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.

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.

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

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs: a practical training course

SESSION 2: ALL ABOUT SOIL, SATURDAY 18TH MARCH, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Outline of the session

  1. Soil basics – soil types, Ph test
  2. Identifying garden weeds- annuals and perennials
  3. Soil preparation – Plot clearing and digging
  4. Adding manure/compost /phosphate– when/how much
  5. Making your own compost
  6. Digging or no digging
  7. Plot planning, layout of the plot – bed or no bed

Lunch and discussion 1.00-1:30

Free to all SLI members, booking essential. Please contact me 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

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

Grass cutting at GO2 Bluebell South

Italian made - Emak Efcao LR 44PK Comfort Plus LawnmowerWe’ve recently purchased petrol-powered grass and brush cutting tools for GO2 Bluebell South.
Users of the equipment will need to demonstrate competence. If you have petrol strimmer experience or would like to gain knowledge and experience of using two-stroke strimmers contact Mahesh Pant on 07969 996646 or sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

 

Saturday 16th July 2016: Gardening Training at Marlpit Community Garden

1. “All about pests and diseases“, with Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant, from 10 am to 1 pm
2. “MORE FLOWERS – Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Meadowsweet, Mullein, St Johns Wort“, with Alex Hobbs, from 1 pm to 4 pm

Remember, there are two free spaces each for Bluebell and Marlpit Team Leaders/Regular Volunteers!
For further information and to book your place, please contacts us at the address below.

Sustainable Living Initiative
Marlpit Community Centre
Hellesdon Road
Norwich NR6 5EG.
Tel: 01603 920570; Mob: 07969996646
e-mail: sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Training Feedback – 2016

A Practical Training session was held on 18 June.
The morning course, titled “Looking after your plants“, was led by Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant, who explained Successional sowing, Intercropping, Catch-crops, Watering, Mulching, Feeding, Thinning, Plant support, Earthing up, Protecting from birds, animals and frost.
Click here to read about it in full.
In addition, there is a useful guide to some of the many weeds we find on our plots.

Various common weeds

Various common weeds

 

Herb Training – Midsummer Flowers

Alembic still with calamine and rosa  rugosa petalsMidsummer flowers was the topic for herb training at Marlpit Community Centre on Saturday, 18th June. It was a shame it wasn’t better attended as it was a fascinating session.
Click photo to read more.

Monthly training sessions in June

These are run for the public, but all SLI members will receive a discount and there are two free places available each for Bluebell and Marlpit Team Leaders or regular volunteers – see booking-form.

These sessions are an excellent way of learning more about gardening.
“The morning session, titled ‘Looking after plants’ is run by Mahesh with Jon Darby from Easton and Otley College, and the afternoon one is about ‘Midsummer flowers – Elderflower cordial, Rose aromatic water using alembic still” by Medical Herbalist, Alex Hobbs.”
Both courses include lunch.
Astonishingly, this year hardly anyone has taken up this exceptional opportunity to broaden their gardening knowledge. As with all public events, you can find out what is planned and how to book” on our website at www.grow-our-own.co.uk/home/events

Christine

Training at Marlpit – 21st May 2016

A very informative morning with Jon Darby who had lots of hints and tips for growing vegetables from seed.
The main topWP_20160521_12_24_09_Proics covered were

Types of seed
Seed sowing
Pricking out
Hardening off
Final destination for plants
Spacing
Sowing seed directly into the ground
Modular sowing

Other topics covered were,

F1 Hybrid seeds,
Where to obtain good seeds.
Types of pre-prepared seeds, i.e. cells, strips, foil packets.
Soil temperature.

WP_20160521_12_24_18_ProThe group then worked on a roughly dug strip – digging-over, treading-down and raking. Then we prepared drills for carrots spinach and wide drills for peas.
Mahesh gave a demonstration planting courgettes – he also reiterated the importance of after-care of plants, watering and checking at least every two days.
A discussion regarding SLUGS and pest control in an organic environment ensued, a new nematode called Nemaslug is available. Other ideas were discussed with most of the group agreeing that quite a few don’t work!! Jon did warn that because of the mild winters there are lots of slugs about and said if you look in the ground lots of eggs can be found. They look like white opaque little balls and should be squished (a popular word during the slug discussion).
After we had finished we had a very nice lunch provided by Amy.
Thank you to Jon and Mahesh for organizing the morning.

Jane

Soil – Preparation and Planning

Soil, its composition and how we treat it, is fundamental to growing veges successfully…

Click here to read a full report about last Saturday’s course – Jon was entertaining and highly informative about soil types, nutrients, pH, soil-structure, conditioners, compost… Not to mention digging, earthworms, fungi, bacteria and weeds.

crop-rotationMahesh talked about crop rotation, ‘Turnip’ Townshend, Thomas Coke of Holkham, … and about plant families. You can find more on our website Grower’s Guide.  I recommend having a look at grow-our-own.co.uk/grow-info

Training was followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Amy.

training day lunch

Christine

Read more here

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Growing and Using Herbs – April 2016

Spring Tonics, the third of the ‘Growing and Using Herbs’ Practical Training Courses,  was held at the Marlpit Community Garden on Saturday, April 16th.

Once again, there were excellent  handouts providing descriptions of the plants that we would use and a recipe for Nettle Soup (a warming sample of which was also provided).

We were then instructed in the preparation of tinctures – extraction of essences by alcohol – which was followed by a practical session – a trip to the Garden to collect our own sample using Nettles, Chickweed, and Goose Grass to create our own  Spring Tonic.

