If you wish to attend any ‘Training’ it is essential you confirm with Mahesh – sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

EVENTS

July
General Volunteering – Every Tues. (10am-2pm) – Marlpit
Forest Gardening – Every Thurs. (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
Volunteer Day and Food-share – Sun. 1st (10am-1pm) – Bluebell
Pick Your Own – Mon. 9th (2pm-4pm) – Marlpit
Training: Pests and Diseases – Sat. 21st (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
August
General Volunteering – Every Tues. (10am-2pm) – Marlpit
Forest Gardening – Every Thurs. (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
Volunteer Day and Food-share – Sun. 5th (10am-2pm) – Bluebell
Workshop: Jam Making – Sat. 18th (10-1) – Marlpit


Sow something new at GO2?

Why not try something new this midsummer? There are many crops which, when sown after mid June, produce into late summer and autumn. Fennel, pak choi, red mustard, kohl rabi and broccoli raab all germinate and grow quickly. Keep them weeded and watered and they will produce leaves, stems or flower sprouts to add spice and crunch to salads and stir fries. Black radish is a another very useful crop. I sowed a row last July and it produced black spherical roots, some the size of tennis balls. Roasted, along with carrots, onions and parsnip and a touch of olive oil and maple syrup, they were very tasty, losing any strong radish flavour to a mild sweetness.
Seeds and more information can be found at the back of the big shed, along with beetroot, carrots, spinach, lettuce and spring onion seeds which can still be sown.

At the time of writing there are still courgettes, squashes, sweet corn, French and runner bean plants available on the table alongside the greenhouse. Fennel, cavolo nero and other kale plants will be put out as they become ready.

Water supply to dip tanks at GO2

If the dip tanks are not refilling with water, remember to connect GO2’s water supply to the mains. Don’t be surprised if it takes some time to feed through as this will refill the big tanks behind the main shed first. If you’re not sure how to do this, please ask one of the team leaders.
Click here to see how it works
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Gooseberries at Bluebell GO2

There are communal gooseberries ready for picking. The bushes are under netting on the left hand side of the path going from the greenhouse to the crossroads (where our horse muck heap is). Please help yourself!

Homemade Jam

Plenty of delicious jams available to buy for just £2.50 a jar.
Thanks to our recent jam making workshop we have gooseberry, mixed fruit and rhubarb with plenty more to be made on Saturday 18th August.


Good Gym 

The lovely lot at GoodGym literally ran all the way to Marlpit to give us a hand weeding and trimming in preparation for this month’s Open Day. They do a super job and we hope to see them back again soon!

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Fundraising Post-Robbery

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)

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

SLI April Newsletter

First of all, a big welcome to all our new members!

Don’t miss next week’s workshops on:
Scything – Tuesday 24th – 10am-2pm (Marlpit)
Shitake Mushroom Growing – Thursday 26th – 10am-1pm (Marlpit)

MARLPIT

I’m sure most of you will be aware that Marlpit suffered a break-in over the Easter weekend leaving us without power tools and much of the equipment we need. After speaking to local businesses, and raising awareness through social media, we have received approximately £300 through donations which will help us replace some of what was taken.
For more info, see the article written by the EDP

Vacant Plots
We still have many vacant plots at Marlpit so if you know of anyone who would like to get involved then please put them in touch with Mahesh or Hannah.
Sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk
Hannah@grow-our-own.co.uk
Jam and Honey
We have now sold the final jar of delicious honey from last year but there are still plenty of jams available to buy for just £2.50 a jar.
Speak to Hannah or Mahesh
Training: Growing Vegetables Organically
with Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant

SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018 (10am-1pm) – MARLPIT COMMUNITY GARDEN

FREE for all SLI members with refreshments provided.

