May Newsletter 2018

Homemade Jam

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!


Midsummer Celebration!

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!


Shed Painting

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!

Painting the Green Shed – SLI Volunteers 

before and after

Grass

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.
– Bridget