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Stepping Stones Allotment - Green Fingers


Green Fingers is our award winning allotment project, set up by Stepping Stones in Autumn 2006.  We currently have two adjoining allotment sites in North Norwich, where students and staff grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers.  We make good use of the produce in our kitchen at the centre.  It's great to have freshly picked, locally grown vegetables for our lunch.  We also make jams and chutneys. 

right:  Nicky's Allotment Video


In June we held an open day where students invited guests to celebrate the work at the allotment. It looked like it might rain but it turned out to be a lovely sunny afternoon. We put bunting around the site to make it look pretty. We served up the refreshments - beetroot soup, herby bread, cake, cous cous salad and spanish omelette, it was free to taste. Our allotment neighbours popped by to have a good look and say hello. Some students produced story books about all the gardening activities they are involved in. The garden looked neat and tidy and full of colour.  

Winter and spring saw us busy with heavy groundwork, creating new raised beds, replacing timber and reinstating  wood chip paths - many thanks to Norwich Norse for kindly providing our woodchip and Sainsbury’s at Longwater for providing some labour. Everyone helped to barrow woodchip, raking it level onto the paths with Alex proving to be our raking expert.

It's just turned from April to May and the growing season is well under way. We’ve been quickly filling our new raised beds with plants raised from seed, including quick growing crops such as radish, spinach, rocket, lettuce, beetroot, as well as carrots, parsnips, broad beans, peas, garlic, onions and Kale. 

We had delicious rhubarb crumble, made from our forced stems which were sweet and juicy. We've also launched our plant stall onto an unsuspecting public. So far we've held 5 lunchtime sales, with more planned over the coming months.

What's Happening Spring 2014


From Soil to Soup in Less Than a Mile 

We’re really enjoying the fruits of our labour at the allotment, all the weeks of sowing, hoeing, weeding, feeding and watering have all been worth it! We’ve picked buckets of redcurrants, punnets of strawberries, picked peas from the pod, and continue to bring broad beans, courgettes, squash, kale, chard, cauliflower, lettuce, rocket, chives, onions,  cucumbers, and more,…all to the kitchen door. 

At time of writing the tomatoes are turning red, chillies and peppers are ballooning and we’re unearthing a beautiful variety of purple potato (v. Purple Majesty).

One morning this week we got up early to the allotment and brought beetroot and onion to the kitchen, where we enjoyed a morning with Linda making beetroot soup with garlic bread for everyone. 

beetroot picking


Green Fingers Archive  A collection of news reports about the allotment project since 2006


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