Learn about:
– Growing vegetables from seed
– Plant family and crop rotation
– Types of Seed
– Seed sowing techniques
– Seed sowing in modules
– Indoor sowing
– Sowing Seed Directly in the Ground
– Looking after plants: watering, mulching and plant protection
– Seed saving

BOOKING ESSENTIAL
sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

BLUEBELL

Shed Painting
One of the tasks for a volunteering Sunday this year is to paint the big
shed, toilet shed and blue shed. However, this needs dry weather so it’s hard to predict when we’ll do this. Please take a look at the weather forecast if you’re coming to a volunteering Sunday from now on, and if dry, wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint splashes on! Extra paint brushes and trays would also come in handy, so please bring these if you have them available. We’ll be using a non-toxic water based paint so it should wash out of brushes.
Vacant plots at Bluebell
There are a couple of plots remaining from last year which are somewhat overgrown so are now available at half price (£10) for the rest of the year. The area down from the greenhouse (which used to be communal soft fruit) has also been marked out for normal plots. However, these plots are in a rather poor condition – very overgrown, in dire need of a *lot* of compost, uneven paths around them. They are therefore available free of charge this year for any member who wishes to tackle the work required to bring them into condition.
Please speak to Gillian or Christine if you’re interested.

Spring at last?
At last, fingers crossed, spring seem to have arrived, and there is plenty to go into the soil as it warms. If you haven’t done so already, clear the ground of weeds and rake in a layer of compost. There’s a heap alongside the path near to the Red shed. Broad beans, carrots, turnips, beetroot, parsnip, spinach, spring onions and peas of all kinds can be sown now. Seeds for these are in jars and small packets at the back of the big shed.

There are early potatoes, also in the shed, ready to go in the ground. You could even risk sowing a few dwarf French beans. However, for both potatoes and beans, once they show above the ground, be prepared to cover with fleece or similar if overnight frost is forecast.

There will be a few lettuce plants ready soon, with more to come in the next couple of weeks. Outside the greenhouse, there are strawberry plants ready for planting. These should produce fruit this year.
– Bridget

Annual Report
SLI’s Annual Report for 2016-17 has now been published.

It’s lovely to look back on all that has been achieved at both Bluebell and Marlpit and it allows us to see just how much we have grown.

Click the picture on the left to read.

EVENTS

April
General Volunteering – Every Tues. (10am-2pm) – Marlpit
Forest Gardening – Every Thurs. (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
Workshop: Scything – Tues. 24th (10am-2pm) – Marlpit
Workshop: Shitake Mushroom Growing – Thurs. 26th (10am-1pm) – Marlpit

May
General Volunteering – Every Tues. (10am-2pm) – Marlpit
Forest Gardening – Every Thurs. (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
Volunteer Day and Food-share – Sun. 6th (10am-1pm) – Bluebell
Training: Growing Veg Organically – Sat. 12th (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
– Note change of date from previous newsletter

June
General Volunteering – Every Tues. (10am-2pm) – Marlpit
Forest Gardening – Every Thurs. (10am-1pm) – Marlpit
Volunteer Day and Food-share – Sun. 1st (10am-1pm) – Bluebell
Training: Rhubarb Jam Making – Sat. 16th (from 10am) – Marlpit Community Centre
Open Day: MCG Open Day – Sat. 23rd (11am-4pm) – Marlpit

 

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: Hannah@grow-our-own.co.uk

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: www.facebook.com/groups/SLI.Marlpit/
Bluebell Members: www.facebook.com/groups/GO2Bluebell/
Public page: www.facebook.com/SLI.Norwich

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 (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk) 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.
sustainable@grow-our-own.co.ukYou can see SUMA’s entire range of organic, fair-traded, and vegan products here:
www.sumawholesale.com

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

March
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

April
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

Newsletter February 2018

Dear SLI Members,
This is your first Newsletter of the year 2018 with notices, and information about forthcoming events. From now on, all SLI members including the Grow-Our-Own (GO2) Bluebell and Marlpit Community Garden members will receive our newsletter once a month around the third week of each month. For information about training and other social events planned and handy gardening tips, please visit members’ page on our website or contact us at sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

If you have a plot in GO2 Bluebell and would like to know what seeds and plants are available, please read the message from the GO2 Bluebell Seed and Plant team below.

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 3pm.  Marlpit Community Garden also has a regular volunteering session on every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by home-cooked lunch. All welcome!

