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There will be a meeting of the recently formed Westport and District Allotments Group on Thursday April 30 at 8pm in the Wyatt Hotel Westport.
The easiest type of gardening for this time of year is what I term armchair gardening. Easy work this might be, but vital nonetheless.
Now to state the obvious, another week over and another week nearer to Christmas. I hope that you have enjoyed some days outdoors, and by that I mean in the garden and not walking up and down the main shopping streets. The shopping can wait but the garden cannot.
It would cost Mayo County Council in the region of €1 million a year to cut every hedge on roadsides in the county.
There was a time when allotments were a common feature in towns and cities, especially in the UK where it formed a strategic part of Britain’s recovery after World War II. If you take the train through the countryside in the UK you will still see some extremely well tended plots that have been there for many years. Home gardening and allotments were also an extremely important factor in the USA where, in 1945, 20 million members of the public produced 45 per cent of the nation’s vegetable requirements. Recently Michelle Obama put on her wellies and, along with a group of children, opened an organic plot in the grounds of the White House.
As recessionary times set in, the attraction of growing vegetables and gardening is becoming something of a fixation. One innovative Galway woman has made it her mission to create a city centre community garden.
Reclaiming your garden
Now that the bareroot season has started, it is time to avail of the special offers available at Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan.