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

GO2 Bluebell South – Open Day

Our annual Open Day is from 12 to 4 on 2nd October 2016,

We'll need to tidy-up a little! We renew our membership that day and hope to ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS...

Tell your friends and share the poster (click below).

If you want to renew membership or plot rental on the day, you will be able to hand in completed application forms. The form refers to Growers' Agreements and other documents for Bluebell and Marlpit which are on our website. (Click the links to read them.)

Food & Drink on Open Day

As you can read the word "Refreshments" on the posters, visitors are expecting to be able to have hot or cold drinks and maybe snacks - so we need to provide them.
Please bring what you can to the Food Feam, who will be setting-up tables in the morning.
Ingredients need to be listed for public health reasons - a simple label or sheet of paper is enough, for example

Tray bake - contains gluten-free flour, vegetable oil, apples and no nuts"
or
Cup cakes - contain wheat flour, white sugar, butter, eggs and dried fruit

Please also label containers with your name.

GO2 Bluebell South - Open Day 12-4 on 2nd October 2016

GO2 Bluebell South - Open Day 12-4 on 2nd October 2016 (click to see poster)

Click here to read about Bluebell's Open Day 2015. or click here to see renewal documents.

One Planet – Norwich – 12/13 March 2016

One Planet Norwich held an event at The Atrium from 10am-4pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March.

We were there talking to people about GO2 and Sustainable Living Initiative‘s projects at Bluebell South and Marlpit Community Garden. Several of us took shifts on both days and were kept busy answering enquiries about2016-03-13 15.11.16 plots and training courses.

Click here to see photos forum-norwich

Return to top

Spring Clean GO2 at Bluebell South Allotments

Remember those little domestic allotment jobs you promised to do but haven’t had time to do. February is prime time to Spring clean around your manor. Take away and dispose of any non composting material you no longer can find use for – glass, metal, brick etc. Carpet is no longer to be brought or used on council leased allotment with the exception of 100% wool including backing. GO2 rents from the council so the rule applies to us. There is a place to put carpet you are no longer using. To find out where please email maw.newman@gmail.com for instructions.
Whilst spring cleaning please redefine paths between strips and boarders adjoining neighbours. A minimum of 60cm for paths and boarders need to be maintained.
Maintenance of paths and boarders to all sides is part of strip/ plot agreement with GO2.

Scrap Wood

scrapwood1Over the years GO2 Bluebell has gained a fine collection of wood from all parts of the scheme. Much of the collection lies hidden behind sheds, end of strips, and forgotten out of sight. Each year more gets added, like many garages and lofts, until …

… what can be done? Ideas are requested, but here are a couple for discussion.
A. Make a bonfire of unwanted and decaying hard and soft wood, planks, broken-forgotten whatever it was. Left neglected to be put to flame.
B. Make a Hugelkultur bed. This is a permaculture method of cultivation where rotting wood mixed with other organic material such as kitchen waste and leaves, are put in a trench and covered with soil to grow veg.
Peter Anderson with team help constructed a Hugel on GO2 some years ago. The Hugel raised bed grows vegetables for the Food Team.
Information on Hugelkultur construction can be found on our website or use GoogleKultur to find out more!.

Help make the decision :
(A) Bonfire for a quick fix- paraffin, matches. Up in smoke.( bring potatoes to bake. Let’s have a party).

(B) Hugelkultur – digging, carrying, covering. Long term cultivation. All familiar to allotmenteers.
(Ok not an instant fix, but enjoying the vegetables of our labour in following years).

Let the Land and Water team know your thoughts and suggestions on this by replying through the newsletter.

The Tin Shed

Building on Bluebell is to recommence. It cannot be said that all has gone to plan. I’m reminded of the motorist lost asking for directions being told “you shouldn’t be starting from here”. The journey has had its detours not mentioning wind, rain, Christmas and New Year. Team players on the Tin Shed will be emailed in the next fortnight.

If you would like to be an occasional helper on the team or need information re Spring Clean GO2 email maw.newman@gmail.com

Mark Newman – Land and Water

Return to top

Open Day 2015

GO2 Bluebell had a great Open Day on Sunday 4 October with lots of visitors and many new growers signing up. The weather was superb and the food excellent. We took over £100 in donations towards food and about £50 in money from selling jam and chutney. Many thanks to those who helped out with renewals in the shed, those who provided food, and those who helped generally. In eight years of open days, I would say it was the best.

