LTT Notes 20-6-2012

As Wednesday morning 13th was the only fine morning forecast during a week of torrential rain a group of us spent the morning working in the Ballyrafter/Strand area. Hopefully we will be able to get out in the coming week on planned work evenings.
Thanks to Mr. Robert Steward, Glebe Warden, Select Vestry  St. Carthage’s  Cathedral for painting the Deanery railings as requested.


Following on from last week’s  TIP OF THE WEEK  about eco friendly and cost saving liquid plant food the following may give you  some ideas on  what to do. Nettles, comfrey and seaweed are frequently used to create liquid food for plants. Nettles grow wild and are the perfect tonic for nitrogen loving leafy greens. Comfrey also grows wild and can be cultivated with minimum effort and is ideal for potassium loving fruit bearers. The following is a recipe for Nettle Tea/ Feed. The same recipe can be used for comfrey or seaweed. Keep in mind that the finished product for all of the above is  highly concentrated, very smelly, must be diluted and not used on seedlings or indoor plants.
Step 1: Collect 1kg. nettle leaves.
Step 2: Put the leaves into a sack made of porous material ie.  hessian.
Step 3: Put the sack in a bin/bucket, add 20 litres of water. It is vital to cover with a tight fitting lid as it smells.
Step 4: Wait about a month or more before using it. Dilute the feed when using it, combining  10 parts water to 1 part feed. You could also draw off    small amounts in to the watering can and then fill it up with water so that your mix is the colour of weak tea.

LTT Notes 13-6-2012


The wet and windy conditions of the week starting 4th June was totally against us and our C.E.S.  workers in terms of  work. However we were lucky that Tuesday morning stayed dry and the morning was spent in the Millennium park cutting the box hedging, weeding and tidying up the various planting areas and sweeping.Hopefully the coming week will be better.


No more than ourselves plants all need a pick me up every now and again There are a number of ways to condition and improve your soil including compost, seaweed dust and well rotted manure. All of those release nutrients slowly allowing the plant to avail of the nutrients as they need them. So why buy commercial liquid fertilisers when you can make your as such liquid feeds are taken up immediately by the plant giving them an extra boost. Some recipes next week.


Press release re Owenashad walk


Press release on behalf of Lismore Tidy Towns re Refurbishment of river walk adjoining the Owenashad river in Lismore


The Owenashad river walk has been a traditional walk used by the people of Lismore for many generations.However in recent years it has become overgrown and unsafe underfoot. The river bank has also become eroded in places due to the natural flow of the river and occassional flooding.


As a voluntary group Lismore Tidy Towns has always worked to protect and conserve the natural and built environment.Our work on the protection and enhancement of biodiversity has resulted in Lismore winning two Regional Biodversity and Notice Nature Awards in the National Tidy Towns Competition. Most of this work was carried out at the start of the refurbished walk at an area known locally as the Strand, eg planting of an area with a mixture of meadow grasses and wildflower seeds, erecting bird and bat boxes,planting native hazel trees,creation of log and stone heaps,conservation of a 19th century flood wall and the eradication of invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed, Rhododendron and Winter Heliotrope.


Having completed that project it was decided to undertake a project to make the Spring woodland walk at the other end of the Strand more accessable and safer for townspeople and visitors and to help them enjoy this area of natural beauty. Work on this project commenced on Monday 28th May and to date there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from the community. The project involves the old walkway being resurfaced, post and rail fencing will be put up for safety, some fallen trees removed and some appropriate information signage will be erected. A wide range of plants grow in this area for example, Lismore blue anenome, wild garlic, cowparsley,pignut,wood speedwell, wood anemone, lords and ladies, great woodrush, toothwort and 4 species of fern. The aim of the Lismore Tidy Towns group with the refurbishment work is and will be to protect all of those species for the present and future generations of people in Lismore and its environs and into the future to develop this area as part of a biodiversity trail of the town.


The National Park and Wildlife Services were consulted, an application was made to this agency outlining the proposed project and an official letter of approval was received from the N.P.W.S. on 26th January 2012. Work on the refurbishment of the riverside walk started on Monday 28th May and all of the work is, and will be carried out with strict adherence to the detailed application approved by the National Parks and Wildlife Services. All care was and is being taken to ensure the protection of this important woodland environment.