Can you sow a few extra seeds to swap or share?

seedlings

Get plant swapping

Every May we hold a big plant swap that’s bursting with vegetables, salads, fruit, herbs, seeds and wildlife-friendly flowers. If you’d like to get involved, you can:

– Sow a few extra seeds this Spring.
– Bring along your spare seedlings.
– Take cuttings or divide perennial plants.
– Save your seeds to share.

What would you like to grow?

Please let us know if there are particular plants that you’d like to be able to pick up from our Plant Swap, and we’ll ask our network if anyone can bring them along. We’ve already been asked for Cardoons, Globe Artichokes, Patty Pan Squash, Dill, Peppers and soft fruit. Please let us know about anything you can bring, or anything you’d like to get – and we’ll do our best to find it. 

Join us for our Big Plant Swap

You’re very welcome to join us between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 20th May at Newsome Scout Hall to swap or share whatever you’ve grown and to meet other local food growers. Full event details will be available on our web site nearer the time.

seedlings and plants

 

Spring planting – Saturday 8th April 2017

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

Spring planting
Saturday 8th April
from 10am to 12 noon

Ashenhurst Allotments, entrance between 67 & 69
Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6PX

Come and join us for an informal, fun planting session.

Help us to start planting up our community allotment with vegetable seeds this Spring.

Meet other local growers and take a tour of our plot.

You can sit down in our potting shed to sow some seeds, or plant some vegetables out in our plot.

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments provided.

We have space undercover in case it rains!

 

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

 

Potato varieties available in 2017

Apache potatoes

Apache potatoes

If you’re going to grow some spuds this year, you might want to have a look at some of the 30 varieties of seed potato we’ll have available at our Seed Swap and Potato Day. There’s something for everyone, from old favourites to some more unusual varieties.

All our potatoes are £2 per dozen, pick and mix (or 20p each). You can choose just what you need – and you’ll be supporting our community activities at the same time.

Our full list of varieties:

Potato picker 2017 – full list of varieties (pdf)

or you might like to try one of our top five…


Our top five potato picks

Home Guard potatoesHome Guard is one of the eight heritage varieties that we have available this year. It was the main potato during World War II, being introduced in 1942 and promoted by the Home Guard. It has consistent high and early yields of tasty potatoes. The last time we had Home Guard available, it proved very successful – one participant told us that these were “the best potatoes I’ve ever grown”. So we have jumped at the chance to offer them again this year. 



Pink Gypsy potatoesPink Gypsy 
is one of the new varieties we’re trying this time. It’s quite distinctive looking, with deep pink and cream skins. The tasty white and creamy flesh has a lovely, fluffy texture when cooked. Great whether baked, roasted or mashed. If striking-coloured spuds are your thing, you might also like to try Apache (which has similar markings), Salad Blue, Shetland Black or Highland Burgundy Red.

 


Jazzy seed potatoesJazzy is popular with our local growers. This exciting new second early variety has been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit for its superb garden performance. It’s a waxy, set-skinnned potato which is both versatile and good looking – boil, steam, crush or roast. Described as a “small potato that packs a big punch” because it’s full of flavour and has performed well in trials.

 


Mixture of Sarpo potatoesSarpo potatoes are grown by the Sarvari Research Trust in North Wales. These potatoes all have excellent resistance to blight, so they are ideal for organic growers. Our participants have had great success with them. This year we have Sarpo Kifli and Sarpo Mira on offer. Ideal if you want a reliable main crop. The Sarpo Mira is organic – it’s one of fourteen different organic varieties that we’re offering this year.

 


Pink Fir Apple potatoesPink Fir Apple potatoes are always in high demand here – and rightly so. They’re one of our all time favourites, great tasting both hot and cold. You can cook them whole in their skins, so don’t worry about peeling this unusual shaped spud. To make sure that you don’t miss out on this firm favourite, we keep lots of them in stock. Enjoy!

