While soil conditions here in Tacumshin, South Wexford, are still too wet for much digging, the laying of rotted FYM on the exposed beds keeps the soil covered to reduce nutrients being leached by rain. The potatoes will appreciate the organic matter, too, whenever in March or April they get planted. We are fortunate to have great farming neighbours around here. Paul and Jack Murphy keep sheep in a field behind us. Down the road there is a sheep shed which  is cleared out from time to time. The resulting heap of manure near the shed is available to us, courtesy of the Murphy family.

The mid-term break proved an ideal opportunity with the willing young workers staying over to give a helping hand. Equipped with wheelbarrows and sprongs (the local Yola word for  ‘forks’), the manure was shifted.

Well choreographed sheep manure carriers, Adam and Conor smiling their ways through a day's work in Tacumshin.

Well choreographed sheep manure carriers, Adam and Conor smiling their ways through a day’s work in Tacumshin.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Isolda Heavey on March 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Urban agriculture yields research

    I am writing a thesis on food security for my Masters degree (MscAEES)in Environmental and Energy Studies from University of East London‎.
    My hypothesis is related to food security and becoming independent of food miles and as such I am researching typical urban horticulture yields.
    I was hoping you may be able to point me in the right direction for exemplifying cases. I need to do several case studies, one each of the following, fruit and nut forest, peri-urban grain growing and urban vegetable patch (community garden)to establish typical yields per acre.
    I live in Bray but anywhere in Ireland or England would be feasible.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    thanks for your time,
    Isolda Heavey


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