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Tatty Hoaker
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Hello from Donegal. Reply with quote

Well there,

I'm living in Donegal and new to this growing in the garden game except for the the odd bit a grass or daffodil.

I have a brave bit of time on my hands since closing up shop at christmas time so i decided i would set some spuds, carrots and maybe onion in the back garden.

I have fenced off the plot this week ( 30ft x 24ft) to keep the bichon out and have paired the grass off a 12 x 7 area to plant a small 3 drill spud section

I plan tomorrow to dig and losen the soil in this section, add some compost and fertilizer before setting the spuds that have been trayed in the shed since last week.

I will give the onion and carrot section a go when when the spuds are set.

Ps. I have put fruit trees at the bottom of the overall plot aswell.

There seems to be an endless amount of information on this site so i'll give it a good troll over and let you know how things go as i progress.

Cheers.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there, welcome to the forum from a fellow Donegal wanabe gardener - although you seem to be starting out well. Good luck with it all and enjoy the forum.
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Tatty Hoaker
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Moggi,I'll give it a go anyway and see how it goes.

Ps. Do you know of any local prize winning potato fairs on around July/August? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Tatty Hoaker. I presume it is Donegal seed potatoes you are sowing. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WElcome, Tatty Hoaker. I assume that's the equivelent of a Scottish Tatty Howker.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tatty Hoaker, Not too sure about award winning potato shows, although I know there was something on in Carndonagh at the end of March dealing with organic produce. There was a post on this forum about it but unfortunately I was working and didn't make it. I'll ask my brother in law as he is a potato farmer and get back to you.
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Tatty Hoaker
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all for the welcome.

I got my plots finished and ready for sowing today.

Sets of Kerr's Pinks and giant onion variety sets.

The only problem is that when i checked the bag of onions in the shed they had sprouted green shoots.I hope this is not a problem as i am going ahead planting them tomorrow.
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Tatty Hoaker
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liparis wrote:
WElcome, Tatty Hoaker. I assume that's the equivelent of a Scottish Tatty Howker.
Bill.


Yes more or less.
Actually my grandmother was sent to Scotland to Hoak the tatties each autumn for big farmers. - Tough times.

I was put out myself when i was younger but only with local squads but still back breaking work.
Not many farmers if any now a days still manually harvesting potatoes.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those were the days, you could make a shilling or two at that if you were good at it. They ended up making a weeks holiday in Scottish schools at that time, it became known as the tattie howkers week. So many kids bunked off school to earn a shilling or two for the family that the authorities gave up trying to stop it and it's been a school holiday ever since.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tatty Hoaker - just found out that there is usually a prize winning potato show at the Clonmany festival and as far as I know it is on during the August bank holiday weekend or thereabouts so just keep an eye out.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for finding that out for me Moggi - Your a woman of your word.

All i need now is for my Pinks to appear!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: inishowen show Reply with quote

Hi Tatty

You might like to check out the Carndonagh Agricultural show too. It's on the 19th of July.....Our dog won the best large dog rosette a couple of years ago ( hewas the only one entering the catagory but he still wore it with pride.) The event was one of very few I have been to where no-one seemed to be scared of animals. (Our dog used to grin at you when he met you and people mistook this for growling, which made taking him anywhere a bit probematic)

....The spuds were big 'uns too.....

http://inishowenagriculturalshow.com/

Cheers

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good man Ian.

What breed of dog do you have btw.Ours is a little Bichon Frise, quite a bit smaller than yours by the sound of it.
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Not sure what he was...he had the colourings of a coy carp and his eyes were different colours like David Bowie's....we called him Max. He's feeding the garden shrubs now.........Your dog is cute... I think I saw a photo of him somewhere on the forum site.....
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