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sunflower from the west
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Hello everybody Reply with quote

Greetings to all.

We have moved from Dublin to the West last September. We have gone from a 30foot garden to 7 acres. Any tips or ideas for the acres would be greatful.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum. I'd plant the seven acres with trees if I were you. I've planted most of my place. Trees and timber are the crops of the future. Also, keep back an acre for apple trees (you'll be able to make your own cider) and a half-acre or so for vegetables. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:20 pm    Post subject: Trees are the way of the future Reply with quote

Sunflower, I totally agree with Seán Ph'Lib. Allow some distance from the house to the south and the west to let sunshine in and keep wind out from what will be your cottage garden. Start the tree-planting furthest from the house. Work back towards the house over the next five years Start with bullet-proof windbreak shrubs to the southwest and work up to coniferous (if you must) then decids. and eventually fruit trees. (Fruit crops best in plenty sun and rain and no wind.)
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sunflower from the west
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all. Yep, I thinks trees are the way to go. We have 3 acres beside our cottage and a further 4 acres that is beside a river. I am growing veg & fruit at the moment. I am growing reeds to use as fuel for the stove. I did have 3 tomatoe plants in glasshouse but now I am down to two thanks to the slugs Sad .
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