. Reports from teams:
  3. Admin, Compost, Food, Land and Water, Seeds, Tools and Maintenance, Training, Website
  4. Proposal for membership
  5. Call for more Trustees
  6. Any other business

Followed by lunch – if you want lunch, please let Mahesh know: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

It is important for growers to attend, as there will be changes in the new year 2015/2016.

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Dear growers, we need your help. Large numbers of plants have gone missing from the green house and poly tunnel area. We are not talking about the odd half dozen here; for example, we have sown 180 sweet corn, at least half of which have disappeared.plant-thief

Whole trays of lovingly sown and tended plants are being taken.

So, please, if you see anyone helping themselves to large amounts of our plants, do ask, politely, if s/he is a member of our scheme and explain what has happened.

Spare brassicas

Rochelle has some spare white cabbages, purple sprouting broccoli, and kale plants in her council plot and would like to pass them on.

They need to be lifted and transplanted at the same time, so if you would like some, please email her to arrange a time to do it: rochelle.wilson1@googlemail.com

Rochelle Wilson

Weed & chat

We all have a life, and circumstances sometimes leave us little time to come to the allotment. However, weeds will take over your plot if you are not diligent.

Do you need a hand with weeding? Or do you have some time to help others? Come on Sunday 14th June for a skill-sharing session on weeding. We will work as a group on each other’s plot. Weeding is much less of a chore when we do it together! We’ll also share tips on composting, with Phil, the Compost Team-leader.

If you intend to come, please email Sophie at training@grow-our-own.co.uk

May Training Day

Training Day in May

Sophie’s ‘Protecting Crops’ Workshop was on Sunday 3rd May 2015 – Mark Newman sent us his “reflections”. Thirteen growers plus two babies came to GO2 Bluebell Sunday 3rd May. It was real inter-cultural and generation-share exploring … (Click to read more)

Sunday 7th June at 1pm is Food Share time again!

Please come and join in for a shared lunch in the big shed; hopefully it’ll stay sunny/hot & we can eat outside. If it is your first time then you’d be most welcome; please bring a dish and/or drink.

As this is also Volunteering Day, if you could spare a few minutes to help on community projects, we would all appreciate it.
Juyna is on duty this Sunday and would appreciate a hand with bringing the rockery under control! Please spare any time you have; even 10mins would make a difference. Many thanks.



If anyone over by the yellow shed is able to help on Sunday, our composting area is in chaos and urgently needs attention.
I will be there so if you have a plot in that distant part of the scheme please come and join me.


I have taken on the task of tidying up the area on the far side (north) of the raised beds. There are fruit bushes and other plants swamped by tall grass. We owe it to other growers not to allow grasses to spread seed, and we do not want to give up on this communal plot.
A bit of help on Volunteering Sunday will mean a share in a harvest of blackcurrants, gooseberries, blackberries, and other fruit later this year.


Urgent! To everyone whose plot borders a Council plot-holder –

We’ve been asked by Council plot-holders to cut the grass where it is spreading onto their plots and likely to scatter seeds everywhere. This applies to all four plots near the red sheds. As a matter of urgency, please could you check the end of your plots to make sure that grass is not causing annoyance to your neighbours. Long grass is going to seed everywhere shortly and it shelters those dreaded slugs and snails. There are shears in the small cupboard at the back of the main shed. Or you can dig it out…

The AGM is a month away

Please let us know if you’re coming and if you want lunch so we can cater for you! There will be no lunch at the allotment that day.
Sunday 5th July at 11 am with lunch at 1ish
Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Road (there is parking) – follow this link to our events page for more info and maps.

Only three weeks away is Marlpit Community Garden Open Day on June 27th

Please come and see our new project in Marlpit. You can either come and help make the refreshments at the Marlpit Community Centre at 10 am on the day or bring a some home-cooked food to share.

Any help in organising the event would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mahesh e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

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Marlpit Volunteering Day, Tuesday 9th June,

from 10 am to 1 pm followed by lunch.

Following my recent injury, I need extra help to keep the garden going.  If you could spare a couple of hours on next Tuesday or any Tuesdays after that, please let me know.

Thanks, Mahesh, e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Wildflower offer

2015-05-14 18.30Peter Anderson with some of the free wild flower seed kits he has received from Grow Wild UK, after having applied for them with Grow Our Own in mind.
The kits arrived belatedly for Spring sowing but they may still be sown in the Autumn for anyone interested in having some seeds.

logo-growwilduk-comThe idea is to transform spaces into attractive wildlife havens. Grow Wild UK have sent out packs which contain a guide to getting started, five packets of UK native wild flower seeds from Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, site labels and a small DIY bee home.

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The kits have five packets of seeds for use in England and each packet will cover 2m2. These packets contain the following: corn chamomile, corn marigold, corn poppy, cornflower, hedge bedstraw, lady’s bedstraw, lesser knapweed, meadow buttercup, meadowsweet, oxeye daisy, red campion and ribwort plantain.

logo_KewPeter was hoping to have sown seeds on one GO2 plot in time for Spring and has a few kits available for Autumn sowing. If anyone is interested please let him know personally or making a note in the project day book in the big shed.

The Grow Wild contact is: growwilduk.com