March Newsletter – Sent Fri, March 16th to 145 recipients

Dear members,

As always, welcome to our new members, it’s always great to have new people who share our passion join and support us.

As many of you will remember from February’s newsletter, Hannah Thompson has joined us as Deputy Programme Manager to assist Mahesh – if you need to contact her for anything she now has an SLI email address:

A reminder about our recently created Facebook groups, for idea sharing, communication and work planning. Please do join and share the public page to promote what we do in the local community.
Marlpit Members:
Bluebell Members:
Public page:

We still have plots available so if you know anybody who might be interested, please do put them in contact with us.

Sat. 17th March (10am-1pm)
‘All About Soil’ Training
Marlpit Community Garden
FREE for members.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible, the session will be perfect preparation for growing season.It’s imperative you tell Mahesh ( if you would like to participate.
For those who have already signed up – Mahesh will meet you in the Marlpit garden for a 10am start.Click here further details
SLI Co-operative Group

SLI members, including GOBluebell and Marlpit members, are eligible to  join the Sustainable Living Co-operative Group where you can buy Suma products at wholesale price.If you are interested in joining the Group, please email Mahesh. can see SUMA’s entire range of organic, fair-traded, and vegan products here:

GO2 Bluebell
Spring Welcome event at GO2 Bluebell. Sunday 1st April.
Our usual volunteering Sunday and foodshare lunch, with the volunteering focused on helping new members get started with growing.  (‘New’ members includes those who joined in the autumn.)  Existing members, please come along to meet the new members, chat about crops that work for you, lend a hand with their spring digging and planting, etc.  There will be a short talk/Q&A for new members at 10.30am to discuss how things work at GO2, repeated at 11.30am. Foodshare lunch at 1pm as usual.
March Sun and Snow
The sun may be shining today but, with a forecast of near freezing temperatures and snow in the next week, the soil is likely to be too cold for sowing any seeds yet.  However, there are signs of good things to come.  Early rhubarb has started sending up shoots, purple sprouting broccoli is sprouting and the early potatoes, Orla, are chitting in the big shed ready to be planted once the soil has warmed up.  There are broad bean, parsnip and early pea seeds in the shed too but again, wait till the cold spell passes before sowing.
In the greenhouse, the lettuce, Brussel sprouts and next spring’s purple sprouting broccoli seeds sown last week have germinated.  If all goes well there will be lettuce plants ready in mid April.
– Bridget, Seeds and Plants
Upcoming Events

Training: All About Soil – Saturday 17th (10am – 1pm) – MARLPIT
General Volunteering – Every Tuesday (10am – 2 pm) – MARLPIT
Forest Garden work – Every Thursday – (10am – 1pm – MARLPIT

General Volunteering – Every Tuesday (10am – 2 pm) – MARLPIT
Forest Garden work – Every Thursday – (10am – 1pm – MARLPIT
Spring Welcome Event – Sunday 1st April – (From 10am) – BLUEBELL
Training: Scything – Tuesday 24th (10am – 2pm) – MARLPIT