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Malahide AllotmentsHere are some recommendations for first time allotmenteers:

BOOKS

• How to Plant Your Allotment – Caroline Foley
• Allotment Month by Month – Alan Buckingham
• The Great Vegetable Plot – Sarah Raven
• Vegetables for the Irish Garden – Klaus Laitenberger
• The Ivington Diaries – Monty Don – purely for inspiration this one.

BLOGS

• Observer Organic Allotment Blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/allotment
• Organic Growing Pains – by a well established allotment owner: http://organicgrowingpains.blogspot.com
• Dyke’s Edge Allotment in Blackpool – this chap is in his second year owing an allotment: http://dykesedge.blogspot.com
• Fionnuala Fallon writes a good vegetable growing column every Thursday in the Property section of the Irish Times. Available in the paper and online, and always worth a look.

SEEDS

These are all Irish suppliers of seeds:
www.irishseedsavers.ie In Co. Clare, certified organic and they promote native and heritage varieties. They specialise in apple trees as well as seeds, and if you become a member you can also buy heritage seed potatoes. See their list of courses too.
www.seedaholic.com In Co.Mayo. They have an organic section, a huge amount of varieties to choose from, they’re quite cheap and delivery is very quick.
www.brownenvelopeseeds.com In Co. Cork, all seeds are organic.
www.theorganiccentre.ie In Co. Leitrim. All organic seeds, and other useful things available in their online shop. They also run a large programme of courses.
www.mrmiddleton.ie Mr Middleton is on Mary Street in Dublin, and they have an online shop. They sell a wide variety of seeds and everything else for your plot.

OTHER RESOURCES

www.giyireland.com GIY Ireland – this is a nationwide movement to encourage people to grow their own food. A great website, loads of information, blogs etc.
www.sonairte.ie Sonairte is one of Ireland’s oldest ecological education centres, in Co. Meath. They run lots of courses, there’s a vegetable garden and nature trail to explore, and the café is great.
• Fingal Co Co have water butts for sale at the Estuary Recycling Centre for only €40: http://www.fingalcoco.ie/Water/CustomerServices-
WaterDepartment/RainwaterButtsonSale
• Keep an eye on the free ad websites like gumtree, donedeal and adverts.ie for free/cheap manure.

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