Growing Newsome Seed Swap & Huddersfield Potato Day – Saturday 4th March 2017

Seed Swap and Potato Day
Get your growing year off to a great start with our bumper early Spring event…

Seed Swap and Potato Day

Saturday 4th March 2017
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Pink Fir Apple, British Queen and Sarpo Blue Danube


Huddersfield Potato Day

Choose from 30 different types of seed potato, including popular easy-to-grow varieties and some more unusual types. All seed potatoes are £2 per dozen (pick and mix) or 20p each. Our 2017 varieties are:


1st Earlies:

Casablanca (organic), Home Guard, Lady Christl, Maris Bard (organic), Pentland Javelin, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Sharpe’s Express, Swift.

2nd Earlies:
Apache, British Queen, Charlotte (organic), Jazzy, Kestrel, Maris Peer (organic), Nicola (organic).

Mains:
Ambo (organic), Cara (organic), Desiree (organic), Foxton (organic), Golden Wonder (organic), Highland Burgundy Red (organic), 
International Kidney, Pink Gypsy (organic), Pink Fir Apple, Rooster, Salad Blue (organic), Sarpo Kifli, Sarpo Mira (organic), Shetland Black.

Potato picker 2017 (PDF)
– more info about all our 2017 seed potato varieties

Potato varieties available in 2017 – our top five potato picks


seeds and seedlings


Seed Swap

Seeds galore – We’ll also have vegetable and salad seeds, sprouted garlic, onion sets and shallots on offer. You can either swap, or pick up some seeds in exchange for a small donation. Try our seed starter packs – ideal for growing in small spaces.

Activities – Seed planting and crafts for kids.

Local food – Jam, pickles, chutney etc. made from fruit and veg grown in Newsome.

Books – Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Refreshments – Tea, coffee and home made cakes available all day.

Help with growing – Please ask for advice.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – Stirley Community Farm will be here to tell you about what’s happening at the farm and how you can get involved. Fresh, farm-grown veg will also be on sale.

Plant pot & jam jar amnesty – Bring along your spare small plant pots or small jam jars (1Ib or less).


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Composting advice

Want to start composting at home or on your allotment but not sure how? Want some tips about improving your compost? Or want to find out how to set up a wormery? Kirklees Council’s recycling officer, Rachel Palmer, will be on hand at our event to help you learn more about composting.


potato day food and activities
Join us for lunch

served 12 noon to 1pm 

Enjoy a warming cooked lunch, featuring some local ingredients.

Free admission. All welcome. And please tell all your friends!

Seed Swap 2017 leaflet (pdf)

Huddersfield Potato Day leaflet (pdf)


WYOGOrganised by Growing Newsome

Our special thanks to the
West Yorkshire Organic Group
for supporting our Potato Day.


Want to help?

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with our events and activities. Contact us at growingnewsome@gmail.com to find out more, or ask on the day.


Autumn Gathering – Saturday 15th October 2016

Autumn Gathering jam

Love local food? There’s lots for you to enjoy at this event…

Autumn Gathering

Saturday 15th October 2016
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

redcurrant jam
Lots of preserves and other goodies made from fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in Newsome.

Kids crafts – get creative in our craft corner using natural materials to make a collage or creature.

Reading Circle book stall (with all sorts of books).

Recipes  and tasters – find out what you can make.

Produce share – please bring along any surplus fruit or vegetables that you’d like to share.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes available.

Information about local volunteering, events and activities.

Jam jar amnesty – clean, small jam jars (1 Ib or less) are welcome.


Autumn planting garlicgarlic

Autumn Planting:

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home – including a great selection of garlic bulbs, onions, shallots, seeds and some fruit and veg plants.

Protect your plants – good quality plant protection fabric on sale by the metre.


Autumn soup

Souper Soups:
served from 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a choice of seasonal soups for lunch at the Scout Hall, made with local vegetables and served with a selection of fresh local breads, followed by a hot Autumn pudding made with local fruit.

