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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: new from carlow Reply with quote

Hi all im new to this site i find it very interesting you learn new things ever day,I have been playing around with an idea of starting up alotments in the Carlow/Wicklow area just looking for some advice about going about it thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to hear that somebody is starting allotments in that area. I have wide experience of allotments having given short courses in season at many of them.
They need to be easily accessible, good parking toilet facilities, running water lockers, access to compost and manure, facilities for compost making. Grant aid may be available from local Leader. Size of plots can vary from 400 sq feet to 4,000 sq feet. Each plot should be clearly designated and boundaries in place. Each plot should have been ploughed and ready for use in Spring. The ideal site is a South facing field well drained and sheltered that has bee tilled in recent years and free of the major perennial weeds. Prices vary from 200--300 euros per annum and some allow permanent crops like apples and soft fruit. There is usually a great spirit of comraderie amongst the plot holders. Holding a course in conjunction with the allotments builds up this spirit and there is great sharing of ideas and produce.. Consult Irish Gardeners Handbook.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)

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