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stephen gibson
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: allotment at last Reply with quote

hey i just got an allotment in the new cork street site in dublin 8 i sign for it on tuesday.im going for the raised bed approch,should i mix in lots of compost with the soil or what will i do?

any tips would be great thanks
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes you can do that..dig the area over add peat free multipurpose compost(not too much 1 60ltr bag would be enough for a 10ft x 10ft plot..dig it/rake it in well..removing any stones over 2" as you go..when you have that done i would assemble the raised bed.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: cheers Reply with quote

cheers thanks for that il give it ago tuesday
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the allotment may not need compost. if weeds grow there and are flourishing then you wont need compost. If the soil looks heavy and compacted and very hard to dig and no weeds then add in compost. Compost is added for two reasons, for plant food and secondly to physically improve the structure of the soil to make it easier to dig.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: thanks Reply with quote

cheers thanks a lot i havent seen the plot yet but il know now what to look out for
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