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).

May Newsletter

with notices, and information about forthcoming events. For information about what to grow, when and how, please visit members’ page or contact us at 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 3 pm.  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 04 June,  10 am to 1 pm:  Central path improvement and food-sharing lunch, at GO2  Bluebell South Allotments.
Thanks to all those who helped with weeding and clearing various strips by the greenhouse on  first  Sunday in May. It was a very good turnout!

This time, we are hoping to improve the central path.  Also the grass is growing fast now and about to sends its seeds everywhere, so we all need to clear our paths.

Saturday 17th June, 10 am to 1 pm, Cooking using seasonal produce, at Marlpit Community Centre.
Please let Mahesh know (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk)   if you would like to cook or learn how to cook.

Saturday 24th June, 12 to 4 pm, Marlpit Community Garden Open Day, at Marlpit Community Garden.
Please let Mahesh know (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk) if you are able to make cakes, organise activities and help with general tasks on the day.

Notices
Admin Team at GO2 Bluebell
Rita will be arranging the next rota. If you’d like to help by spending a Wednesday or Sunday morning, please let us know: admin@grow-our-own.co.uk.   It is a nice thing to do as you get to meet people and find out what’s going on.

Water, water everywhere?? Not always. It’s very important for everyone that the hose is connected to the tap by the carpark and that the tap is on. Sunday the week before, some tanks were nearly empty and not filling. This was because the big tank behind the shed was not sufficiently full and so it wasn’t feeding through to the smaller tanks. If the dry weather continues we will all be using more water. When you arrive/leave, please check that the hose is attached and the tap is on, provided that another plot holder isn’t using it of course! Valves in the large tank will stop the flow when it’s full. There are instructions for the watering system on the small tanks and in the shed.
Christine, Admin team Leader

Seeds and plants Team at GO2 Bluebell
The very end of May and beginning of June bring the promise of frost free nights and so the time to plant the tender crops that have been sheltering in the GO2greenhouse.  If it stays mild, the first few courgettes and beans will go out onto the tables beside the greenhouse over the bank holiday weekend.  There will be many more to come during June, so there’s no hurry.  We’ll add butternut squash, sweetcorn, climbing French and Borlotti beans, leek and salad plants as they become ready.

Courgette and squash plants grow large so give them plenty of room to grow.  They are also hungry plants so add a good spadeful of muck or compost to the planting hole, and water in well.

Runner beans, Borlotti and climbing French beans are grown vertically, so take up less space.  A mixture of plants grown on a wigwam of poles will give colourful display, and a variety of tasty beans, over a long period.

If you’re not sure how far apart or how deep to plant, look at the grower guides displayed in the big shed.
Bridget for Seeds and Plants team

Finally, do you want to be able to use a petrol strimmer? If so, training will be available on Sunday 4thof June between 11:30 and 1 pm at GO2 Bluebell South Allotments (subject to enough people signing up). Please let Mahesh know (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk)  if you are interested.

April News

 Dear SLI Members
This is your April Newsletter with notices, and information about forthcoming events. For information about what to grow, when and how, look here on the website or contact us at 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 2 pm.  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!


SLI Evaluation Findings
Thank you so much for your views and ideas about SLI. What a positive response! The evaluation report can be found at http://grow-our-own.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SLI-evaluation-report-by-RM.pdf
Some of your suggestions have begun to be implemented – particularly the ones that don’t need immediate additional funding.   For example

  • A monthly volunteering morning has been re-introduced at Bluebell
  • There is a permanent notice board at Bluebell
  • The email newsletter has returned
  • Information about the project went out in “The Citizen” and new leaflets have been designed.
  • There are training sessions for all members at Marlpit Community Centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
  • Plans for improved signage are underway.

If you have particular comments to make about the evaluation findings and/or ideas about tackling the “Challenges for the Future” of SLI please contact Mahesh or one of the trustees.
Roberta Manners


Forthcoming events
Sunday 7th May:  Maintenance and food-sharing lunch at GO2Bluebell
Volunteering morning helping with general maintenance around the site. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible. There will be refreshments at 11 and the food-sharing lunch will take place at 1 pm. If you intend staying for lunch, and we hope you will, please bring a dish to share. You can use some produce from your plot if you have any, or cook up some beans or grains, or make a salad or dessert. All contributions are welcome and if you’ve been coming for some time, you’ll know what culinary surprises can turn up! If you don’t know what to bring, good bread is nice. You can ask us for some ideas as there are plenty of things that are inexpensive and easy! See you then!
Christine Wilson

Saturday 20th May: Growing Vegetables Organically at Marlpit Community Garden, 10 am. – 1 pm.
Whether you are a novice grower or a grower with some experience, this session is a must. The session will cover topics like plant family, crop rotation, growing from seed, looking after you plants and seed-saving techniques.  This session will be jointly run by Jon Darby (horticulture lecturer) and Mahesh Pant.

Saturday 20th May:  Herbal Medicine Workshop at Marlpit Community Garden, 1 – 4:30 pm.
Dan Wheals, Medical Herbalist will run a herbal medicine workshop which will talk about herb growing tips and cultivating culinary herbs, making herbal remedies and take-home creams.

Both sessions are free to all SLI members; please book to reserve your place by sending an e-mail to: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk


Notices
Admin Team at GO2 Bluebell
Welcome to several new members, the youngest being five weeks old! We still have a few plots if you have any friends who are interested.

Seeds and plants Team at GO2 Bluebell
The first salad plants – lettuce, mibuna, mizuna and red mustard frills – will be available for growers from Sunday 23rd April.  They will be on the open table alongside the greenhouse.  Take just a few plants; there will be more to come in the weeks ahead.
There are Lady Balfour potatoes to plant and plenty of seeds to sow now.  Small packets of radish, turnip, beetroot, spinach, carrot, spring onion and parsnip seeds are on the table at the back of the shed.
If you’re unsure about how to sow or plant ask whoever is on duty in the shed.  Or look at the growing guides available for each crop.  These are displayed in the window of the shed, or on the table at the back.
Bridget, for Seed and Plant team

Composting Team at GO2 Bluebell
Thanks to all who came and helped with the composting on 2nd April. This has opened up two compost heaps which have been labelled, so if your soil level is low, you can add to it.
Phil Young

Main picnic area – with planting-bathtubs.

WWW – wildlife welcomes weeds

Compost ready to be used – in the main composting area

Compost ready to be used – near the “crossroads”

Active compost heap near the Red Sheds

 

A small picnic area near the Red Sheds

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 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 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), compost@grow-our-own.co.uk

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: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk ; Tel: 01603 920570

Notices

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 admin@grow-our-own.co.uk

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

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: schollet@yahoo.co.uk

Rhubarb Jam Saturday 7th May 2016

On a sunny Saturday morning, 6 people set out to make rhubarb jam. This is what they did and what you can do, too!

Rhubarb jam recipe:
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You need
Rhubarb ( obviously)
Sugar
½ Lemon
sterilised jars
(optional: add ginger)
plate(s)

Preparation:

-Mix 1:1 Rhubarb & sugar and leave overnight in a container (maybe even in your saucepan already). Next day, you will see that out of nowhere (=the rhubarb) a lot of water has appeard in your container. This is the only liquid you use in the jam-making process.

Jam making:
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-In a saucepan, heat the watery rhubarb/sugar mixture.
-Keep stirring to avoid the sugar going to the bottom and burning.
-No phones, No answering the door, while making jam!!
-stir until the mixture thickens and bubbles like a magic potion, has changed colour (reddish) and has passed the “old man’s test”.

Old man’s test:
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In order to see whether the setting point has been reached you can either use a thermometer – it is set when the temperature is about 104°C OR do the old man’s test!

If you suspect your jam has the characteristics described above, put a spoonful of the jam onto a clean plate. Let it sit a bit and then use your finger to “scrape” through the jam ( see picture). Should the jam make little wrinkles (like an old man has) in front of your finger, it is ready to be filled into jars. Should it part smoothly in front of your finger, when going through, you have to keep stirring and wait for a bit longer.
-The test can be repeated several times
-Don’t waste the trial jam – you can lick it off the plate while stirring (:

We made two batches of rhubarb jam. One is pure rhubarb, and the other one contains sweet sugared ginger bits. If you add this kind of ginger, you could use a bit less sugar.
Whatever quantity of rhubarb jam you make, add the ginger depending on your taste. The amounts vary a lot in different online recipes. You can reduce the sugar accordingly.
Alternatively, you can also use a big ginger root, peel it and scratch the surface. Then wrap it into a muslin cloth and add into the jam. Take it out once you fill the jam into the jars.

Followed by this jam making, we had delicious lunch prepared for us by Mahesh, with a delicious crumble made by Amy for dessert.

Annemarie

Hello Members,

We have a lot of surplus rhubarb which we need to cook.
Mahesh will be cooking rhubarb jam at Marlpit Community Centre on Saturday 7th May between 10 and 1 pm. If you can help or would like to learn how to make jam then come along but places are limited so please book your place by phoning me on 01603 440444 or e-mail food@grow-our-own.co.uk
Happy gardening,

Moira (Food team)

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Marmalade Workshop

6th February from 10am until 2pm.
jimjam-jarsBridget will be running a workshop at her home, sharing her marmalade methods.

Could you find clean jars and help us by bringing them to Bluebell or Marlpit. Every time we raise money by selling preserves we need to acquire more jars.
Kitchen space is limited, so if you already know all about making marmalade, give a novice a chance to learn, otherwise if you want to join in contact the Food Team,

food@grow-our-own.co.uk

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Christmas Meal Reminder- do tell us if you are coming!

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Saturday 19th December at Marlpit Community Centre at 1pm

The Members’ Christmas Meal will have a festive menu including a choice of soups, chicken or vegetarian dishes with plenty of roast vegetables. Please bring a dessert if you can, and a bottle if you wish – soft drinks or alcohol – the premises are licensed. We’ll have collecting tins for voluntary donations to help with the costs.

We already have offers of help from the Food Team but we will need volunteers to help with clearing up afterwards.
Please tell us whether you are coming before Friday 18th,

– we need to know numbers in advance to plan how much to harvest and to cook – and let us know if you are vegetarian.

Email Moira on the link below or phone 01603 440444 or 07855 911331

Moira – The Food Team

Christmas 2015

Grow Our Own - Christmas Party 2014

Grow Our Own – Christmas Party 2014

On Saturday 19th December at Marlpit Community Centre 1pm, the Members’ Christmas Meal will have a festive menu including a choice of soups, roast chicken or vegetarian dishes with plenty of roast vegetables. Please bring a dessert if you can, and a bottle if you wish – soft drinks or alcohol – the premises are licensed. We’ll have collecting tins for voluntary donations to help with the costs.

We already have offers of help from the Food Team but we will need volunteers to help with clearing up afterwards.
Please tell us before Thursday 17th, if you are coming  – we will need to know numbers in advance to plan how much to cook – and let us know if you are vegetarian.

Email Moira on the link below or phone 01603 440444

Moira – The Food Team

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Food event

Ricardo’s Masterclass at Marlpit Community Centre – Saturday 28th November 2015

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About a dozen would-be chefs gathered at the Marlpit Community Centre to learn the tricks of the trade from Ricardo, our resident professional. We cooked four dishes: tortillas de patatas (potato omelette to you); spinach and ricotta ravioli; kale gnocchis; and to round it off – sensational sopaipillas with panela – pumpkin and flour patties deep fried with a sweet orange sauce. Yum!

Rochelle Wilson

Click here to see the recipes.

Refreshments for Open Day at GO2 Bluebell

Ten jars of Apple and Tomatillo Chutney and four of Apple and Cinnamon Jelly

Ten jars of Apple and Tomatillo Chutney and four of Apple and Cinnamon Jelly

Please donate refreshments for our Open Day on Sunday 4th October, which starts at 12.00

Any savouries, preferably finger foods and cakes or buns which don’t require plating up would be ideal.

Please label any food items and also any containers if necessary.traybake

We have a selection of jams and chutneys made with our produce over the past few weeks and we will have freshly pressed apple and pear juice.
Moira will be at the Shed on Saturday morning from 11am if you would like to leave anything.
The Food Team will be getting things ready on Sunday morning from 10.45 and any offers of help on the day would be very welcome. Moira can be contacted through the newsletter or food@grow-our-own.co.uk.

Thanks Moira

Med Food

"Fruit and Nuts Pie" by Nuhad

“Fruit and Nuts Pie” by Nuhad

There are no places left to cook Mediterranean dishes on Saturday 26th September from 10.00 until 2pm.

Moira

P1050906The new office at Marlpit Community Centre has great kitchen facilities with space for small groups to cook all sorts of seasonal produce and share their skills.

If you’d like to cook Mediterranean dishes, we are planning a session on Saturday 26th September from 10.00 until 2pm.

To experience these culinary delights, e-mail me at moira@froud.org to reserve a place, and if you could share a cooking skill or recipe, please let me know. Please don’t be shy, just let me know by e-mail or leave a message in the book in the shed.

Moira and the Food Team

Cooking Session at Marlpit Community Centre

bbcgoodfood.com.recipe-image-legacy-id--994576_10Last Saturday’s (8th August) Jam and Chutney Making Workshop was a complete success – ten of us attended and it was very informative.
We made a batch of nectarine jam (nectarines from Mahesh’s garden) and some rhubarb and beetroot chutney.

So this Saturday 15th August we have booked another Cooking Session @ Marlpit Community Centre.

Come and join us at 10 and let’s produce some yummy food we can enjoy for lunch together. Microwave Raspberry jam, Courgette Fritters, Onion Marmalade, and some garlic aioli and we will have lot’s more goodies to eat.

Amy and Helen

First Sunday Food Share

As always, we’re sharing the bounty of the allotments on Sunday 2nd August 2015
Check what you have that’s ready – there does seem to be plenty.
If you look in the communal areas you may see fruit or vegetables which are ripe for harvest and sharing.
This morning I went and looked, and found over a kilo of ripe red gooseberries and quite a lot of currants. Most of the first-crop raspberries had gone, and the blackberries are not yet ready, but will be very soon.

Apples and other fruit need thinning – we have work to do! RHS have good advice.
I took photos of what was there and then went home to make a Summer Pudding for Sunday.

I looked at some ideas online first and then started.

Clockwise from top : Redcurrants, Whitecurrants, Raspberries, Red Gooseberries, Green Gooseberries and Gooseberry thorns

Clockwise from top : Redcurrants, Whitecurrants, Raspberries, Red Gooseberries, Green Gooseberries and Gooseberry thorns

It took over an hour topping and tailing the fruit and picking out leaves and thorns.
Cooking was very quick and we’ll taste the results soon!
Click on links to see what I saw and what I did with the fruit, which looks amazing…

Summer Pudding after turning out

Summer Pudding after turning out

Jim (for the Food Team)

Training at Marlpit Community Garden and our new office at Marlpit Community Centre.

Next Training Day on the second Saturday in August (the 8th) is titled “Harvesting and preserving fruit and vegetables

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We’ll be making jams and chutneys in the kitchen at the new office, above you can see what we made last year to raise funds.

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If you’d like to join in, make a booking on the website – click here.

All hands to the pump!

Sunday 1st February

A work-morning followed by lunch. If you are new and you want help with digging over your plot, please come up at 11 am. First come first served! If you are an old hand, please come and welcome new people and help them get started.
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First Sunday Food-sharing Lunch at 1 pm.

Volunteering Days are also on the first Sunday of the month. If you know of anyone who would like to come and do some work at Bluebell, they are most welcome and can stay for the food-sharing lunch at 1 pm. They don’t need to bring a contribution.

Things to do this month.

Such as – prune autumn-fruiting raspberries to about four inches from the ground.

For other ideas, look on the website (password garlic), there is a calendar and much helpful advice based on gardening at Bluebell Allotments

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 Also – people could get on with digging over their plots. It’s not that cold!

Welcome

A warm welcome to new growers Vicky, Philippa, and Martha and Sandra. We are sure they will enjoy being in GO2 and we look forward to seeing them at food-sharing lunches and work days!

Marmalade-making Workshop

Last Saturday

Seville orange marmalade

Marmalade 2015
Click the photo to see this recipe or here for other preserves.

Newsflash

We seem to have run out of garlic for planting, if anyone has unknowingly planted whole bulbs of garlic instead of separating the individual cloves, could they please bring back any cloves they don’t require.garlic_5

I will put a list for people to sign if they have missed out on supplies and we will get some more for spring planting.

It is not too late to get broad beans planted, or if you have already planted some earlier, another sowing now will bring a second crop in the early summer.

There are also winter lettuce plants ready for planting that will bring you early lettuces in the spring.

Tessa

Stir-up Sunday Approaches

Why not try making Eliza Acton’s Christmas pudding from 1845 Eliza-Acton-Christmas-pudding 

Traditionally you should make this on Stir-Up Sunday, the last Sunday in November

To see our other seasonal recipes, click here.

 

Time for a Tidy

The End-of-Year Tools Clear Up is this Sunday (2nd November), a chance to “put something back” in every sense! Note that refreshments will be served mid morning.
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Thanks, Jane G – Maintenance Team

Food Share

Food Share? What’s that I hear you say? Well, it is a traditional part of this scheme that on the first Sunday of the month we gather together to share food. Please join us if you are new (or even existing member) of this wonderful scheme by bringing some food/drink to share. The idea is to use produce from your plots as much as possible. I’m hoping to bake a pear/apple crumble & a pumpkin dish.

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I rescued some beans pods from the compost heap recently & have used the beans inside. I steamed them & then used them for a stew. Have also frozen some! If you have too many beans or any other produce/plants on your plot/s then please put them on the wooden picnic table for others to help themselves.

 Rubbish to dump

Charles & I have been taking the non-recyclable rubbish to the tip for some time now & we plan to do it again next week. If you have any unwanted plastic or any other non-recyclable rubbish then please leave near the greenhouse under the table as pictured. If you are able to take it home & put it in your domestic rubbish bin then please do.

Thanks, Juyna

Welcome

GO2 has had an influx of new members, so welcome to: Frank, Jaime and Andres who join our other Spanish growers, Beki, Vic, Raphael, Jana, Sophie, Anita, Michael, Joanne and Mark. We’re pleased that Anne M, Laurie and Max have all come back to GO2 after a break.

If you have new people next to you, please say hello and make them welcome. If you ever want to know who your plot neighbours are, there is a diagram in the big shed.

We have a potential new grower: congratulations to Amaranta and José who have had a little boy, Dario (hope I spelt that right). The little wheelbarrow is waiting until he’s big enough!

We still have vacant plots so if you know of anyone who might be interested, do bring them along. You could even share or print and display this poster.Bluebell-members-wanted_page_001

A reminder: from mid-November to mid-February, there is officially no one in the big shed on Sunday and Wednesday mornings, though it’s quite likely some of us will be there – with tea and cake. We just can’t keep away – even in bad weather!

Thanks, Christine

Seasonal Soup

Bridget has sent us a season recipe for Ginger and Chilli Pumpkin Soup, her kitchen will be full at her chutney-workshop tomorrow, Saturday. Jamie-Olivers-pumpkin-soup


Other News…

Here are a few more items of interest to GO2 members

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  • We are writing our Annual Report and need members’ stories about belonging to GO2.

If you can spare the time, please send stories to Mahesh at Sustainable Living Initiative.

  • Reminder to look out for events on our website – such as the End-of-Year Tools Clear Up
  • Laura’s pictures of Open Day and of the apple press in action.
  • These newsletters are part of a giant blog! See older items on the website by clicking the “← Older posts” links at the bottom of each page or the highlighted days on the calendar alongside (for example 01/10/2014). All previous newsletters are listed here.

All links (in blue) are to our pages on our website – if you don’t click to follow, you won’t see them! If you need to be reminded of the password, just email us.

Best wishes, Jim

Bakers needed!

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Do you like baking? Then PLEASE bake a cake for a group coming from the Swaffham Allotment. They are coming to visit our scheme on Sunday 20th July around 10.30am? I’d be most grateful to you.If you are able to do this then please let me know on: food@grow-our-own.co.uk

If you would like to bake ahead, then please let me know & I can take the cake/s home to freeze.

Many thanks. Juyna (Food Team)