... for tasting fresh juice of apple and pears

Tasting fresh juice of apple and pears

In addition some people helped with pressing apples and pears and those who sampled the juice must surely agree that it was delicious. Click here to see some FaceBook photos.

New members

Welcome to several new members to GO2: Tonia, David, Lucy and three children, Jenny H, Jeremy, Olivia, Natasha and her daughter, four members from Together UK with Sandra and Tammy as Peer Support Workers, Gavin, Jacqueline, Laraine, Maria, Philip, and William. We have recently returned two whole plots to the Council so we are now concentrated on 14 plots and we number about 90 growers at Bluebell.

GO2 is like John Lewis – it is owned by its members, so we hope to see as many people as possible, and new people in particular, on 1 November at Bluebell for the tool check from 10 – 12 noon and then for a few short introductions by team leaders of compost, seeds and plants, training and skill-sharing, land and water and food teams. The team leader of the team you put as your preferred choice on your form will be in touch. After all that, it’s Food-sharing Lunch so bring something to share for lunch. We still meet even if it rains!

Christine

NB: the training sessions at Marlpit Community Garden have already been arranged for 2016 so look out for the publicity. In addition Sophie will be arranging Skills-sharing sessions at Bluebell.

Membership cards

Everyone will now have a membership card and if you haven’t got yours, please ask when you’re next in the Bluebell Big Shed on Wednesday or Sunday mornings from 10 – 1 pm.

Newsletter

Please make sure and read the newsletter which is now going out fortnightly and will be for all SLI Members, including GO2 Bluebell and GO2 Marlpit. It will have announcements, events, calls to arms (tools!), and what seeds are available for planting out.

Shed closure for the winter

Please note that the Bluebell Big Shed will not be officially open from 15 November to 21 February although anyone who fancies can go there and open up. We’ll probably have a Food-sharing Lunch on the first Sunday in December, and possibly January too. These events will be in the newsletter so be sure and read your newsletter.

Christine
PS

sweet potato oct2015A first for GO2

– a misshapen but very tasty sweet potato grown in the polytunnel at Bluebell.

We hope to have cuttings for sowing next year.

Just an idea…

If we ever get pallets we usually use them to make the sides of compost heaps, but this idea from Eddie has potential, he saw it on FaceBook.
Pleban's PalletI googled “pallet vegetable growing” and got half a million interesting ideas!
I suspect that the slugs and snails would like this one, as they can hide out of sight very conveniently.
One idea I saw suggested planting the pallet horizontally and setting it on edge as a living wall once the plants were established, but this would probably not do for the brassicas in Eddie’s picture.
Jim

Sad news…

We were saddened to hear of the death of Alison Foss unexpectedly on Thursday 20th August 2015. The funeral was at 2:15 on Wednesday 23rd September at Earlham Cemetery.Marlpit sunflowers

Alison has been active at Marlpit Community Garden since it started and was the accountant for Sustainable Living Initiative since April this year.
Alison wrote the Marpit Newsletter which we send monthly and regularly contributed to our Bluebell Newsletters, with recipes , reports and even a book review. We enjoyed Alison’s company last Saturday, cooking lunch at Marlpit Community Centre.
Our condolences go to Dennis, Alison’s husband – we’ll miss her.

Jim and Moira

GO2 Bluebell South – Watering System

Maintaining water to GO2 diptanks during growing-months.

Connect GO2 hose to mains tap as illustrated. Click to see illustration and text as supplied by Mark
GO2-WateringNote: supply is shared with Bluebell Allotment Association and may be in use.
Not in use? Connect GO2 hose. Turn on tap.
Water flows via buried piping connected to TANK1.

Tank1 needs to be 3/4 full in order to syphon into TANK2. It is this tank which supplies water to GO2 8 dip-tanks.
Tanks 3 & 4 feed rainwater to TANK2
If there isn’t water flow to diptanks, the likely cause is there isn’t sufficient water in Tank1. This must be at least kept at 3/4 full to syphon water from Tank2 to 8 dip-tanks. It is a good idea to check mains tap is connected to GO2 hose and is turned on.

Mark

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.

