Dear SLI Members

From now on, we will be posting important notices and information about our events once a month. For information about what to grow, when and how, please visit members’ page on our website or contact us at

If you have a plot in Grow-Our-Own (GO2) Bluebell and would like to know what seeds and plants are available, please visit the site on Sunday and Wednesday mornings (from 10 am to 1 pm).

If you are a Grow-at-Home member or have a plot in Marlpit Community Garden (MCC), please come and see us on Tuesdays from 10 am until 2 pm.

Forthcoming events

Sunday 2 April: Composting and food-sharing lunch at GO2 Bluebell
You may have noticed that the various composting areas need some TLC. With this in mind, I’ll be around from 10 in the morning of our next food-sharing day, Sunday 2 April, and I’d be grateful to anyone who could spare me a couple of hours of their time. The more the merrier and hopefully we can get things sorted in one go.
Look forward to seeing you!

Phil Young (the composting team),

Saturday 15 April: Making rhubarb jam and Cooking with beans and lentils at Marlpit Community Centre, 10 –1 pm.
The session is free to all SLI members; a donation of £10 is required for non-members. Booking essential.
Contact Mahesh at: ; Tel: 01603 920570


GO2 Bluebell Admin Team
We’d like to hear from people who could help with the rota of members in the shed on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Please let Christine know if you’re interested. It’s a great way of finding out what’s going on and meeting other growers. Email

Kids’ Club at GO2 Bluebell
Every Wednesday 3-5 pm: help to growers with young children. Please let Sophie know if you’re interested:

Skill-sharing session at GO2 Bluebell
Saturday 25 March, 11 to 1 pm: what and how to sow this month, with a special talk on how to tackle couchgrass and other weeds.
Please contact Sophie at:

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs: a practical training course

SESSION 2: ALL ABOUT SOIL, SATURDAY 18TH MARCH, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Outline of the session

  1. Soil basics – soil types, Ph test
  2. Identifying garden weeds- annuals and perennials
  3. Soil preparation – Plot clearing and digging
  4. Adding manure/compost /phosphate– when/how much
  5. Making your own compost
  6. Digging or no digging
  7. Plot planning, layout of the plot – bed or no bed

Lunch and discussion 1.00-1:30

Free to all SLI members, booking essential. Please contact me at the address below.
Mahesh Pant
Sustainable Living Initiative
Marlpit Community Centre
Hellesdon Road, Norwich NR6 5EG
Tel: 01603 920570; Mob: 07969996646

What’s on?

From now on, the Bluebell South GO2 shed will be open again regularly on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. To make sure we have members there ready to help, Rita is inviting people to sign up for the volunteers-rota. It’s a good way to find out what’s going on and meet other growers and new people. Email if you can help.

At Marlpit Community Centre,  Mahesh’s courses on essential gardening skills has begun with tutor Jon Darby from Easton and Otley College.
Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs: a practical training course
SESSION 2: All about soil and soil preparation for growing vegetables, Saturday 18 March, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm.
Free to all SLI members, booking essential. Please see the web page for the Course – click here..

Sunday 12 March at 11am at GO2 Bluebell South: Skill-sharing session with Sophie. A good opportunity for beginners to get help and advice from more experienced growers, along with tea and cake. We’ll be talking about the tasks of the month and practicing  pruning soft fruit bushes.

This Sunday, 5 March – Grow-Our-Own re-opens officially for the 2017 growing season!

Spring is in the air and the growing season is upon us once more! Please come on Sunday and help get the growing season under way.

We’ll start at 10.30 with the twice-yearly tools check and there are a few tidying-up jobs. You can discuss your planting plans for the year and find out what seeds and plants will be available and when. It’s a great time to meet other growers and welcome new members.

There’ll be refreshments mid morning and the food-sharing lunch will be at 1 pm, so bring a dish (savoury or sweet) to share and join this popular occasion.