We still have plots available on Bluebell as well as on Marlpit sites, so please do tell your friends and families who might like to have a small plot.

Forthcoming events

Sunday 4th March, 2018, 10 am 1 pm. The first volunteering Sunday of this year followed by food-share lunch.
The first volunteering Sunday will be on 4th March, starting at 10am, with a focus on tools and sheds.  Jane’s special sausage rolls available for all volunteers!  Afterwards there will be the usual food-sharing lunch at 1pm.

Saturday 17 March, 2018: Training on all about soil: digging, mulching, composting and more, by Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant at Marlpit Community Garden, from 10 am to 1 pm.
This training is free of charge to SLI member and a fee of £10.0 for non-members. All tools, handouts and refreshments provided. Booking essential. To book you place, please email to sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk, subject – Training.

Sunday 1st April, 2018, 10 am to 1 pm. Spring welcome followed by food share lunch at GO2 Bluebell South Allotments.

All welcome! Please bring plenty of food and drinks, preferably homemade, to share and invite your friends and families.

Tuesday 24th April, 2018, 10 am 1pm. Scything training at Marlpit Community Garden.
This training is only for SLI members; anyone interested, please contact Mahesh (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk).

Thursday 26th April, 2018, 10 am 1 pm. Shiitake mushroom log inoculation workshop,at Marlpit Community Garden.

This workshop is only for SLI members. If interested, please contact Tish Kerkham (tishker@yahoo.co.uk).

Notices

February sun
When the wind drops, the sun comes out and there’s a promise of spring in the air, there are jobs that can be done on your plot.  A few raspberry canes planted now will produce fruit from August this year.  A small crown of rhubarb will take longer, a couple of years before it can be picked, but worth the wait.  Both are available, ready for planting, outside the greenhouse.  There are very few seeds that like being sown in cold ground, the ground won’t be warm enough until mid March or April.  But broad beans seeds can cope and a row sown now will produce pods in May or June.  There are seeds available in the big shed.
Bridget for Seeds and Plants team

December Newsletter 2017

Dear SLI Members

This is your last Newsletter of this year and the next Newsletter will come in February. If you would like to know about training, workshops and events planned for next year, please follow this link: (click here.)

I hope you had a good year on our community gardens. I would like to see you all in the New Year with renewed enthusiasm in growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and in helping our ‘growing community’ to prosper and sustain.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help.

Wishing you all a 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mahesh Pant

Founder member and Programme Manager

Recent visitors to MCG

UEA students volunteer at local community garden

Nineteen students from UEA took time out from their studies to volunteer at Marlpit Community Garden, Norwich, and to learn how to grow sustainable organic food.
The students weeded and cleared the herb garden, created raised beds and moved cut grass for mulching. The group all enjoyed a hard-earned lunch together, which was provided by the Community Garden using produce grown on site.

I really enjoyed volunteering for the day,” said Daniela Anda Leon, a DEV Student. “I’d never heard of the concept of a community garden before, but I think it’s a great opportunity to be a part of the food production process as so many of us have become distant from the origins of what we eat.

“It was great to meet the promoter of the community garden and to see how passionate and proud he is of what they’ve achieved. Over the few hours we volunteered we received more than we gave. The people from the garden were very generous, welcoming and keen to share their knowledge.”
The event was supported by the Sustainability team and Emily Lewis (click to read more), Assistant Environment Officer, also took part. “It was great to see students from UEA giving something back to the community. They also learnt a lot about sustainable food and the benefits of volunteering.”
If you’d like some more information about the community garden you can visit their website, for more information about volunteering opportunities visit the UEA volunteering webpages.
info@uea.ac.uk

November Newsletter

Notices and information about forthcoming events. For information about what to grow, when and how, please visit members’ page on our website or contact us at sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Thanks to those members who attended SLI AGM on Sunday 5th November at Marlpit Community Centre. The minutes of the meeting are available to members (click here).

If you have a plot in Grow-Our-Own (GO2) Bluebell and would like to know what seeds and plants are available, please read the message from the GO2 Bluebell Seed and Plant team below. As this Newsletter comes only once a month, you will find the latest information and updates on the noticeboard on site.

