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Claremonaghan
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:23 pm    Post subject: Hi there Reply with quote

Hello there. New member here. I have just got an allotment and I would like to learn how to grow vegetables to feed my family. My aim is to grow grow fresh produce, organic if I can. Only an allotment so I don't have huge space but I have been told an allotment can be plenty big. Hope to learn from you experts here.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome along. There's lots of help and advice available here and a bit of crack, too. Home grown veg taste great on the plate!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome along, hope you get to enjoy the site, lots of (Actually three or four) people willing to give advice here you will not agree with it all but stick around and see how you find it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly, welcome along.
Secondly, stay a while.
Thirdly, there are no experts here only chancers and spoofers (see two prime examples above) unfortunately more will be along shortly!
Finally, hurry up as you have loads to do if you want to get going for this year unless of course you have made a start already.
I'm the only sane one here you know.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That other pair have only recently been promoted and are in search of my scalp I wont be here for much longer so get your posts in quick.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the welcome. Everyone will know more than me, even spoofers and chancers so all help very welcome. I m lucky to have the allotment I think. Other gardeners will be close at hand for advice and sharing.
@Tagwex I have not started much but I have drawn up a plan and have bought some seeds based on that.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good sign is that you have replied, now we just have to make sure you stay hooked.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you an understanding of crop rotation and companion planting to maximise the area of your plot and keeping pests/diseases at bay?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a couple of acres worry about crop rotation, if its only a couple of metres, I would nt be too bothered, Im sure the eel worms will be able to move that far and cockchafers, Carrot root fly wont mine flying low over the ground to source your carrots. In a small garden just dont grow certain crops for a season that MIGHT help but no guarantee depends on what the neighbours get up too,As an example no point in spraying the lawn for dandelions if the field beside you is covered in them. see were off already not agreeing but there is no right or wrong way.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't make what I meant to say very clear. I didn't mean yearly rotation, why would I on an allotment? I meant quick growing crops in amongst the slow growing ones to maximise the ground available.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew what you meant, Just pushing your buttons careful im good at this Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should see how I push buttons!!!
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