Last year Knockanrawley Resource Centre started their allotments project to encourage local residents to use the organic garden, grow their own food for their families and make new friends.The project was a great success with eleven plots being taken up with all produce grown organically. Gardening can be therapeutic anyway but producing fresh vegetables for your own table is also very rewarding as well as fun.Mary Bradshaw, one of the current allotment holders is enjoying her new hobby. “I love my plot. It’s just the right size for me to grow my vegetables for my growing family.”Enda Guerin has been coming to the allotments for 3-4 months and had just planted seeds for lettuce, spinach and kalee.
“When you see the growth from the beginning, then with seeds popping up it is very rewarding. It’s a slow process but worth the work.”Tim Whyte who facilitates composting demonstrations and with an obvious love for gardening, was on hand to help Enda plants some cuttings and prepare the soil for maximum growth. “It’s easy enough to get cuttings and plant them and with the right soil they should be growing well in a few months.” As the garden does have an organic symbol that has to be respected, there is training and support available around growing organically. At the moment there are four small plots presently vacant so please feel free to come down, have a look around and choose an allotment that will suit you or ring Knockanrawley Resource Centre