First Sunday Food Share

As always, we’re sharing the bounty of the allotments on Sunday 2nd August 2015
Check what you have that’s ready – there does seem to be plenty.
If you look in the communal areas you may see fruit or vegetables which are ripe for harvest and sharing.
This morning I went and looked, and found over a kilo of ripe red gooseberries and quite a lot of currants. Most of the first-crop raspberries had gone, and the blackberries are not yet ready, but will be very soon.

Apples and other fruit need thinning – we have work to do! RHS have good advice.
I took photos of what was there and then went home to make a Summer Pudding for Sunday.

I looked at some ideas online first and then started.

Clockwise from top : Redcurrants, Whitecurrants, Raspberries, Red Gooseberries, Green Gooseberries and Gooseberry thorns

Clockwise from top : Redcurrants, Whitecurrants, Raspberries, Red Gooseberries, Green Gooseberries and Gooseberry thorns

It took over an hour topping and tailing the fruit and picking out leaves and thorns.
Cooking was very quick and we’ll taste the results soon!
Click on links to see what I saw and what I did with the fruit, which looks amazing…

Summer Pudding after turning out

Summer Pudding after turning out

Jim (for the Food Team)

Training at Marlpit Community Garden and our new office at Marlpit Community Centre.

Next Training Day on the second Saturday in August (the 8th) is titled “Harvesting and preserving fruit and vegetables

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We’ll be making jams and chutneys in the kitchen at the new office, above you can see what we made last year to raise funds.

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If you’d like to join in, make a booking on the website – click here.

SLI Annual General Meeting

was on Sunday 5 July 2015

at Marlpit Community Centre NR6 5EQ

Minutes of the meeting Minutes of the meeting GO2 AGM minutes 2015


To see our upcoming events page – click here

We are planning an Open Day on 4th October 2015


Can you spare some food?

If you haven’t seen this email from Bluebell North, do take a look. It’s such a worthwhile scheme running during late July and August and I’m sure lots of GO2 people would like to contribute. I’ll certainly be digging up some spuds for them.

Even very small amounts add up. All best wishes Jane (click below to read about it)

FISH  Food (and FunIn School Holidays

Allotment gardeners have been asked to support this initiative again this summer.  


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Session 6: Pests Training is on Sunday 19th July

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs: a practical training course

Session 6:  Pest and disease, identification and control, has been rescheduled!
It will now take place on Sunday 19th July from 10 until 1 at Marlpit Community Garden, Marlpit Lane. There are still some places available; it is free for GO2 Bluebell team leaders and other   members will get a discounted rate (£12 for the session). Anyone interested, please contact
Mahesh sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk


A free workshop (for our GO2 members) on: repairing and maintaining garden power tools – Sunday 19th July from 1 pm to 3 pm, at Marlpit Community Garden, Marlpit Lane. Booking essential, please contact Mahesh sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk


webmailIf you want to “share” ideas or plants for example, but don’t want the world to know on Facebook, why not email newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs

a practical training course

The next session is on : Pest and disease, identification and control, on Sunday 19th July from 10 until 1 at Marlpit Community Garden, Marlpit Lane.

2015-Saturday-Practicals-JulThere are still some places available; it is free for the team leaders and our GO2 Bluebell members will get a discounted rate (£12 for the session).

Anyone interested, please contact

Mahesh sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Also on Sunday 12th July, skill-sharing session at GO2 Bluebell allotment, 11am to 12am, free (shorter version).

Sophie training@grow-our-own.co.uk

Help with weeding!

One of GO2 members, Diane, needs help with weeding her plot. Could you give an hand please?

If you have 15min spare (or more) , come to the allotment this Saturday 4th July at 2pm. We’ll work as a group on Diane’s plot while discussing the best ways to prevent couch grass growth.

Please let Sophie know if you can come on 07528 292643