We discovered that these humble plants are , in fact, “superfoods” in their own right, containing many necessary vitamins and trace chemicals.

The preparation of Chickweed Vinegar was demonstrated, and its uses described. (Both culinary and medicinal!).

We were shown how those herbal essences that cannot  be extracted by alcohol may be obtained by decoction – simmering in water.

spring tonic preparationcutting up dandelionchopping nettles and dandelionschopped chickweed

 

Teresa

Teresa and Claire

 

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19th March – Training at Marlpit

Morning session – Soil preparation with Jon and Mahesh – this was cancelled and will be combined with the April session.DSC01378
Afternoon session with Alex – Herbs at Our Feet – Dandelion, Dock, Plantain, Yarrow, Red clover, Couch grass, Self-heal, Shepherd’s Purse, Horsetail, teas, poultices and more.

Six people attended – here’s how it went.

Click below to book next month’s training.Training-at-MCG-April-2016

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Training at MCG – February 2016

The training courses at Marlpit Community Garden both offer fantastic opportunities to learn more for our members and the general public.

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Pruning a gooseberry bush

Those who attended the course on Growing Fruit and Vegetables last year know they should expect interesting and informative sessions, and this proved to be the case again on the morning of 20th February when Jon Darby kicked off with the first session. Read Christine Wilson’s account.


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Making a hot oil infusion

New for 2016, Alex Hobbs’ afternoon session on Growing and Using Herbs also proved fascinating. You can find out more about it in Teresa Emmett’s write up.

Lunch in the Marlpit Community Centre, cooked by Amy, gave an opportunity for both groups to meet over a delicious meal.

These courses run on the third Saturday of the month. Don’t miss out on this chance to extend your skills at either or both sessions. For the schedule and entry form click on the link.2016-Saturday-Practicals

Tish

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Postponed – Learning at Marlpit

The first sessions of the 2016 Programme of Practical Gardening courses at Marlpit Community Garden on Saturday 16th January 2016 was postponed – and will be combined with Part2 on 20th February.
In Part 1 of “Growing Fruit and Vegetables“, from 10am to 1pm, Jon Darby and Mahesh Pant will talk about “Growing soft fruit and tree fruit” and “Pruning fruit trees” and in the afternoon in Part 1 of “Growing and Using Herbs“, Alex Hobbs will discuss “Infused Oils and Ointments” and “What to grow, Where to get them, Where to plant them ” – see below to book a place in February or later.

New Training Programme

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The new programme of courses for 2016 is published. Two courses will be run on the third Saturday of each month. There are morning courses titled “Growing Fruit and Vegetables” and afternoon courses titled “Growing and Using Herbs“. To find out more and sign-up, click here.

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Learning at Marlpit

20151212-PracticalThe last session of the 2015 Programme of Practical Gardening courses is being held at Marlpit Community Garden on Saturday 12th December 2015.
It is titled “Sustainable Gardening Practices” – click here to book a place.

 

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Male Oedemera nobilis, False Oil Beetle, Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, Swollen-Thighed Beetle
Click the “Thick-legged Flower Beetle” to see Teresa’s report of November’s “Gardening for Nature” session.


New Training Programme

2016-Saturday-Practicals
The new programme of courses for 2016 is published. Two courses will be run on the third Saturday of each month. There are morning courses titled “Growing Fruit and Vegetables” and afternoon courses titled “Growing and Using Herbs“. To find out more and sign-up, click here.

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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.

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Session 6: Pests Training is on Sunday 19th July

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs: a practical training course

Session 6:  Pest and disease, identification and control, has been rescheduled!
It will now take place on Sunday 19th July from 10 until 1 at Marlpit Community Garden, Marlpit Lane. There are still some places available; it is free for GO2 Bluebell team leaders and other   members will get a discounted rate (£12 for the session). Anyone interested, please contact
Mahesh sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk


A free workshop (for our GO2 members) on: repairing and maintaining garden power tools – Sunday 19th July from 1 pm to 3 pm, at Marlpit Community Garden, Marlpit Lane. Booking essential, please contact Mahesh sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk


Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs

a practical training course

The next session is on : Pest and disease, identification and control, on Sunday 19th July from 10 until 1 at Marlpit Community Garden, Marlpit Lane.

2015-Saturday-Practicals-JulThere are still some places available; it is free for the team leaders and our GO2 Bluebell members will get a discounted rate (£12 for the session).

Anyone interested, please contact

Mahesh sustainable@grow-our-own.co.uk

Also on Sunday 12th July, skill-sharing session at GO2 Bluebell allotment, 11am to 12am, free (shorter version).

Sophie training@grow-our-own.co.uk

Weed & chat

We all have a life, and circumstances sometimes leave us little time to come to the allotment. However, weeds will take over your plot if you are not diligent.

Do you need a hand with weeding? Or do you have some time to help others? Come on Sunday 14th June for a skill-sharing session on weeding. We will work as a group on each other’s plot. Weeding is much less of a chore when we do it together! We’ll also share tips on composting, with Phil, the Compost Team-leader.

If you intend to come, please email Sophie at training@grow-our-own.co.uk


May Training Day

Training Day in May

Sophie’s ‘Protecting Crops’ Workshop was on Sunday 3rd May 2015 – Mark Newman sent us his “reflections”. Thirteen growers plus two babies came to GO2 Bluebell Sunday 3rd May. It was real inter-cultural and generation-share exploring … (Click to read more)