Don’t Get Locked IN!

At Bluebell South Allotments, the gates are often now locked during the day – we don’t know by whom, or why, and we recommend that everyone in GO2 has a key to the main gate. This is needed to unlock and lock the padlock.
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Apparently the Allotment Officer has told Council plot-holders to keep the gate locked at all times. We can’t stop other plot-holders locking the gate – so the only answer is for all of us to have a key. If you ask for one when you meet an Admin Team member, they’ll arrange for you to be given a key for a deposit of £5.

The gates in July 2012

The gates in July 2012

Thefts

Bluebell South: be vigilant!

Someone with a plot neighbouring ours by the main shed had a bicycle stolen mid-morning last week and some other things have gone missing from sheds (not ours yet, as far as we know).

Best to lock your cycle and please do not go far from the shed when it’s open. If you see anyone wandering about and you feel they might not be a plotholder, there’s no harm in asking them if they need any help. You can make a note of anything suspicious in the daybook.

Christine

Help!

Dear growers, we need your help. Large numbers of plants have gone missing from the green house and poly tunnel area. We are not talking about the odd half dozen here; for example, we have sown 180 sweet corn, at least half of which have disappeared.plant-thief

Whole trays of lovingly sown and tended plants are being taken.

So, please, if you see anyone helping themselves to large amounts of our plants, do ask, politely, if s/he is a member of our scheme and explain what has happened.


Spare brassicas

Rochelle has some spare white cabbages, purple sprouting broccoli, and kale plants in her council plot and would like to pass them on.

They need to be lifted and transplanted at the same time, so if you would like some, please email her to arrange a time to do it: rochelle.wilson1@googlemail.com

Rochelle Wilson

Happy New Year

First Sunday of 2014 is … … Food Sharing Sunday

Come along to the GO2 Centre at Bluebell South Allotments on Sunday 5th at 1pm to meet other growers and share food and food ideas. Crops are somewhat limited at this season, but could include Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Lamb’s Lettuce, Leeks, Parsnips or Swiss Chard. We have a few seasonal recipes on our website – see the following link-pictures – but if you’d like to contribute any just send them to Recipes

January recipes for kale

January recipes for kale

Best Wishes from the Food Team

Rustling Bees

In the run-up to Christmas we had a disappointing setback at Marlpit Community Garden. bee-rustling Tish_Kerkham-beesOur first hive of honey-bees was stolen – click the pictures above to see the published news story.


We’ll find some more soon.honey_bee_flying_md_wht
Best wishes for the new growing year,

Jim