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 3pm.  Marlpit Community Garden also has a regular volunteering session on every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by home-cooked lunch. All welcome!

We still have plots available on Bluebell as well as on Marlpit sites, so please do tell your friends and families who might like to have a small plot.

Finally, may I ask all GO2 Bluebell and Marlpit growers including Growing at Home members to send me a list of 10 vegetables that you would like to grow in 2018? Good quality organic seeds are expensive to produce; minimising seeds/plants waste is good for saving our money and saving the planet as well.  So far I have received only two replies!


Forthcoming events
Saturday 18th November: Training on how to grow and prune tree fruit and soft fruit, by Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant at Marlpit Community Garden, from 10 am to 1 pm.
(Course-notes are posted here.)

Sunday  3rd December,  10 am to 1 pm  Composting, Coppicing and Food-sharing lunch, at GO2  Bluebell South Allotments.

COMPOSTING
The three composting areas we have need a good tidying up and sorting prior to the winter.  Please come along and lend a hand. I’ll be there from 10am and hopefully we can sort it out within two or three hours. If you can’t make it for ten, please turn up when you can.

We’ll be weeding, strimming, moving stuff around and covering up those bays which are now full.

Thanks for your help.
 Phil, Composting Team

COPPICING
Mahesh will be running a session on coppicing – how to get your bean-poles and pea sticks free and how to make frames for climbing plants using  hazel poles and branches. If you are planning to grow  beans and peas next year, please come and learn how to harvest your beanpoles and  pea-sticks. No booking required, just turn up at 10 am.

FOOD-SHARING
As usual, at 1 pm, there will be food-sharing lunch; please bring something, preferably home-cooked food.


Christmas meal, Saturday 16 December 2017 at 1pm
We have booked Marlpit Community Centre for our Christmas meal and get together. We plan to serve Helen’s fantastic soup followed by a main meal. There will be vegetarian options. Please bring a pudding and your choice of drink. We are licensed  to bring our own alcohol.

Some help will be needed to set out tables and chairs and to prepare food. Suggested donation £5 to cover the cost of food and hall hire. If you wish to come please let Moira know by phoning 07855911331 or email food@grow-our-own.co.uk as soon as possible.
Last year was good fun and great chance to meet up. (http://grow-our-own.co.uk/christmas-lunch-2016/)


Notices

Soft-fruit plants available for free to SLI Members
Fruit bushes – raspberry, gooseberry and read/write currants plants are  available. If you are interested,  please come to GO2 Bluebell on 3rd December or to Marlpit on Tuesdays between 10  and 12.

GO2 Bluebell Shed winter schedule
Please note that from Sunday 19th of  November to Saturday 17th  February,  the main shed will not officially be attended on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. However, if you have got the main gate key and know where the toilet and big shed keys are, you can still access all our facilities on site.

Marlpit Community Garden winter schedule
From Wednesday 20th of December to Monday the 5th of February, there will be no regular volunteering session on Tuesday at Marlpit Community Garden.


Last plantings and preparation for winter
Broad beans sown in autumn are one of the first vegetables to crop in early summer. There are seeds in the big shed, and still time to sow a row or two.  There’s garlic too, ready for planting.  Garlic needs a cold period in the ground so if the weather turns wintery, just think how healthy your crop will be next year.

Preparing the ground on your plot now will give you and the crops a good start next year.  Clear any weeds and cover the ground, first with a thin layer of compost or manure and then with a mulch – cardboard or straw are best as they rot down and add organic matter.  The worms will pull the compost or manure into the soil, aerating it as they do so.

Bridget for Seeds and Plants team

October 2017

Notices and information about forthcoming events.
Welcome
First of all, a very warm welcome to both the new and renewed members of Sustainable Living Initiative (SLI). Whether you are interested in growing vegetables, fruit and herbs, or in learning about bees, wildlife and forest gardening or in improving gardening and cooking skills, you will find a lot going on.

SLI is run by volunteers; the long-term sustainability of the organisation depends on your cooperation and active participation. We currently have four Trustee vacancies. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please e-mail me at sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk , along with a copy of your brief CV before the AGM on 5th November.

