Week Six – Single Statements (updated)

The following are statements that I’ve picked out from everywhere else on this blog that I feel may represent an underlying need or requirement:

  • I am here most days and my children come with me from time to time.  There are great benefits to being involved. My family have been eating home grown vegetables; my children have watched food grow from seed to being on a dinner plate.  I also have the opportunity to learn from others and assist fellow allotmenteers where I can.
  • A communal shed is provided on the site along with rainwater harvesting and access to water.  The plots are €200 per annum.  26 of the allotment plots have been taken up and a strict user agreement has been signed by each of the plot holders.
  • I am thrilled with this Environment Department initiative.
  • She mainly grew flowering plants and cacti. Both she and her sister got the cacti but her sister didn’t take to it, so Helen ended up taking care of them both.
  • They were a bit more difficult to take care of than the flowering plants because they required specific soil and specific watering times.
  • She kept getting offshoots, and not fruit, so it became a process of expansion and replanting
  •  three square boxes and one round box or strawberry plants.
  • space is not an issue outdoors.
  • trying to start a poly tunnel but is running into difficulties.
  • Helen has a major problem with pests
  • They got in through the drainage holes of the flower pots and ate the roots of the plant
  • Slug repellent required a lot of work that she felt wasn’t worth it in the end
  • this required planning in advance, which eventually became too much
  • not having to not sift through a lot of information to get to the strawberry section.
  • inside, located in the sitting room near the window because they needed a lot of light
  •  plant gave off a very potent smell
  • lice problems
  • it was very high maintenance
  • it required the whole family to do correctly.
  • Helens main issues with growing plants were time constraints and lacking knowledge of when to cut, what to cut, what would encourage shoot growth, and what would encourage fruit growth. Because of this, she suggested that along with the physical product, there could be a software side to it, like having some kind of calendar that says when to, for example, undertake re-potting or when trimming is needed etc.
  • She has grown indifferent to it.
  • Occasionally waters them if they are dry
  • Helen would consider growing produce again, but for what she has planned for her future, it would need to be easy to take care of, and wouldn’t try to grow some high maintenance plants.
  • Main Issues:
  1. Pest Problems
  2. Lack of Time to garden properly
  3. Lack of Knowledge on how to do it correctly
  • it didn’t work out because it was too far away from the kitchen
  • it might not have had enough sunlight
  • the weeds had taken over.
  •  it needed more attention than they gave it
  • Pests were a major issue, slugs in particular, and wind and rain.
  • lack of time, other commitments and lack of knowhow have stopped them from getting it right
  • there may have been soil issues
  • the grass and weeds seem to take over
  • bought her husband a poly tunnel and it’s still sitting there because they didn’t have time to set it up
  • But still, seasons affect the harvest greatly
  •  It needs daily attention and they don’t have the time at the moment
  • Louise wants to grow a crop of veg out the back
  • Knowing when things are ready to be harvested would be good to know, as well as remembering where everything is planted too
  •  there is a great sense of achievement in nurturing these plants, seeing the produce, eating your own and using them in recipes
  • she will know where they are coming from and know that they’re safe and healthy
  • hoping that they’re not starting to rot
  • She is also concerned about the fertilisers used, Genetic modifications, and the carbon footprint of supermarket produce.
  • They feel that if one is handy and good at making things, one would be more successful.
  • If she could control the grass, weeds, and slugs, it would be a great start
  •  if it’s going to cost a lot to get going, maybe it’s outweighing some of the benefit producing your own crops
  • It might take a long time before it pays off.
  • she has a lot of produce that needs to be harvested together, so you’re giving it away to people
  • she won’t save money growing her own crops
  • Main Points:
  • Space is not an issue
  • Grows fruit and herbs with no issues
  • Does not have the time for high maintenance processes
  • Has issues with:
  1. Weeds
  2. Pests
  3. Over-watering
  4. Bad Weather
  • Barters Fruit for Vegetables and Eggs with the neighbours
  • Envies the neighbour’s abilities to grow a vegetable plot
  • does not do much gardening due to time constraints
  • Muireann has a small enclosed yard.
  • She’s had tried growing a container garden, and peppers and herbs such as lavender, but it never worked as the yard was not the ideal temperature
  • she doesn’t grow vegetables because she wouldn’t be there when harvest time comes
  • she is away from home, so she would not be able to maintain it.
  • If she had a way of knowing what to do and when to do it when it comes to gardening, this would give her the motivation and expertise she needs to make it work.
  • like to get involved if they were closer.
  •  if it’s too far away, it defeats the purpose of going an allotment
  •  it all comes down to space issues
  • There are no issues of vandalism where she lives so the front of the house is a relatively safe place to grow things
  • space issues are the main concern
  • received an all in one herb planting kit, but hasn’t had the time to deploy it
  • she would rather have a muddy planting plot rather than an empty one.
  • space issues, a lack of knowledge, fear of not knowing what to do and when to do it (feeding, weeding etc.)
  • She doesn’t have time to read gardening books
  • very worthwhile in that the more time you put in, the more you get out of it.
  • When you do something and there’s no payback, it becomes more difficult to keep it up.
  • Main Points:
  1. Space Issues
  2. Has No garden
  3. Has tried container gardening but it didn’t work out
  4. Is away from home a lot during weekends and summertime
  5. Has very little time to maintain a garden