Autumn cake



hedgehogHow you can help:

  • Display a poster:
    Autumn Gathering poster (PDF)
  • Bring something for the cake stall.
  • Bring along the rest of the family or bring a friend.
  • Please get in touch if you’d like to come along and help out on the day.

Organised by Growing Newsome


 

Garlic bulbs available at our Autumn Gathering

garlic bulbOur Autumn planting vegetables this year will include seven different varieties of French garlic, which is certified to be 99% virus free and fungus free. Pick up yours at our Autumn Gathering event on 15th October 2016.

Garlic needs a month or more in the ground at a temperature of 10C or less, and Autumn planting gives you the best chance for this.

So you can get planting yours soon – all you need to do is decide what sort to grow.

To help you choose, here are some notes from our supplier (Jennifer Birch)…

Arno

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • A good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Produces the largest bulbs of any long dormancy type.
  • Plant between November and March for harvest late July or August.
  • A white head with pink cloves.
  • High multiplication ratio.

Aulixito

  • A very early cropper.
  • Plant in October for harvest in June.
  • White head and white clove skins.
  • A garlic with stiff stems which will naturally flower.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

Cristo

  • A white garlic head with pale red cloves.
  • Consistent cropper, good size for a long dormancy type.
  • Plant before or after Christmas for harvest in July or August.
  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.

Dario

  • A newly developed variety, popular with French growers.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.

Germidour

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in June.
  • A rich purple head with ivory clove skins – very attractive.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Lift as soon as mature. Should keep until December following harvesting.

Sultop

  • White head garlic with attractive red clove skins.
  • Plant before or after Christmas for a July or August harvest.
  • A really good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Has hard stems which flower naturally and can be made into posies.

Thermidrome

  • A traditional variety producing large heads and cloves.
  • White head with white clove skins.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

You can pick up your garlic bulbs at our Autumn Gathering event on Saturday 15th October, 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall. We ask for £2 per whole bulb to cover our costs. This is ideal if you have a small garden or plot, as you don’t need to buy a whole pack. It’s also great if you fancy planting more than one variety and you just want one bulb of each – or if you want lots, but want to save some pennies (and avoid paying for postage).

Look out for onions, shallots, broad bean seeds and some fruit and veg plants too – all suitable for Autumn planting. We also have some good quality enviromesh, in case you need to cover any of your crops over.

If you can’t make it to our Autumn event, we will offer any remaining stock afterwards. You can Join our email list for updates.

The nights might well be drawing in, but there’s still lots to get growing.

Growing Newsome at Upmarket – 10th April 2016

Growing Newsome at Upmarket

Growing Newsome at Upmarket Sunday
Sunday 10th April 2016
From 10am to 3pm

Huddersfield Open Market, Brook Street HD1 1RY

 

Drop by our stall at this popular Huddersfield market, which this month has a ‘Step into Spring’ theme.

We have a selection of vegetable seeds that are perfect for growing in small spaces, and you can choose from 18 different varieties of chitted seed potatoes – perfect for growing in bags or containers, or in a garden or allotment if you have more room. You can pot up a windowsill propagator to take home with you. We also have lots of onion sets available, and the last of the 2015 crop of our homegrown preserves.

Please drop by if you’d like to know more about growing your own vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit. You can find out how to get involved in local food growing activities, and hear about our upcoming events for food growers.

At Upmarket Sunday you can also find antiques, collectables, handmade arts and crafts, vintage fashion and plenty of Yorkshire food and drink, plus there’s live music and street food on sale. Look out for our Newsome neighbours Laura on the I Love Cheesecake stall (delicious homemade cheesecakes) and Valerie at Dapur Malaysia (highly recommended for an equally delicious hot lunch).

A relaxing Sunday event for all the family.

Growing Newsome at Upmarket

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