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Starting my allotment.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:18 pm    Post subject: Starting my allotment. Reply with quote

I have been looking for an allotment in my local area(north Tipp) for ages. This year I really looked and began to despair as I had no luck, however as luck would have it there was a co-op allotment that I eventually looked into, 10 minutes from my door, and it turned out to be what I was looking for.

What put me off was the word Co-op. Initially I associated it with another local co_op which is a co_op in every sense of the word. Everyone chips in and everyone get equal reward. However I wanted plot of my own and eventually found it.

My background in vegetables etc is that my father used to grow about a acre of Veg and potatoes in a field beside our house. I used to weed it weekly as a young lad however I remember sowing everything and looking at my own kids it was an edcuation I want them to know about. We used organic manure from our uncles farm which was literally a mix of cow poo,straw and the remains of their hay feed. He still does at home but in smaller quantities as we all moved away. While my home house in over an hour away it was not ideal however he is growing my potatoes for me in a few drills for me and the rest for him.

So this year in anticipation of finding an allotment I started growing seedlings in large trays on the pretext that I would not find an allotment and I could grow a very small amount in the trays to full term however if I found an allotment I could transplant them when the time was right.

That day is tomorrow. My father, uncle and me are starting on the allotment tomorrow with the intention to turn it(all manually of course).Set in some manure set up drills and plant what we have. Its on the large side of 5m x 10m

we intend on transplanting peas, sprouts, brocoilli, cauliflower and onions(possibly), strawberries and planting in cabbage plants that i got today.

pictures to follow on this thread.

How is everyones elses allotment going. I know there is bad growth at the moment.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All started here
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broccoli not the best but have a few separately growing
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Onions only a few weeks growth
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peas
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sprouts
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cauliflower
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pumpkins which were attacked by some green fly only doing these for the fun with the kids
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with the allotment Gerry, it must be very exciting getting started with a new plot....and of course the best part is seeing what does well for other people and exchanging advice and experience.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on all you have done. And your brocolli will be fine. Don't forget to put up some pics of your plot when you get time. And happy gardening.

What are the green boxes you are growing thing in, they look interesting
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! There is a GIY meeting every fourth thursday in Nenagh library at 6.30 pm. Next on, May 24th.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know how clear the pic is but my dad drove for an hour with 10bags of this in the back of the van
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Does anyone know what cabbage this is? We planted cabbages ourselves but saw that these we nicer than what we had.
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