2015-03-28 11.04.15

GO2 Christmas Party

GO2 Christmas Party

on 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 before 17th December.

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 GO2 Centre at Bluebell Allotments (a large cardboard box in the shed marked ‘donations’) or get in touch by email? Many thanks.


Keep track of events on the website at www.grow-our-own.co.uk/events/#main

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.

 

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.

Click here for details tool-rack in shed

Sunday 2nd November 10.30-12-30

Jane Graham – Team Leader Tools / Maintenance

Chutney Workshop

plumchutney
Saturday 20th September, from 10am until 1pm

We’ll make red tomato chutney and a pickle of some sort. Contact the Food Team if you’d like to join in.

Bridget

Some things we’ll need for Open Day

  • Food – cakes & savouries
  • Helpers – to set up tables, etc and serve refreshments
  • Kitchen items/books to sell for raising funds
 Juyna
foodatsigngrow-our-own.co.uk

GO2 Tenth Anniversary and Open Day

GO2-Bluebell-Open-Day-2014-small
This is a fantastic occasion and not one to be missed – GO2 is 10 years old and going strong. We are celebrating this amazing project started by the indefatigable Mahesh so it would be great to see as many growers – past, present and future – as possible! We have advertised the open day widely but please tell your friends and neighbours they would be most welcome.

The Food team is arranging refreshments and we can be sure that there will be lots of lovely things to eat (contributions welcome no doubt). They are also setting up a produce stall so if you were given a temporary plot until October, now is the time to let us have some of the produce to sell, as was the deal, or provide something else to sell!

So far, the programme for the day is:

10 am – 12 pm: setting up
12 – 4 pm: open to visitors, renewals for 2014/2015 (so bring your money if you haven’t already paid)
1.30: arrival of the Lord Mayor (who may come on a bicycle and may be in full chains or not!)
4 pm: on with the Kelly Kettle for a restorative cuppa while clearing up!

If anyone could help set up, clear up, show visitors round, etc please let me know pronto – or turn up on the day!

Christine adminatsigngrow-our-own.co.uk

Planting

There are plugs of various salad leaves, and the last of the brassicas available for planting now. If you can’t see them, ask.

Tessa seedsatsigngrow-our-own.co.uk
Sunday 7th September, from 10am

Compost Day

Anyone who is available for an hour or two from 10am on Sunday 7th September, please come along to help sort out the various composting arrears on the site.
See Phil when you arrive – he might bring biscuits.
Thanks!

compostatsigngrow-our-own.co.uk

Pumpkins, gourds and marrows
Please take any produce left out in the picnic area. It is for us all to share.

Recipe ideas

What can we do with all these beans? P1020662
Click here to find out

Bamboo

You may notice that leaning on the shed near the bike racks is a pile of bamboo.
Bamboo
These bamboo cuttings are not ready to be used. They are too ‘green’ & will need to harden in time for Spring.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY NOW. Thanks.

They took quite some effort to get them into our little car & then onto the allotment; several journeys involved so please share fairly.


Bee Friendly

honey_bee_flying_md_whtIf anyone has any surplus cuttings/plants/bulbs that would attract bees/butterflies, please think about donating them to the allotment. Many thanks.


Diary Dates

Look at grow-our-own.co.uk to see what public events are coming up – click the link.
and look at the website to see what members events are planned and what happened – click here.

Email if you need reminding of the password –

bluebellatsigngrow-our-own.co.uk

 

On your plot this month:

August

courgettes
This is the time for harvesting – a season of plenty.

You’ll be wondering what to do with your gluts of courgettes and beans! But don’t forget to prepare for winter crops. And if you want to leave some parts of your plot uncultivated over winter, you should sow green manure.
Harvest: Calabrese, courgettes, dwarf and climbing beans, peas, mangetout, the last of the broad beans, summer salad leaves, potatoes, spring onions, radish, baby turnips and beetroot, Swiss chard. Fruit: raspberries, plums, early apples.
Seeds: Fennel, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, oriental salad, kohlrabi, radicchio, radish, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip, kale and green manure.
Plants: Kale, spring cabbage, winter cauliflower, fennel, pak choi.
Next month: Spring cabbage, winter cauliflower, kale, onion sets, over-wintering lettuce and spinach, strawberry runners (new little plants).

