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)

June Newsletter

with notices, and information about forthcoming events. For information about what to grow, when and how, please 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!

Forthcoming events

Saturday 24th June, 12 to 4 pm, Marlpit Community Garden Open Day, at Marlpit Community Garden.
Our own honey and home-made gooseberry jam, summer fruit and plants for sale,  a tour of the forest garden and bee-hive viewing,  are some of the attractions.
Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Sunday  02nd  July,  10 am to 1 pm,  General maintenance tasks  and food-sharing lunch, at GO2  Bluebell South Allotments.
Thanks to all those who helped with improving the path leading to small picnic area. We would like more people to join this time as well.

Saturday 15th July, 10 am to 1 pm, Practical Gardening Training on pests and diseases, by Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant at Marlpit Community Garden, followed by lunch at the Marlpit Community Centre at 1 pm.
This is a must for all organic growers and it is free for all our members. Please let Mahesh know (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk)   if you would like to attend the training.

Saturday 15th July, 1 pm to 4:30 pm,  Food Production, Forest Garden Workshop by Aaron Wheaton at Marlpit Community Garden.
This workshop will start with lunch at the Marlpit Community Centre  followed by the workshop.  Topics for discussion include:

  • forest gardening as a sustainable food production system.
  • growing more edible perennials.
  • producing food within a self-contained low energy input system.
  • Tips and advice on plants that have more uses than you might think for you to use on your own plots.

Please let Mahesh know (sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk)   if you would like to attend the workshop. It is free for all our members.

Notices

Seeds and plants Team at GO2 Bluebell
Seeds
There is still time in June to sow seeds for a crop later in the year.  Beetroot, carrots, dwarf French beans, lettuce, Swiss chard and perpetual spinach seeds are all available in the big shed.   Water the ground before and after you sow and, when they emerge, keep the seedlings well watered.

Plants
When clearing broad bean plants, cut the stems to ground level so that the roots are left behind.  The tiny nodules on the roots will add nitrogen to the soil.   It’ll leave the ground a bit rough but, with the addition of compost, it’s an ideal place for planting kohl rabi, kale, purple sprouting broccoli or Brussel sprouts.  These are a limited number of these on the table alongside the greenhouse.  Later, in July, there will be fennel, pak choi and more salad plants.

Bridget for Seeds and Plants team

This Sunday, 5 March – Grow-Our-Own re-opens officially for the 2017 growing season!

Spring is in the air and the growing season is upon us once more! Please come on Sunday and help get the growing season under way.

We’ll start at 10.30 with the twice-yearly tools check and there are a few tidying-up jobs. You can discuss your planting plans for the year and find out what seeds and plants will be available and when. It’s a great time to meet other growers and welcome new members.

There’ll be refreshments mid morning and the food-sharing lunch will be at 1 pm, so bring a dish (savoury or sweet) to share and join this popular occasion.

Christine

Welcome to the 2017 growing season!

Let’s hope it is a productive year. Do make the most of the advice and information on offer to ensure that your plot has good yields.

What’s on?

Sunday 5 February – welcome to new members and food-sharing lunch at 1 pm. So the usual – bring a dish to share.

Sunday 5 March – we’ll start the growing season officially and lots of things will happen. Please come to GO2 Bluebell South and:

– help with tools check and tidy-up jobs, starting 10.30 am with refreshments mid morning
– discuss your planting plans and find out what seeds and plants will be available
– meet other growers
– bring a dish (savoury or sweet) to the food-share lunch at 1 pm

From 5 March the Bluebell South GO2 shed will be open again regularly on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. Rita will soon be inviting people to sign up for the rota. If you haven’t done so, do consider doing a stint as it makes it easier to have a strong pool of members to call on, you find out what’s going on and you get to meet other growers and new people. Email admin@grow-our-own.co.uk if you can help.

Also, at Marlpit Community Centre,  the first of Mahesh’s courses on essential gardening skills on pruning. I cannot recommend this course too highly. Jon Darby from Easton and Otley College is the tutor. Here are the details again –

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs: a practical training course

SESSION 1: GROWING AND PRUNING SOFT FRUIT AND TREE FRUIT, SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Outline of the session

  1. Pruning – why, when and how
  2. Tools required for pruning and the correct use of tools
  3. Practical (participants to work in a group of two)
  4. Lunch and discussion 1.00-1:30

Free to all SLI members, booking essential. Please contact Mahesh at the address below.
Mahesh Pant
Sustainable Living Initiative
Marlpit Community Centre
Hellesdon Road, Norwich NR6 5EG
Tel: 01603 920570; Mob: 07969996646
e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Sunday 12 March at 11am at GO2 Bluebell South: skill-sharing session with Sophie. A good opportunity for beginners to get help and advice from more experienced growers, along with tea and cake. We’ll be talking about the tasks of the month and practicing soft fruit bushes pruning.