  6. Feels she does not have the required expertise
  • She could visit allotments, but feels that travelling a distance would defeat the purpose of using the allotment, would offset some of the benefits, and turn gardening into a job.
  • does not have the space to grow her own fruit and vegetables at her home, because her garden is small, and is already full of flowers, and other items like wheelie bins
  • a nearby plot’s potatoes had become afflicted with blight, and she was told that it was almost a certainty that her potatoes will become infected.
  • She visits at least 4 times a week, but this was more frequent during the first few weeks.
  • spends on average one hour per visit tending to her plot
  • one has to be interested an enthusiastic about gardening
  • People had arrived the first day, sowed some seeds, left, and haven’t returned since
  • There is always work to be done on the allotment.
  • She is rarely doing nothing when she visits, and it can become time consuming.
  • Even though she is inundated with lettuce, she feels that selling them would turn her hobby into work
  •  she trades what she grows for produce that others grow.
  • minor issue with vandalism in this allotment
  •  People who have lost jobs, or who are looking to save money have begun to flock to allotments to grow their own food, whether to pass the time, to be entertained, to meet others, or to just get out of the house
  •  Mary said that she would be very interested in trying it out. It was brought up in a meeting to include some hydroponic systems in the new poly tunnels.
  • if someone was truly interested in growing their own plants, they would definitely be interested in all gardening methods, not just traditional.
  • Main Points:
  1. Grows flowering plants in her own house
  2. Has no space for a vegetable plot
  3. Lives near an allotment
  4. Has major issues with disease on the allotment plot
  5. Has had some indirect vandalism issues
  6. Is interested in the concept of hydroponics and different methods of growing
  • Leonard would grow his own vegetables but he does not have the time to maintain both plants to sell and plants to use.
  • people buy vegetable seeds and plants from the end of April to the end of May
  •  still a very small market for these types of plants and seeds, roughly 5% of his entire sales per year
  • prices haven’t changed for vegetable seeds and plants in over two decades
  • the seasonal nature of vegetables growing
  • take seasons out of the equation would be very useful and beneficial
  • he has many visitors who bring diseased leaves and plants to him, asking for advice and products to help cure their plants.
  • Main Points:
  1. Grows plants purely to sell them
  2. Does not have the time to grow plants for cultivation
  3. Has had people visit him with issues of plant disease
  4. Uses traditional methods only
  5. His stock of kitchen garden seeds goes on sale at the end of April, but are gone by the end of May
  • Kitchen Garden seeds account for about 5% of his total sales
  • Paddy had no time for gardening while he was working, but soon after he retired, he started
  • he felt that allotments would be too open, and also that their distance could also cause issues.
  • she has grown worried that the harvests will destroy her home, due to clay and soil and dripping water
  • Pests are a menace, which include both insects and birds
  • When he goes away on holidays, his garden requires a lot of attending to when he returns.
  • It can get very messy, which his wife has grown increasingly annoyed over.
  • he is not allowed to dig up his own back garden to plant things, because his parents though that it would ruin its look
  • create something that he can use in his bedroom, to prove that he can grow things, so his parents might allow him to create a patch in his own house
  • those who have bad backs or require the use of a wheelchair.
  •  it was meant for plants that would soon need re-potting in another area
  • Their range of indoor products was very limited
  • cracked pots
  • over sized compost bags.
  • there is a gap in the market
  • pitfalls of outdoor gardening without sufficient expertise, such as plants not rooted deep enough, causing them to blow over, as well as unsecured top heavy plants in pots.
  • didn’t sell anything that would allow for gardening in a confined space, indoors or outdoors
  • the bags of compost on sale were massive.
  • main road runs past it on three sides
  • emissions given off by the vehicles that pass, this allotment may not grow the best produce possible.
  • this allotment seems pretty fortified, which may deter unwanted visitors.
  • Paddy started a kitchen garden one year ago, after he retired.
  • He did not have the time to do it while he worked.
  • He used a part of his garden to make it, and does it because it is enjoyable, and he can see the results of his labour.
  • He did not use any allotments because they were too far away, although a new one is opening up nearby. However, this is a community allotment, and this concept concerned him – privacy, damage, competition.
  • Paddy also has a problem with pest control.
  • At home, his parents do not want him to destroy the garden for something they see as uninteresting. However, they do get vegetables from Paddy.
  • It takes up a lot of space and can be very messy.
  • She just got new floors in and is trying her best not to ruin them.
  • There are now no allotments nearby so they do not grow vegetables anymore.
  • she loved to make things using what she grew
  • She is becoming very interested in growing her own fruit and vegetables, but lacks the space and time.
  • “It wasn’t a good idea to put them outside” 
  • “It’s just the lack of time”
  • “Everything is so quick here, and commercial that people simply don’t have the time to do anything like this”
  • “We don’t know what we’re eating, so the best thing is to grow your own vegetables!”
  • “This is the ideal situation; to be sustainable in your own house”
  • “Sometimes it [flowers and plants indoors] isn’t nice. Maybe you need more money for a nicer pot.”
  • I would love to try new ways of growing things, you know, everything that is new to me.
  • However, she has a major issue with birds eating what is grown on the berry plants, so she cannot eat them.



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