The Seeds and Plants Team

Herb Walk

For those who missed it the first time, we’re repeating the Herb Walk on Sunday 10th August.

There are at least forty different herbs scattered in communal areas around the GO2 allotments. We’ll take a map of the site and attempt to plot them, discussing their culinary and medicinal uses as we go.

Meet at the big shed at 11am for about an hour’s walk.

teenkitchentakeover.com.jpg

Click here to see more events on our website


Thanks

Thanks to those who brought all the lovely food to share last Sunday. We had a good turnout on a lovely day. One little point, could you please remember to take your containers home? Many thanks.


Jam Workshop

Jam making at the SLI office in West Earlham recently was great fun & educational. There were 10 people there learning how to jam using plums, greengages & damson. We were lucky enough to take a jar or two to use at home. I, personally, learnt quite a bit about how to use these fruits. By the way, the end result was delicious. Click here for photosJam-kit and
here for the recipe.P1010591


Skills

Any one out there prepared to share their skills in preserving, cooking, cake making? I’m looking to put a data base together of people who would be happy to show/share with others their particular skills. Please let me know if you want further details.

Many thanks.

Juyna, (Food Team)

Jam sessions soon

Mahesh is making plum jam at the SLl office on Saturday, 2nd August, 11am – 2pm at the West Earlham Community Centre (Click here for more)
Bridget is running a chutney-making workshop on Saturday, 9th August, 10am – 1pm
We’ll use plums from the allotment to make chutney to raise funds for GO2.

If you’d like to take part in either or both of these workshops then please email food@grow-our-own.co.uk asap. These are popular events & places are quickly snapped up so act now.
J

Jars needed

We still need jam jars, with lids, clean and with labels removed, for our jams and chutneys. The 300ml (1lb) size, or thereabouts, is the most useful.

Please leave in the big shed.
Thanks


Tessa says help yourself

There are young brassicas and other plants in and outside the polytunnel (shown here) which should be planted using adequate space – click here for instructions.
P1000518s


More thanks

This time from our Swaffham visitors

Thankyou
Eighteen allotmenteers from Swaffham visited last Sunday.
Click here to see what it was like,


Many thanks, Juyna (Food Team)

Eddie’s alternative weed-killer idea

image001
Got Weeds? Use Vinegar: Homemade Weed Killer
1 gallon of white vinegar
1/2 cup salt
Liquid dish soap (any brand)
Empty spray bottle
Put salt in the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap. This solution works best if you use it on a hot day.
Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.
– See more at: Alternative-energy-gardning.blogspot.co.uk


AGM MINUTES

Click here for the minutes of our annual meeting. The password for the member’s area is ‘garlic’.


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletterat15grow-our-own.co.uk. Also, if you are at the allotment and want to leave us a message, just write it down in the day book which is on the table inside the big shed.

Two Great Preserving Days

NUMBER1 Mahesh is making plum jam at the SLl office on Saturday, 2nd August, 11am – 2pm at the West Earlham Community Centre (Click here for more).

jam-making poster

2_CLR Do you enjoy making chutney? Or would like to learn? Then your opportunity is on Saturday, 9th August, 10am – 1pm, when there will be a chutney making workshop with Bridget. We’ll use plums from the allotment to make chutney to raise funds for GO2.

If you’d like to take part in either or both of these workshops then please email food@grown-our-own.co.uk asap. These are popular events & places are quickly snapped up so act now.
J

Jars needed

We still need jam jars, with lids, clean and with labels removed, for our jams and chutneys. The 300ml (1lb) size, or thereabouts, is the most useful.

Please leave in the big shed.

Many thanks, Juyna (Food Team)

PS If anyone likes weeding / cutting grass then help is needed on the rockery near the car park. (This does not need a strimmer.)

Volunteering opportunities

Training. We are looking for someone to organise our monthly training sessions. Could this be you? We have a training plan for this year and trainers booked so it’s just a case of making sure that happens, putting up posters and doing an item for the newsletter. Then, in the winter, you need to have a chat with Mahesh and come up with next year’s training plan, liaise with the trainers and publicise the events.

