As the majority of you will remember, Marlpit suffered a robbery over the Easter weekend with approximately £1000s worth of tools and equipment stolen.
Luckily we were able to raise some funds so we wanted to say thank you to:
- Thorns for their donation and discount voucher
- Homebase, Hall Road for their donation
- UEA Sustainability Society for their continued fundraising efforts and craft/bake sale next week (see event!)
Through individual donations from Hannah’s Facebook appeal, we managed to raise another £200! So from everyone at SLI, a huge thank you!
All our training sessions are designed to be practical help for successful growing and this review by Anne-Marie was a delight to receive, so thank you Anne-Marie.
Growing Vegetables Organically –
A free training event at Marlpit Community Garden
Before the event, Mahesh emailed several useful charts of planting guides and crop rotations.
On the day we gathered around the table, with coffee, tea, cake and flapjack, and Jon and Mahesh opened the session with a discussion of seeds and sowing methods. Jon had some humorous advice about the practicalities of using seed tapes and fluid sowing. The informal nature of the session meant that the discussion could respond to the interests and queries of those attending, so it was great for getting advice about a particular problem be that to do with seeds, sowing, mulching, earthing up or whatever.
The practical sessions consisted of a weed identification walk, plenty of those, and we noted the difference between creeping buttercup and meadow buttercup. Then Jon led a seedbed preparation workshop, demonstrating the use of different hoes and how to use a rake effectively to level the bed and draw off stones. We learned how to make a drill line using string and sticks and how to create drills of different sizes for different seeds. A revelation to me was the rose on Jon’s watering can that produced a fine linear spray pattern, ideal for watering the drill, rather than the usual ‘showerhead’ spray pattern. Finally, we had experience at pricking out some modular grown seedlings, learning about safe handing to protect the plants and their roots.
Jon and Mahesh were very knowledgeable and genial hosts. It was a valuable experience for me as a beginner as well as for much more experienced growers.
Anne-Marie Steward (New member GO2)
Plenty of delicious jams available to buy for just £2.50 a jar.
Plum, mixed fruit, rhubarb and gooseberry to name a few!
Speak to Hannah or Mahesh
Half Term Bee Activity – Cancelled
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our half term bee-keeping activity as Tish, our wonderful bee-keeper, is unwell. I’m sure we’d all like to wish Tish well, and for a speedy recovery.
Students from UEA visiting – all members welcome!
SATURDAY 26TH MAY 2018 (10am-2pm) – MARLPIT COMMUNITY GARDEN
Lunch will be provided.
A group of UEA students will be spending the day with us to help manage the garden and learn about what we do, we will then all enjoy a home cooked lunch.
All SLI members are welcome to join but please, let us know if you will be attending for catering purposes!
Everyone is welcome to our annual midsummer evening picnic
Wednesday 20th June from 6pm at GO2 Bluebell.
Bring food and drink for yourself or to share. Family and friends welcome. And keep your fingers crossed for good weather!
Many congratulations to everyone who helped with shed painting on May 6th. It was wonderful to see so many people participating, we got a huge amount done, and the sheds looks so much better in their new paint!
Please could everyone bear in mind that individual plot holders are responsible for cutting the grass around their plots. Some are looking very wild at the moment! It is to your benefit to keep it short – slugs and snails will happily take up residence in long grass and then come out to eat your crops, but they don’t like short grass half so much.
Planting and Sowing for Summer
The Bluebell greenhouse is bursting at the seams, full of little plants waiting to go in the ground once any danger of frost has passed. This week the courgette, sweet corn and runner bean plants will be put into the covered stand to be hardened off. If it stays mild they’ll be ready for planting in the last week of May. These are greedy plants so give them plenty of space, add compost or manure to the planting hole, and water well once you’ve planted. Squash, cucumber, purple sprouting broccoli and Brussels sprout plants will also be ready soon.
It’s not too late to plant potatoes. There are Orla (earlies) and Lady Balfour (main crop) ready in the big shed. And there’s plenty still to sow. Beetroot, carrots, turnips, spinach, Swiss Chard, French and runner beans, lettuce, radish and spring onions, if sown now, will all give a crop later in the summer.