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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject: Allotment Gallery Reply with quote

Not sure whether this thread should be in the Garden Gallery section of the board (so feel free to move it Verge or GPI) but I'm posting it here initially. Some nice evening light photos of the plot. I can't think of a better way to spend an hour on a sunny evening then with my daughter down on the plot, her digging for imaginary treasure (usually she says it's smarties or ice cream...dunno what they'd be doing buried in my allotment Confused ) and me trying to make inroads on the thistle invasion. This is our first year on the plot so really after almost 3 months we're just getting to grips with it. The priority is a fence and some nets for the cabbages. I might even try that pumpkins trick that was mentioned in the Irish Times yesterday.

I also set up a blog for the Maynooth Allotments. It's slowly coming together. One of our allotment holders has been keeping a great blog himself though if you want to have a look.



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The pumpkin/squash bed got sorted last sunday, some of them have come on vastly since being taken out of the pots a few days ago.
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Carrots need some serious thinning. Might try and get another early variety in before july. You can just see some onions and garlic in with them. They've been doused with used coffee grounds aswell so if the carrot fly finds them then fair play to her.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! Everything looks really healthy. Well done.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Job - everything is thriving ! I have been trying to uploads some pics of my own plot but without success ! I will keep trying - nice work again macfisto !
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats looks really beautiful, great work!
I agree, that there is nothing better than playing in the garden with children. My daughter also digs for treasures!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly, fair play on a great job on a first year allotment. You would swear you were at it years paddy mac fisto. Wink


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I have been trying to uploads some pics of my own plot but without success ! I will keep trying - nice work again macfisto !


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Allotment gallery Reply with quote

I tried to keep it fairly conventional for the first year. In reality I don't get that much time down there, maybe 5-7 hours a week so I tried to just plant things that wouldn't need too much minding. The fence is urgently required, between the rabbits and the farmers sheep escaping a few weeks ago I'm getting increasingly nervous. Thanks for all the comments, nothing would look half as good without the help of the posters on this site. It's great to have this website to fall back on.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great plots great pictures keep it going.
try pulling the thistles usin a good leather glove.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey paddy mac those pics are great well done to you and your daughter on a fantastic job, keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!! everything looks fantastic!! By the time we got our plot it was end of april so to get everything dug and then sown we're a good couple of months behind. I'm really hoping theres a bit of a growth spurt over the next few weeks. Most of our stuff only went in between the beginning of may to the middle may Embarassed Gave everything a good feed with some seaweed extract and lightly dug in some chicken manure pellets to try and give everything a bit of a boost.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: getting stuff in late Reply with quote

The first year I guess is gonna be the hardest. I was the same, I didn't get on the plot til the end of March and then it was the end of April before I got most stuff planted. At least the hard bit is done now and next year we can focus on the veg rather than preparing the plot itself. A vigorous dig through this winter and loads of manure and we'll be right on track for 2010. I've checked your blog a few times over the weeks though and you seem to be doing great. Keep watching out for the squirrels/rats/butterflies.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your plants look to be Thriving Paddy.Well worth all the effort now.Great to she the child enjoying helping out.

Here is a photo of my plot. This is my first year at the vegetables.Short video of garden on

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yowzers Tatty Hoaker that is one organisised plot you've got there. The veg look great as well. Do you find the li'l uns eat the veg a little easier if they've picked it themselves? I went down with the childer and picked some rainbow chard last night and they actually ate it! The best I was hoping for was a nibble and then probably a "I've had enough of that Daddy I'm all fullup" from them.
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paddy mac fisto wrote:
Yowzers Tatty Hoaker that is one organisised plot you've got there. The veg look great as well. Do you find the li'l uns eat the veg a little easier if they've picked it themselves? I went down with the childer and picked some rainbow chard last night and they actually ate it! The best I was hoping for was a nibble and then probably a "I've had enough of that Daddy I'm all fullup" from them.


Yes unbelievable,they really enjoy watching the veg as they grow and are keen to taste everything.I've even got them eating onions for the first time!
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