If you have a plot in Grow-Our-Own (GO2) Bluebell and would like to know what seeds and plants are available, please read the message from the GO2 Bluebell Seed and Plant team below. As this Newsletter comes only once a month, you will find the latest information and updates on the noticeboard on site.

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 3pm. Marlpit Community Garden also has a regular volunteering session on every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by home-cooked lunch. All welcome!

We still have plots available on Bluebell as well as on Marlpit sites, so please do tell your friends and families who might like to have a small plot.

Finally, may I ask all GO2 Bluebell and Marlpit growers including Growing at Home members to send me a list of 10 vegetables that you would like to grow in 2018? Good quality organic seeds are costly; minimising seeds/plants waste is good for saving our money and saving the planet as well!

SLI evaluation

Dear All
Your responses to last year’s evaluation of our scheme have been extremely helpful. I am planning to send another evaluation to you all in October/November and will come and talk directly to people who are happy to chat, on volunteer days. The evaluation will be used to help Mahesh and the trustees plan for future developments and to support funding applications.
Many thanks for all your help and support with this.

Roberta Manners – GO2 Bluebell Plot holder and SLI Trustee

Forthcoming events

Saturday 21st October, 10 am to 3 pm.
Volunteers from the University of East Anglia are coming to Marlpit Community Garden. SLI members are welcome to join and stay for lunch. Please let Mahesh know if you are able to come and help: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Saturday 28st October, 10 – 1 pm
Cooking Authentic Nepali food, Sel Roti and vegetable curry, by Champa Neupane, Marlpit Community Centre,
Please follow this link to read about Sel Roti : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel_roti
Booking compulsory. Please book your place (maximum 10 person): sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk.

Sunday 5th November, 12 to 2:30 pm
SLI AGM at Marlpit Community Centre
What next for SLI? It’s your say about SLI. Lunch available. Please let Mahesh know if you would like to stay for lunch after the AGM.
NB – no food-sharing at Bluebell this day

Saturday 18th November, 10 – 1 pm
Training on how to grow and prune tree fruit and soft fruit, with Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant at Marlpit Community Garden.
Please book by sending an email to sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Notices

Growing fruit and vegetables: an introductory training course at GO2 Bluebell on Sunday 15th October
On Sunday 15th October, about seven new growers turned up for an excellent introduction to basic gardening techniques from Mahesh and Jon Darby of Easton Horticultural College. We covered preparation of soil, dealing with weeds, compost and muck, whether or not to go for raised beds (best not!), crop rotation and only planting ‘easy to grow’ crops in the first year. After that we had a digging demonstration which obviously helped a few people get going on their plots. Many of these subjects will be taken up later in the year at sessions at Marlpit so watch out for details, and don’t miss them!! Those interested then had an introduction to using the petrol strimmer.

The Bluebell Model Allotment Association has sent round notice that Bluebell North is seeing a lot of rats. If you notice rats on our site, please let us know.
Christine Wilson, GO2 Bluebell Admin Team

GO2 Bluebell Shed Winter Schedule
Please note that from Sunday 19th November to Saturday 17th February, the main shed will not officially be attended on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. However, if you have got the main gate key and know where the toilet and big shed keys are, you can still access all our facilities on site.

Autumn planting at Bluebell
Broad beans can be sown any time from now until November, to give a crop in late spring next year. There are broad bean seeds, Super Aquadulce and some heritage varieties, in the big shed.

Garlic and overwintering onions are also in the big shed. Onions can be planted from now until November. Garlic is best planted from late October into November. There are planting instructions for all in the big shed, on the window and in a file on the table.
Bridget for Seeds and Plants team.

