No Food Waste, All Grown in the Garden
Martin Monahan 21st July 2017 Deerpark Social Services Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
No food waste, all food grown in the garden
Interviewer: Clare Doyle (CD)
Interviewee: Martin Monahan (MM)
CD: And do you think do we eat food now or do we use food differently now, like we probably throw away a lot of food now, like long ago people used to be very careful
MM: That’s right, a, lot of food now is being thrown away
CD: And did you have a garden when you were small?
MM: We did
CD: And what kind of stuff used you grow in the garden?
MM: We used to grow potatoes and cabbage and onions, onion set.
MM: We used to have, my father used to make ridges and sow the cabbage like with a shelve, a spade
MM: You put the… there’s a drill along make the drill maybe and put manure along the drill before you put down the plants
MM: Put down the plants then and cover again then
CD: And that’d be cows’ manure, just is it?
MM: That’s right
CD: To cover it up
MM: That’s right, cover it up with clap then, make, do another few ridges, because if you only make one you’d be going in near the cabbage
CD: Right, and you’d do the same thing for the potatoes, would you?
MM: You’d make a ridge for the onions as well
CD: Right, so you’d have the cabbage and the onions and the potatoes
MM: That’s right
CD: Carrots and parsnips maybe?
MM: We used to sow rhubarb… rhubarb, rhubarb
CD: Oh, very nice, so you could make rhubarb tart and things?
MM: We could and we used to have apple trees as well, two apple trees; a sour one and an eating apple
CD: Sure, you didn’t really have to do much shopping then for vegetables, you had everything in the garden?
MM: We did, because we used to have our own meat too as well