The work at the Clonmel Allotments at Highfield Grove is in full swing at present, as the window of opportunity with sunny days and dry soil are acting as encouragement. The spuds are well up and have had their claying attended to. Cabbage is splendid and evident everywhere while onions are starting to swell their bulbs. Tomatoes are nice and sturdy, with strawberries well in flower. There are many more varied vegetables growing and in some cases ready for first picking. All this activity means that the weeds and stones have to be disposed of and this coming Friday, 14th there will be a skip at the lower gate from 8am until 4pm and it must be filled and removed in one day. Volunteers are needed to help fill it as the rubbish area is full to overflowing and wheel barrows and shovels are needed to load the skip. All plot holders are requested to help as the skip is a one-off effort to get control of the waste. All other waste, including weeds, must be left at this area for disposal, as the composting compound is for selected vegetable waste only and not a handy dump.
Trip to Botanic Gardens?
The committee are seeking expressions of interest in a bus trip to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin in mid-July. The Botanic Gardens have a walled garden, which has been set out as a teaching and practical example on growing and managing a great variety of vegetables and fruit. Each vegetable or fruit has a number of different types, with about ten for spuds and as many for lettuces, cabbages, onions and all the other favourites. Herbs and fruits have to be seen to get a full picture of what can be done in a few metres of garden, all done by hand without use of chemicals. The OPW will make the services of one of the gardening team available if at all possible to advise and detail their secrets in growing their range of vegetables suitable for Irish conditions.
It is hoped to make the trip on a Saturday and be back early with a stop for a meal on the way home. There is also a restaurant and all the other facilities at the gardens, including the magnificent flower beds and hot houses. Contact any of the committee or secretary Bernard on 086-2937220 for more details.
In the meantime keep those pesky weeds in check and attend to regular watering.