 

To all members.
We need your help for our annual Open Day at Bluebell on Sunday 1st October between 11am and 3pm.
Please contribute cakes, savouries and nibbles for voluntary contributions. All food should be labelled for ingredients. Please put your name on plates and containers so that they can be returned later. I will be there from 10 am.
Phil will be in charge of the apple press and will need some help with fruit picking and pressing.
Tea and coffee will also be available.
We need helpers to look after the stalls, so if you can help or make a contribution you can phone me on 01603 440444 or text 07855 911331 to leave a message.
There will be no Foodshare lunch on that day but the admin team will be signing up members for new plots. Let’s hope for a fine day like last Sunday. See you there.
Moira (and the food team)

September Newsletter

Notices and information about forthcoming events. For information about what to grow, when and how, please visit members’ page or contact sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk.

If you have a plot in Grow-Our-Own (GO2) Bluebell and would like to know what seeds and plants are available, please read the message from the GO2 Bluebell Seed and Plant team below. As this Newsletter comes only once a month, you will find the latest information and updates on the noticeboard on site.

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 3pm.  Marlpit Community Garden also has a regular volunteering session on every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by home-cooked lunch. All welcome!

Forthcoming events

Sunday 24th September: World River Day organised by Norwich Rivercare Group, at Marlpit Community Centre from 12:30 to 4 pm.
Marlpit Community Garden will be hosting the visitors during the day and we need volunteers to welcome the visitors. Please contact Mahesh – sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk, if you are able to help.

Sunday 1st October: GO2 Open Day, Bluebell South allotments, 11 am – 3 pm
Time to renew your annual membership, apple pressing, stalls, refreshments; bring friends and family!

Would anyone like to help with renewals? We have one person each hour from 10 – 2 but it’s helpful to have a second person and we need people from 2 – 3. We may have visitors interested in taking a plot so they need showing round. Please email Christine if you can help: admin@grow-our-own.co.uk

Sunday 15th October: Basic gardening techniques and strimmer demo at GO2, 10 am – 12 pm
This session is a must for new growers!  it is free but booking is essential.
Basic gardening techniques and important things to know how to get the best out of your plot. Also for those interested: how to use the power tools such as petrol strimmer.  Please book your place by emailing to: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Tuesday 19th October:  10 am to 3 pm.
Norwich Union (Aviva) team coming to Marlpit to help with the conservation work.  Any help from our members is appreciated. Members will get free lunch.

Saturday 28th October: Cooking Nepali food, Marlpit Community Centre, 10 – 1 pm
Details later.
Please let Mahesh  know in advance if you would like to come: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Sunday 5th November: SLI AGM at Marlpit Community Centre, 12 to 3 pm
What next for SLI? It’s your say about SLI. Refreshments available.  Details later.
NB – no food-sharing at Bluebell this day

 Notices

IMPORTANT NOTICE, PLEASE READ!

All GO2 Bluebell and Marlpit Community Garden plot holders should have received a personal email about plot renewal. If you have not received an e-mail from Sustainable Living Initiative, please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Mahesh Pant
e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk
Tel: 01603 920570

Autumn planting at Bluebell

There will be lettuce, red mustard frills and giant red mustard plants available from the covered stand outside the greenhouse.  Lettuces planted now will stay small all winter but, with fleece protection if possible, will start growing in early spring to give an early crop.  The red mustards should keep growing through the winter, giving leaves to pick in all but the coldest weather.

Broad beans seeds can be sown any time from now until November, to give a crop in late spring next year.  The trick is to get the new plants big enough to survive the cold, but not so big that they are rocked by the wind.  I’ll be sowing mine in mid-October, depending on the weather.  There are broad bean seeds, variety Super Aquadulce, in the big shed.

Garlic and overwintering onions will be arriving soon in the big shed.  Onions can be sown from now until November.  Garlic is best planted from late October into November.  There are planting instructions for all in the big shed, on the window and in a file on the table.
 Bridget for Seeds and Plants team.

GO2 Open Day 2017

Sunday 1ST October from 11 to 3 at Bluebell South allotments

Time to renew your annual membership, apple pressing, stalls, refreshments, bring friends and family! There will be plots available.
Please contact Christine if you can help: admin@grow-our-own-co.uk

Poster

August Newsletter

Notices, and information about forthcoming events.

If you have a plot in Grow-Our-Own (GO2) Bluebell and would like to know what seeds and plants are available, please read the message from the GO2 Bluebell Seed and Plant team below. As this Newsletter comes only once a month, you will also find the latest information and updates on the noticeboard on site.

