Knockanrawley Recourse Centre is always a very busy place but at this time of year those involved in promoting the allotments and the concept of ‘Grow Your Own’ are busier than most.
The fantastic weather is also a help with enthusiastic gardeners out day and night at the allotment project at the Knockanrawley Centre planting and taking car of their own space.
As a way of working with the community around ‘Grow Your Own’, organic food awareness and food security, there are now some small allotments in the Knockanrawley Centre Organic Garden.
These have been allocated to members of the local community and groups within KRC.
Plots have been taken by groups of Knockanrawley Resource Centre itself, the Tuesday Morning Women’s Group and the Men’s Shed. They are ongoing projects for them using team effort to grow and share the vegetables they cultivate.
Through agreement, they all will grow organic produce on the allotments with the technical support of KRC, if, and when, they need it.
One of those who has taken up an allotment is Betty Noonan of nearby Pearse Park and she is absolutely delighted with her decision.
“I just love it here. Its so peaceful and relaxing you just forget about everything else,its a wonderful experience,” said Betty.
Betty goes over to the allotment a couple of times a week and has already planted potatoes,cabbage,lettuce, onions, white turnips and carrots.
“I am just waiting now for the lettuce to come up, it wont be that long now , maybe a little bit of rain might help,” she said.
Betty said she had considered taking up a plot in Carrowclough but she lives just across from the Knockanrawley Centre and finds it very convenient to go across the road to carry out a bit of work on her plot.
“Its one of the best things I have done in a long time, I w ould recommend it to anybody,” said Betty.
Betty said she always liked gardening and always grew flowers in her own garden. This year she decided to try out growing vegetables and was delighted when an opportunity arose to take up plot in the Knockanrawley Centre.
“My family have all grown up now so I have plenty of time to put into the plot.I go over in the evening and really enjoy it,” she said.
It is a busy place at this time of the year with the men’s group and the women’s group working on their plots and betty said it was great to meet people working on their plots in the evenings.
“We all have a little bit of advice to give to one another, you meet new people and its a great way of learning about growing,” said Betty.
To make her plot a little more colourful Betty has also grown flowers on her plot and she is looking forward to bringing home her produce when the time is right.
“I am really excited about taking up the lettuce when it is ready and the onions and the cabbage , the potatoes will be a little later in the year. Its going to be a very busy year but I am delighted I went ahead with taking it on,” she said.