Strimming. Are you strong enough to wield a petrol driven strimmer? We’ll provide training so you can use the equipment safely. It will be an enormous help to have the paths and unused plots strimmed.
strimmer-Stihl-FS55
If anyone likes weeding / cutting grass then help is needed on the rockery near the car park. (This does not need a strimmer.)
Water management. You’ll have noticed that we have our own water cisterns at regular intervals down the central path. They are fed from the big tanks at the back of the big shed. These are filled either by rainwater or from the tap at the car park. We need someone to take charge of making sure the tanks are kept full, that the cisterns work and that the pipes are OK.
Click for more pictures
If you can help with any of these tasks or would like to know more, just reply to the newsletter and we’ll be in touch. It would be good to have more than one person involved with the strimming and water management.


AGM

We had our annual meeting last Sunday and the minutes are on the website (click here). To get into the members area the password is ‘garlic’.


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk. Also, if you are at the allotment and want to leave us a message, just write it down in the day book which is on the table inside the big shed.

Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing: This Sunday 6th July

10.30am to set up for an 11am start. Lunch at 1pm. At West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE.

All growers are invited! Come and have your say on present management and future developments, as well as some great food to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.
There are some hot topics up for discussion including:

  • How was this year and what can we do better next year? Are we the right size, should we be smaller or bigger?
  • Why contributing to GO2 is essential and how to deal with growers who do not contribute.
  • How to ensure plots are kept in a good condition.
  • Running the Grow-at-Home scheme from Marlpit and no longer including growers with council allotments.
  • More volunteers needed to help run GO2.
Mahesh is cooking our lunch and he needs to know how many to cater for. So, if you want to be fed, please email him at bluebell@grow-our-own.co.uk by the end of Friday to book your meal.
Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.
  • west-earlham-community-centre

Directions to West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, corner Taylor Road. The Centre is not by the University Village as marked in Google maps (it is correct using Bing).

transport-bus Bus: FirstBus 21 and 21A from Theatre Street to West Earlham shops every half hour, Konect 3 from St Stephens on the half hour to UEA entrance on Earlham Road. Cross over at crossing to Wilberforce Road turning by University Village and follow about half a mile to the Centre.
bicycles Cycling: Earlham Green Lane from Fiveways past the Coop and turn left at Larkman Lane straight down Taylor Road avoids the Earlham Road.
transport-car Car: Earlham/Watton Road, and turn right past UEA main entrance into Wilberforce Road

On your plot this month:

July

image001Photo: Jane C. at East Ruston This is when all that hard work on your plot is paying off. You’ll be spending more time now harvesting than sowing or planting – but don’t forget to think ahead for winter crops.Harvest:Courgettes, dwarf and climbing beans, peas, mangetout, the last of the broad beans, summer salad leaves, new potatoes, spring onions, radish, baby turnips and beetroot, Swiss chard, garlic (if you haven’t already picked yours), onions and shallots. Fruit: red and black currants, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries.

Seeds: kohlrabi, spring onions, lettuce, rocket, parsley, fennel, chard, perpetual spinach, radish, turnip, beetroot, carrots, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, calabrese, cabbage for winter and spring greens. Courgette, French and runner bean seeds to sow direct if you want to try extending the season. (But it will be too hot for spinach until next month.)

Plants: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calabrese, fennel, winter and spring cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, pak choi. Also some herb plants.
Next month: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calabrese, fennel, winter cabbage, kale.

The Seeds and Plants Team

Sunday 6th July at 10am

Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing

All growers are invited! Come and have your say about present management and future developments, as well as some great food (provided) to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.

10am-2pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road. WECC is on the corner of Taylor Road.

Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

Annual General Meeting agenda:
1. Review of management structure
2. How to deal with members who do not contribute
3. How to ensure the plots are kept in a good state
4. Is GO2 too big?
5. Changes to grow-at-home scheme

If you have an issue you would like discussed and it’s not mentioned above, please let us know. Also, and very importantly since we’ll all be hungry after all the business, if you are coming to lunch, please let us know as we need to know the numbers for catering: bluebell@grow-our-own.co.ukplease bring something for dessert (even if it’s fresh fruit) and something to drink.


Fruit to share.

Our ethos is sharing! If you have a mature fruit tree (apple, pear, plum) on your plot please note that it is not your personal tree and the fruit is for everyone, particularly for jam-making or baking. You are therefore welcome to take some of the fruit, but remember to leave some for other people.


Sunday 20th July – Swaffham Allotmenteers’ Visit (Changed date) Please could some growers come and welcome them, and could some of the Food team be there to make some tea?

