Ballyfermot in the Sun!

This weeks has been such beautiful weather so our little seedlings are in need of loads of water and buckets of TLC. We have been making regular visits down to the allotment to make sure that our budding green beans will thrive. Yesterday we planted our courgette seedlings in a new bed prepared especially for them. We have been loading on the coffee grinds from back in the clubhouse to act as a deterrent to slugs.

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Eamonn transplanting and watering the courgette seedlings

we are also doing a bit of work back at the clubhouse, we have been transplanting little spinaches and cabbages. We will be minding these out in the court yard for the next few days until they are strong enough to grow down at the allotment.

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We found some wild mint down at the allotment and decided to try and plant it to grow for us in our raised beds as it is a herb that would be used in salads and cooking back in our kitchen. We potted some of the wild mint that had roots and secured it in a shallow hole. So fingers crossed it will take off!!

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Construction of our French Bean supports!

The place is really starting to take off, all the seedlings are looking very healthy so we are very hopeful that we will have a full crop in the coming months!


Everything becomes Crystal Clear!

Tired and excited heads waiting on our luxury bus to bring us away.  8am on the dot our chariot arrives! And we’re off…Waterford bound. First pit stop – the Dolmen Hotel, Co. Carlow, tea and scones then more tea and a toilet break and we are back on the bus en rote to Waterford city. we pulled up outside Waterford Crystal and we were met by our tour guide Caroline. we were brought through all the stages of the production of crystal. We got to see the full process from the glass being made out of the raw materials to the craftsmen who cut the designs into the glass and then the finished product when it is finished and polished and ready for distribution.


We had an opportunity at the end of the tour to purchase some crystal so we had a bus load of Waterford crystal to bring home with us to Dublin!!



And then it was time for some retail therapy!! (however, some of us did stay in Waterford Crystals very fancy café for tea and cakes!!)


Back on the bus to The Dolmen Hotel where are three course dining experience awaited.


After an enjoyable meal we were en route back to Dublin  following a very pleasant day in Waterford. Well worth a visit!

Its a thumbs up from us!!!!

“A weed is no more than a flower in disguise”.

Cherry Orchard was an oasis of tranquillity this morning,  our main focus was to get our raised beds ready for our little seedlings which are at the moment still receiving some very special care while they are just beginning to sprout some seeds doing better than others with the French beans currently in the lead.

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These guys mean business!

The elbow grease was well and truly called for today as we prepared the beds. breaking up the soil and removing stones and  the remains of some potatoes which managed to find their way into the beds.

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As you can see the beds are starting to take shape and by Thursday we should be able to transplant our French beans down to the allotment!

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This is thirsty work!

“Gardening requires a lot of water – most of it in the form of perspiration!”

Rainbows Allotment Revamp

Hello Everyone!

Our ‘slightly’ over grown allotment has recently began a face lift! Located in Cherry Orchard, just beside the equine centre, our little allotment is a hive of activity, especially with the onset of the fabulous weather we have been experiencing over the past few weeks. We will be document our allotment journey over the next few months on our Rainbow clubhouse Blog and keeping our readers up to date on how it is developing and what we do with the produce. Already today we were able to enjoy a cup of wild mint leaf tea straight from the allotment accompanied by a slice of lemon! mint-2-14-10[1]

Our greyhound cabbage, carrots, French beans, onion, leek, spinach, chive parsley and thyme seedlings are being well tended to by our resident Mrs. Green Fingers – Edele. Once the roots system is established we will begin the ‘pricking out’, we will be transplanting them into the raised bed at this point.

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Today we spent a couple of glorious hours up in the allotment getting the raised beds prepared for transplanting the seedlings in the next couple of weeks.

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You reap what you sow!

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Exciting times ahead for our Rainbow Allotment, watch this space!!

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes”



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