If you are a Grow-at-Home member or have a plot in Marlpit Community Garden (MCG), please come and see us on Tuesdays from 10 am until 3pm.  Marlpit Community Garden also has a regular volunteering session on every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by home-cooked lunch. All welcome!

Forthcoming events

Saturday 19th August, 10 am 1 pm.  Indian cooking with Viji, at Marlpit Community Centre.
This session is free to all SLI members but booking is essential; there will be charge for non-members. Please e-mail sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk or call 01603920570 and leave a message to book.

Tuesday 22nd August, 10 am to 3 pm.
Norwich Union (Aviva) team coming to Marlpit to help with the conservation work.  Any help from our members will be appreciated. Members will get free lunch.

Sunday 3rd September, 10 am to 1 pm.  General maintenance tasks  and food-sharing lunch, at GO2  Bluebell South Allotments.
Just a reminder about our regular volunteering day, we would like more helping hands to carry out a number of essential maintenance tasks. At the last volunteering day on 6th August, hardly anyone came but there were over 20 people at food-sharing lunch!

Amy from the Food Team says, it would make everything easier if you could bring your own utensils and take them home with you. If you use the utensils from the shed, please wash up using the facility available on site.  Help with clearing up after lunch is always welcome.

Sunday 10th September, 12-30 to 3:30 pm, Vintage cycle rally at Marlpit Pub, Hellesdon Road.
SLI will have a stall at the event and will be selling  vegetarian food, cakes, jams and honey.  If you could help in cooking or running  stall, please let Mahesh know: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Tuesday 12th September,  10 am to 3 pm.
Norwich Union (Aviva) team coming to Marlpit to help with the conservation work.  Any help from our members will be appreciated. Members will get free lunch.

Sunday 1st October, 11am to 3pm: GO2 Open Day, Bluebell South allotments

Time to renew your annual membership, apple pressing, stalls, refreshments, bring friends and family! There will be plots available. Please contact Christine if you can help: admin@grow-our-own-co.uk

Sunday 15th October, 10 am – 1pm: Basic gardening techniques and strimmer demo at GO2
This session is a must for new growers!
Basic gardening techniques and important things to know how to get the best out of your plots. Also for those interested: how to use the power tools such as petrol strimmer. Please book your place by emailing to: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Saturday 21st October, 10am to 1pm: Cooking and preserving, Marlpit Community Centre
Cooking using seasonal produce. Please inform Mahesh in advance if you want to go: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Sunday 5th November, 12 to 3pm: SLI AGM at Marlpit Community Centre
What next for SLI? It’s your say about SLI. Refreshments available.  Details later.
NB – no food-sharing at Bluebell this day

 Notices

Late summer seeds and plants at Bluebell
There’s still time to sow a few seeds.  If sown now, Swiss chard and red
mustard frills will both grow during the autumn and winter months and
provide you with cut-and-come-again leaves to add to soup or a stir fry.

It’s also time to get the soil ready for autumn sowings of broad beans,
garlic and overwintering onions.  Once the summer crops have been gathered, think about sowing a green manure.  If sown now the plants will germinate quickly and grow fast to protect the bare soil.  When dug in they add organic matter to the soil.  Digging in can be in a couple of months, ready for autumn sowing, or in early spring as the soil warms up.  There are packets of buckwheat and phacelia seeds on the table at the back of the shed.

There will be a few spring cabbage plants outside the greenhouse at the end of August and overwintering lettuce plants in early September.  Both will need protection, the first with netting to stop the pigeons, the second with fleece during the cold winter months.
Bridget, for Seed and Plant Team at GO2 Bluebell

Indian Cookery in August

Tree spinach and courgette

Click here for more pictures

On Saturday 19th August at Marlpit Community Centre half a dozen people came to help and learn.

Thanks to Vigi, who kindly and expertly showed us how to prepare locally grown vegetables using methods and extra ingredients from South India.

We learnt how to use vatha kuzhambu / vatral kujambu, a vegetable curry paste.

I have made a gallery (click here).