The final pruning work of 2017 was carried out by the work team at the planted area at Castlecourt in the past week . The shrubs here had not been pruned heavily for a number of years but the job was done this year with six trailer loads of garden waste being removed. Our two CE workers were hard at work too with the remaining summer bedding plants removed from the circular bed at the Mall and at the New Street/ Bank of Ireland corner. They have also gathered fallen branches and debris from hurricane Ophelia at the Triangle and at the North Mall. Thanks to the local outdoor staff Waterford City & Co. Co. for collecting it.
It was good to read in the national newspapers over the weekend that there is a government proposal to introduce a levy on disposable coffee cups which contain plastic in their make up. . The charge which would be applied in a similar way to the plastic bag levy is likely initially to be set around 10 to 15 cent per cup. This new charge is being introduced in a bid to force people to start buying reusable cups. From a litter pick up point of view this is good news as many of the people who do the community litter pick up have commented on the amount of such paper cups being collected in recent years especially on the approach roadsto Lismore with such items being thrown out of cars..
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If you are a vegetable grower consider planting garlic in your garden and the months between October and early April is the time to do it. So why should it be considered?
Garlic is a good companion plant for some types of vegetables as it contains sulphur which is a natural fungicide. So you might plant a row of garlic next to your potatoes and cabbage but not beside peas and beans as it is thought to slow their growth. Garlic’s pungent smell can also deter aphids and other flies which makes it a good friend to roses and other susceptible plants. You can also make a homemade fungicide and aphid repellent by blending garlic cloves in a mixer with some water and adding a few drops of washing up liquid which helps the mixture stick to the leaves of the plant
One vacancy will be coming up soon on the Community Employment Programme for Lismore Tidy Towns as sponsor. For anybody interested please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call into Liam Flynn the CE programme supervisor at his office in the Community Centre Lismore any Thursday after 12 pm for information. This programme is facilitated by the Department of Social Protection.
Work wise the tidy towns work and CE teams have been very busy. The CE workers have removed summer bedding from the Bed at Foley’s on the Mall, cleaned out the timber containers on Main Street and brought them indoors for winter storage. We also offered the services of our CE team to tidy towns member Anne Brennan to do work on the planted areas at the entrance to the Mills housing estate. Thanks to Henry for the work carried out. Members were out and about on Wednesday and Thursday morning last doing the following work— strimming the perennials at the bed near the hotel, planting shrubs donated by Mr. Clive Blackwell at Castlecourt, Tidying and cutting back at the bed across from the Monastery, cutting back and tidying the Bee&Butterfly corner at the Grotto West Street, cutting back the perennials at Eric’s seat in the Millennium Park and cutting back and weeding at the Obelisk area in the Millennium Park.
We welcome Kamila a Transition Year student at Blackwater Community School Lismore who is doing an hour long litter pick up every weekend for twelve weeks as part of work in the community for the Gaisce Award. We wish her well.
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Herbaceous perennials with fleshy roots can be propagated successfully from root cuttings during late Autumn/ early winter– Verbascum,Primula ,Japanese Anemone, Acanthus, Oriental Poppies and Phlox are all suitable species for this method.
The general community litter roster which started in March this year finished off last weekend . Thanks to all of the volunteers on the roster who have helped to keep Lismore litter free over the past seven months. A week-end litter roster will be operated by tidy towns members between now and March 2018 and from next week on our two CES workers Jim & Henry will do a daily litter pick up. Litter creation does not stop when the litter roster stops so people are encouraged over this period of time to watch out for litter in their own areas— if you don’t have a litter pick simply put on a pair of disposable gloves , pick the litter up and dispose of in your nearest litter bin .
The working season of the tidy towns work team is nearly coming to an end and the CES team will continue the work effort over the coming months. Our last general meeting for 2017 was held on Thursday 26th October. At this meeting Mr. Willie Henry, Lismore Tidy Towns chairperson thanked everyone in the Lismore community who has been involved and helped in any way during 2017 in the work of the tidy towns group in Lismore. The planning group will be meeting regularly between now and Christmas to get planned projects in motion.
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One of the most under- used methods of soil improvement is the use of green or “cover crops”. These are plants grown specifically to be dug back into the soil to improve it. If you have an area of poor soil Buckwheat and Phacelia are an excellent green manure. Phacelia is particularly fast growing– average, seven weeks from sowing and is a great food source for pollinators. After flowering they can be dug back into the ground to improve the soil in anticipation of perennial planting.