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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:14 pm    Post subject: Just starting Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I've just (october) got myself an allottment near Dublin and as I'm a novice am looking for any advice you can give re growing vegetables...schedule of growing: what can i grow now; should I wait until Springand how can I prepare the soil.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait until springtime is my advice right now. it is too late to sow or plant any vegetables except plant Rhubarb.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could put in garlic and onion sets (have I said that before Laughing Laughing Laughing )
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:43 am    Post subject: just starting Reply with quote

Thanks everyone
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

best bet over the winter is to prepare the plot - what condition is it in? has it been used for allotments before?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seedaholics does a really useful sowing calendar. http://www.seedaholic.com/edibles/sowing-calender.html They also have some unusual plants and ar great for inspiration!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting Reply with quote

sullie2 wrote:
I've just (october) got myself an allottment near Dublin


Do you mind my asking- where did you get the allotment? I'm interested in one, but most seem like a long way out- I'm not sure I'd get into the car and drive for an hour to tend my veggies. (County council allotments have long waiting lists)

My advice for what it's worth, is if you have access to rotted manure or compost- spread loads of it on the beds (might be worth making raised beds ahead of time as well if you plan to use them) and the worms will work it in making things easier in Spring. In the small beds I have in my garden, I'm putting in manure, compost and vermicompost as the veggies come out.

If you've to make beds from scratch (from grassland for example) see if you can get someone with a rotovator to go over them after a few days dry weather- then top off up with manure or compost, and a few sheets thick of newspaper or cardboard and cover the beds with water and air permeable weed supressing membrane, pinned or weighted down. Otherwise you'll have alot of weeds/ grass to get rid of in Spring.

Good luck and have fun!!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks garlicbreath...Seedaholics has loads of useful ideas.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Medievalknievel....allottment has been rotavated and manured and in good nick...first time to be used.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:22 am    Post subject: just starting Reply with quote

Hi Cathyd....allottment is out towards Enniskerry ( just past Kilternan)..if you are still interested I will check availability for you.
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