As this is their second visit and they are an interesting crowd, I hope for a lot of offers to host them! They will arrive at about 10.45.

Thanks, Christine
Don’t forget to water your plot – it’s been very dry and crops may suffer. Look at this fine example of maximising water use with young plants.
2014-06-18 19.27.45Click to read more

2014-06-18 19

Click for a slideshow

Midsummer at Bluebell

2014 Summer Solstice is at 10:51 on Saturday morning, and we are celebrating in the evening at 6pm – so come & help us celebrate at the allotments with our annual evening gathering.It’ll be just like the 1st Sunday food share but on Saturday evening from 6pm onwards!

We’re also fundraising then, so any kitchen utensils/cookery books you’ve to spare would be gratefully received. Please bring to the big shed & leave under the long table to your right as you come into the shed.

Many thanks.

Juyna

P1350415_on_P1520680

Click to see a bigger picture

Sunday 6th July Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing.

All growers are invited! Come and have your say about present management and future developments, as well as some great food (provided) to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.

10am-2pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road.  WECC is on the corner of Taylor Road.

Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

Annual General Meeting agenda:
1. Review of management structure
2. How to deal with members who do not contribute
3. How to ensure the plots are kept in a good state
4. Is GO2 too big?
5. Changes to grow-at-home scheme

If you have an issue you would like discussed and it’s not mentioned above, please let us know. Also, and very importantly since we’ll all be hungry after all the business, if you are coming to lunch, please let us know as we need to know the numbers for catering: bluebell@grow-our-own.co.ukplease bring something for dessert (even if it’s fresh fruit) and something to drink.


Fruit to share.

Our ethos is sharing! If you have a mature fruit tree (apple, pear, plum) on your plot please note that it is not your personal tree and the fruit is for everyone, particularly for jam-making or baking. You are therefore welcome to take some of the fruit, but remember to leave some for other people.


Sunday 20th July – Swaffham Allotmenteers’ Visit (Changed date) Please could some growers come and welcome them, and could some of the Food team be there to make some tea?

As this is their second visit and they are an interesting crowd, I hope for a lot of offers to host them! They will arrive at about 10.45.

Thanks, Christine
Don’t forget to water your plot – it’s been very dry and crops may suffer. Look at this fine example of maximising water use with young plants.
2014-06-18 19.27.45Click to read more

2014-06-18 19

Click for a slideshow

Jam tomorrow

Come and help this Wednesday, 18th June, to pick gooseberries from the bushes near the polytunnel. Bring good gloves, sit in the sun and chat while you pick. Then find some shade and top and tail the fruit ready for the jam-making workshop on Saturday (see below).

 gooseberries-growinggooseberries-picked
jimjam-jarsP1390695-jams

Eddie’s in production

Eddie is pleased to show us what he’s achieved with a one-meter square raised bed.
eddieplebanproduce Click the picture and see what he grew last year!

Click here to see some photos taken at the training session on Saturday 6th June at Bluebell Allotments
Carolyn_Batch_image008Carolyn_Batch_image001

Dates for diaries

Saturday 21st June
• 10am to 1pm jam making with Bridget.

• 6pm Come & help us celebrate the summer solstice at the allotments with our annual evening gathering. It’ll be just like the 1st Sunday food share but it’ll be in the evening from 6pm onwards! We’re also fundraising then, so any kitchen utensils/cookery books you’ve to spare would be gratefully received. Please bring to the big shed & leave under the long table to your right as you come into the shed. Many thanks.

Juyna
P1350415_on_P1520680
Click to see a bigger picture

Sunday 22nd June 11am Herb walk with Bridget.

Saturday 28th June 12-4pm Marlpit Community Garden OPEN DAY. Marlpit Community Garden has completed its first year and it is time to celebrate!

Click for poster C-free
Any offer of help would be appreciated, please contact: Mahesh at mahesh.pant@talktalk.net.

Sunday 6th July Bluebell GO2 AGM and food-sharing.
All growers are invited! Come and have your say on present management and future developments, as well as some great food to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers.