And…
Have you read the SLI 2015/16 annual report: it’s here: http://grow-our-own.co.uk/home/documents/annual-reports/annual-report-2015-16/#main

Look forward to seeing you all soon!
Christine

First Sunday Food

2016-01-03 13.05.33About twenty of us turned up at Bluebell South for the Grow Our Own First Sunday Food-Sharing Lunch.
The Food Team arrived early and helped set up tables in the Big Shed.
It was quite cosy for January and we had three different hot soups, nut roast and curried vegetables, lots of nibbles, some very tasty puddings and a little fizz to celebrate the new 2016.

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Admin

 


We’ve had a few new enquiries for plots and we are now running short – but if you know people who would like to join the scheme by all means show them round. Word is getting round what a good scheme it is and people are also taking just membership. Which reminds me, if you haven’t got your membership card, they are in a little wallet pinned to the admin noticeboard.
If you’d like to join the shed duty rota on Wednesday or Sunday mornings, please contact Rita via admin@grow-our-own.co.uk

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SLI Christmas Meal 2015

P1200520bThe food team did us proud with our Christmas lunch at Marlpit Community Centre on 19th December. The hall was looking festive with paper chains round the walls, branches hung with baubles as a centre piece on a floor patterned with snowflakes and decorations on the tables.

Forty two people sat down to a delicious vegetable soup and an impressive array of dishes produced by the team. This was followed by an imaginative selection of desserts and cakes brought along by the members along with wine and soft drinks.

The hall was abuzz with conversation and the time passed quickly. We all heartily supported the thanks expressed to everybody who contributed to making the event an success. Finally many hands made light work of washing up and tidying the hall at the end of a very enjoyable celebration.

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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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 A note from Juyna
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“On a gloriously sunny day we had a lovely food share in October. Thought you’d like this photo.”

 

 

(Jim says, “Click on photos – see more…”)

Land and water update

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November Food Share

Hi,
It was really nice to meet greet and chat with a few of the team who came to the food share. It was good to hear your ideas especially booking one food share for a general tidy and clearance session around strips. I’ll get that in the diary. Give me your suggested date/s for the cleanup. Remember choose from first Sundays.

Tidy tools

Tidy tools

Water supply.
The large tanks are being drained this week in preparation for grey water connection.
Help will be needed to clean guttering which will direct rain water from the centre building to the tanks. This is pencilled in for Sunday but has yet to be confirmed.

The Team.
There are members of the team I have yet to meet. Please make your self known to me by emailing maw.newman@gmail.com but better tell me when you are going to your allotment as I may be able to come to you. Text 07766032098

Mark
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Welcome once more to GO2

If you haven’t been given a membership card, there is one waiting in the Bluebell Shed. Just ask when you are next at the allotments, or at Marlpit Community Garden.

Remember “First Sunday Food” is on 1st November at 1pm

After the “Big Shed Tidy” finishes at noon, the other team leaders will take a few minutes to explain what their team does, before the Food Team start to set up for the 1pm food-sharing lunch. We hope you’ll stay, and if you can, please bring a dish to share.
You don’t have to be there all morning, but it would be useful to be there at 12 and it would certainly be nice to come to lunch and meet other members. If it rains we’ll eat inside.

Best wishes,

Christine – Admin Team

Foodshare Sunday

was busy – growers showed inventive ways of cooking produce from their plots. The events page has pictures – click here.

Jane's Rice Salad

To read Jane G’s Rice Salad Recipe – click here

Now the office has moved to Marlpit Community Centre (just 5 minutes from Marlpit allotments), we can take advantage of the kitchen facilities and cook all sorts of seasonal produce.

We can do this in small groups of members, and share their skills.
For example, if you’d like to cook Mediterranean dishes, we are planning a session on Saturday 26th September from 10.00 until 2pm.
If you would like to experience these culinary delights, e-mail me at moira@froud.org to reserve a place – places are limited by the size of the kitchen.
Also, if you are able to share a cooking skill, 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.
Jam making and chutneys are already in full swing in preparation for fundraising on Open Day on 4th October.

Moira and the Food Team

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)

SLI Annual General Meeting

Sunday 5 July 2015, 11 – 1 pm followed by lunch

Marlpit Community Centre – Hellesdon Road NR6 5EQ click here to see maps


AGM – agenda

Marlpit Community Centre

  1. Introduction
  2. Reports from teams:
  3. Admin, Compost, Food, Land and Water, Seeds, Tools and Maintenance, Training, Website
  4. Proposal for membership
  5. Call for more Trustees
  6. Any other business

Followed by lunch – if you want lunch, please let Mahesh know: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

It is important for growers to attend, as there will be changes in the new year 2015/2016.

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Sunday 7th June at 1pm is Food Share time again!

Please come and join in for a shared lunch in the big shed; hopefully it’ll stay sunny/hot & we can eat outside. If it is your first time then you’d be most welcome; please bring a dish and/or drink.

As this is also Volunteering Day, if you could spare a few minutes to help on community projects, we would all appreciate it.
Juyna is on duty this Sunday and would appreciate a hand with bringing the rockery under control! Please spare any time you have; even 10mins would make a difference. Many thanks.

Juyna

Composting

If anyone over by the yellow shed is able to help on Sunday, our composting area is in chaos and urgently needs attention.
I will be there so if you have a plot in that distant part of the scheme please come and join me.

Ian

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I have taken on the task of tidying up the area on the far side (north) of the raised beds. There are fruit bushes and other plants swamped by tall grass. We owe it to other growers not to allow grasses to spread seed, and we do not want to give up on this communal plot.
A bit of help on Volunteering Sunday will mean a share in a harvest of blackcurrants, gooseberries, blackberries, and other fruit later this year.

Jim

Urgent! To everyone whose plot borders a Council plot-holder –

We’ve been asked by Council plot-holders to cut the grass where it is spreading onto their plots and likely to scatter seeds everywhere. This applies to all four plots near the red sheds. As a matter of urgency, please could you check the end of your plots to make sure that grass is not causing annoyance to your neighbours. Long grass is going to seed everywhere shortly and it shelters those dreaded slugs and snails. There are shears in the small cupboard at the back of the main shed. Or you can dig it out…


The AGM is a month away

Please let us know if you’re coming and if you want lunch so we can cater for you! There will be no lunch at the allotment that day.
Sunday 5th July at 11 am with lunch at 1ish
Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Road (there is parking) – follow this link to our events page for more info and maps.


Only three weeks away is Marlpit Community Garden Open Day on June 27th

Please come and see our new project in Marlpit. You can either come and help make the refreshments at the Marlpit Community Centre at 10 am on the day or bring a some home-cooked food to share.

Any help in organising the event would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mahesh e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

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Marlpit Volunteering Day, Tuesday 9th June,

from 10 am to 1 pm followed by lunch.

Following my recent injury, I need extra help to keep the garden going.  If you could spare a couple of hours on next Tuesday or any Tuesdays after that, please let me know.

Thanks, Mahesh, e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

‘Food Share’…

… is on this coming Sunday, 3rd May, at 1pm in the Big Shed.

If this is your first Food Share then please bring a dish / drink to share & come along to meet the other friendly growers. 2015-04-05_13.43.51(Click here to see past FS events)

PS

One of the council allotment holders has been very supportive of our scheme & he recently donated some gardening magazines & seeds. I have left them in the shed. If you would like to think about planting some of the seeds to create ‘wildlife corridors’ on a small section of your own plot/s or on the communal areas such as around the big shed, near the picnic areas/bike stand or to one side of the accessible plots then please help yourselves to a packet. It’d be great to encourage wildlife.spectacles

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If any of these glasses belong to you then please claim them before the end of May; after that they’ll be donated to the nearest charity shop.

Many thanks. Juyna – food team

March Food Share

The first Sunday of the month turned out to be a glorious one & we had a great turnout for the big tool clean & also for Food Share. We had so many people that some had to eat outside!

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Thanks for making the day so successful. Your help was much appreciated.

If you took some washing-up home then please return asap & if possible please leave them in the clear lidded boxes at the far end of the big shed on the shelves to the right.

Many thanks. Juyna (Food)

First Sunday Food Share

Food Share‘ is on this Sunday, 1st March, at 1pm in the big shed.

08-spoonIf this is your first Food Share then please bring a dish and/ drink to share & come along to meet the other friendly growers.

Please let me know if you have signed up for the Food Team as we’d like to welcome you to the group.

Finally, if anyone has any spare serving spoons then we’d appreciate having them. Some of ours have gone missing!serving-spoon

Juyna (Food Team)

A reminder for those who may not have seen the Bluebell Events webpage… Food Share is preceded by Tool Tidy in the morning.

Jane G. (Maintenance Team)

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.

Happy New Year 2015!

The first Food Share for 2015 will be tomorrow, Sunday 4th January at the big shed, Bluebell Road allotments (south). If this is your first time at such occasion then welcome!

Please bring a dish/drink to share. You may like to wrap up warm!
To see who was at the last Food Share on the 7th December, click here.


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Grow Our Own - Christmas Party 2014

Grow Our Own – Christmas Party 2014

Many thanks to all who came to the GO2 Christmas gathering to make it such a lovely time. In particular, thanks must go to Mahesh who, despite jet-lag, did most of the shopping & the majority of the cooking. I would also like to thank the hardworking food team who decorated the community hall. It was a great evening. See recent events page – click here.

Thanks also to those who contributed live music, food, quiz & raffle prizes.

 

With very best wishes for 2015 to all members & may this year be a productive one for you all.

Juyna, Food Team
GO2 Christmas Party

GO2 Christmas Party

Saturday 20th December at 6 pm.

at Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Road, Norwich, NR6 5EQ

Food and soft drinks provided.thP89U0FDK

Families/friends welcome but you MUST tell sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk how many are coming.
There’ll be a mini raffle (bring gifts to donate if you wish), a slideshow, a quiz and Christmas singing. singers Join in and sing or bring an instrument if you play. Song sheets and music will be provided.

See you there!

Keep track of events (such as the training programme) on the website at www.grow-our-own.co.uk/events/#main

Food Share Sunday

The next Food Share is on Sunday 7th December at 1pm in the big shed.
You may like to wrap up!
We are organising a mini raffle for our Festive Gathering on Saturday 20th December and we are looking for donations of small gifts. Could you please bring any items to the lunch on the 7th? Many thanks.
There’s also a large cardboard box in the shed marked ‘donations’ if you are not able to make the lunchtime gathering.
I am not able to be there this time but most of the Food Team will be there to welcome you on the 7th. Hope you all have a good meal.

Juyna

Weeds or wildflowers?

A friend and fellow-gardener in South London sent me this info about weeds on the plot – a useful indicator of the health of the soil:

  • Nettles are a good indicator of soil rich in phosphates;
  • Chickweed is the primary nitrogen indicator;
  • Lots of clover and hop-trefoil indicates dry, hungry alkaline soil;
  • Creeping buttercup – poor drainage;
  • Young nettles make a mean lasagne;
  • Fat hen is under-rated as an edible weed and is better than spinach!
  • Weeds with deep roots (eg bindweed, ground elder) should be used. They bring up nutrients from far down – soak to extract (until it smells) and then dilute to the colour of weak tea and use;
  • Marestail is rich in silica and when applied (soak etc as above) to living tissue it discourages fungal spores and that’s why it’s used by biodynamic growers to discourage potato blight (needs to be sprayed every 10 days or so to keep the protective silica layer intact).
Best regards
Jane C.

Apologies

This week’s newsletter is a bit plain I am afraid – I’ve been having difficulties with GO2’s internet service provider, so you may not be able to “see” our website from time to time. Other links I have included were working at the time.
(Note also that opinions expressed here are personal – particularly regarding the taste of Fat Hen or nettles!)

Jim

Tool and Shed Day

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered.
It was really useful as we found that most of the tools were in good order and all accounted for on the inventory.
The shears and clippers were sharpened and the sheds cleaned.
There are enough hand tools to last through the winter.
We will arrange another Tool and Shed Day before the next growing season in 2015.

The GO2 Tool and Shed Tidy - click to see some photos
The GO2 Tool and Shed Tidy – click to see some photos

Jane G.

First Sunday Food Share

Over thirty of us squeezed into the Centre (Big Shed) to avoid being soaked with rain at lunchtime last Sunday.
It was the first indoor meal after a long Summer of al fresco food. New faces and old enjoyed meeting and eating a very pumpkin-rich assortment of delicious dishes.
If you have any photos or recipes from last Sunday, send them to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk

Moira

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

Welcome to new members!

A number of new growers signed up recently and we welcome them to Grow-Our-Own.
Here is a link to some practical advice about what to do next. Click thisClick me.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
As one of the great assets of GO2 is the social and community side, we look forward to seeing you at our food-sharing lunches on the first Sunday of the month, and also at work days (also on the first Sunday of the month) and training sessions. Future activities are announced on an events page (click here).
If you have new neighbours, please look out for them and help them with any problems they may be experiencing.

Christine

Annual report

The annual report is under way. We would like to hear your experiences of GO2, whether you are a longstanding grower or have just joined.
Photos of your plot or produce may be included, if kept small. Please send to Christine at admin@grow-our-own.co.uk. Thanks!


Upcoming events

The Big End Of Year Tool / Maintenance Clear Up.

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Sunday 2nd November 10.30-12-30

Jane Graham – Team Leader Tools / Maintenance

On Saturday it is our Open Day

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We will be serving food to the public.

To help people with food allergies it is best to label food with the ingredients used.

So we don’t lose anything, we should put our names on containers and other equipment which we bring to the event.

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Look more professional – wear an apron when serving food.

It would help if you could bring a flask of hot water – we’ll need it for making drinks and washing mugs.


New Recipes

Bridget has provided two more chutney recipes for the preserves recipes page, which has been updated.

Bridget says,

“The tomatillo one seems, on first tasting, to be rather good.  Hope to have another workshop, making pumpkin chutney + something else, later in October.”

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