10am-2pm at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road. Centre is on the corner of Taylor Road.
Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

Saturday 27th September 12-4pm GO2 Open Day and 10th anniversary


WATER

You may have noticed the water tanks have been empty on some occasions. This is because they rely on water coming from the big tanks at the back of the big shed. Those tanks, in turn, rely on either rainwater or being filled by the hose from the tap at the front of the car park. Ideally, the hose pipe connecting the tanks to the tap should be attached and the tap turned on, at all times. The tanks will NOT overflow because they have a siphon system. So, PLEASE, if you are on the allotment, make sure the hosepipe is connected and the tap turned on. Thank you.
Click here to see how it works
p1460613


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk.

Effective use of water – this Sunday’s training session

Come and find out how to water your plot more effectively, and how to retain the rain that does fall. Carolyn Batch has grown fruit and veg in Greece so she knows a trick or two about efficient use of water. She’ll be sharing her knowledge with us on Sunday, June 8th from 11am to 12pm and will include a tour of her full size allotments.

Water_faucet

Also this Sunday

Help with compost and possible muck collection please from 10.00. See Phil.


On your plot this month

This is another busy month on your plot. You’ll be sowing and planting out tender things, ideally at fortnightly intervals to make sure you don’t have gluts of courgettes, beans and so on.
Harvest: If you sowed peas and broad beans in the autumn you’ll be picking them now (these were sown in November last year). There’s also radish,lettuce and baby turnips; spring greens, spinach, Swiss chard. Herbs: chives, mint, parsley.
Seeds: We’ll have lots of seeds: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Calabrese, Runner Bean, French Bean, Beetroot, Carrot, Courgette, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Pumpkin, Peas, Radish, Romanesco (calabrese), spring onions.
Plants: Courgettes, pumpkin/squash, beans (French climbing, French dwarf and runner beans), sweet corn (we’ll be sowing more of these for you if you’ve missed out or have room for planting at fortnightly intervals).Some brassicas (cabbage family). Also some basil plants ready to be potted up and grown inside on a warm windowsill.

Next month

We’ll be getting ready for the autumn/winter crops – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calabrese, fennel, winter cabbage, kale.


Are you a jam-maker? Or would you like to learn?

On Saturday 21st June there will be a jam-making workshop, from 10am until 1pm. We’ll use gooseberries from the bushes near the polytunnel to make jam to raise funds for GO2. Email us to book your place; they are limited.

jimjam-jars
Jars needed
We need jam jars, with lids, clean and labels removed, for jam and chutney made from allotment produce. 300ml (1lb)size is the most useful, nothing larger, please. Leave in the big shed.


AGM Sunday 6th July 10.00 – 2pm

All growers are invited! Come and have your say on present management and future developments, as well as some great food to enjoy and an opportunity to meet more growers. We’ll start the meeting promptly at 10.30 followed by lunch (provided). Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.

There are some hot topics up for discussion including:
• Why we love GO2 and what we can do better next year. Are we the right size, should we be smaller or bigger?
• Why contributing to GO2 is essential and how to deal with growers who do not contribute.
• How to ensure plots are kept in a good condition.
• Running the Grow-at-Home scheme from Marlpit and no longer including growers with council allotments.

We’ll meet at West Earlham Community Centre, 10 Wilberforce Road, Norwich NR5 8NE. Directions: take Watton Road out of town and turn right at UEA Village along Wilberforce Road. Centre is on the corner of Taylor Road.

west-earlham-community-centre Click for Google map

Please note that there is no food-sharing lunch at the allotment that day.


Other Dates for Diariescalendar

Saturday 21st June
10am to 1pm – Jam making with Bridget.
6pm – Come & help us celebrate the summer solstice at the allotments with our annual evening gathering. It’ll be just like the 1st Sunday food share but it’ll be in the evening from 6pm onwards! We’re also fundraising then so any kitchen utensils/cookery books you’ve to spare would be gratefully received. Please bring to the big shed & leave under the long table to your right as you come into the shed. Many thanks.

Sunday 22nd June 11am Herb walk with Bridget.

Saturday 28th June 12-4pm Marlpit Community Garden OPEN DAY.
Marlpit Community Garden has completed its first year and it is time to celebrate!
Any offer of help would be appreciated, please contact: Mahesh at marlpit@grow-our-own.co.uk

Saturday 27th September 12-4pm GO2 Open Day and 10th anniversary


If you have anything you’d like to submit to GO2 News, please send it to newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk