Sunday, November 11, 2007

Harvest the sunflower seeds

Ralph and Seoidín harvesting the seeds from the sunflowers on 10 November. We are going to bag the seeds so that they can be planted during Spring '08.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Saturday 13 October

There were twelve of us in the garden today.It was lovely to have so many people working on the site. A large compost box was built with pallets (the image shows the lads taking a tea break after sawing and hammering the compost bin together), Aoife's apple trees ( planted and we planted a lot of cabbage for the winter.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Winter Gardening

During the winter months we will be meeting at 11 am on Saturdays
Hope to see you there

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Harvest 22 September

We met today at 11am and did some weeding and harvested a lot of the vegetables. We harvested carrots, onions, beetroot, turnips, maze, herbs and chillies. Some of the vegetables were taken to Seomra Spraoi and donated to the cafe where the cooking collective will be preparing food for the vegan cafe tomorrow. There will be a presentation about the garden tomorrow in Seomra Spraoi at 5.30pm.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


The Garden

After all the rain the vegetables grew really well. This is the garden in full bloom.

Table for the garden

Ralph and Helder built a table from palettes for the garden in late July. Here is an image of both of them resting and absorbing one of the precious days of sunshine. The table is given approval by our neighbour Tim.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Tuesday, 7th of August

The weather forecast for Tuesday says: A few showers, but mainly dry, with good sunny spells. Assuming that it turns out to be true, I plan to be in the garden from 7pm to 9. (I have a key now!) -- David

Friday, July 6, 2007

Best of luck to Kieran who is leaving Dublin soon to wield a shovel and pickaxe over in France - the French soil better beware! He'll be missed for getting stuff done - and fast! - at the SCR. Bon Voyage!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Mailing List, Email, Actions from Minutes (June 16th) and Flyer

The easiest ways to keep up-to-date on events is to either:
subscribe to the mailing list here >> Mailing List
or email

Actions from Minutes (June 16th)....

Original Flyer (print as double-sided landscape)....==

A slightly late post about " Sustainability Week" in the Botanic Gardens (16th - 25th June)

We only found out about this yesterday...."During 'Sustainability Week' at the National Botanic Gardens....environmental care, recycling and general sustainability will be showcased for visitors".....Details Here
Kevin will have some flyers at a stand on Sunday 17th.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Blackfly on the Artichokes

Apparently, artichokes are susceptible to blackfly aphids. Apparently soapy water gets rid of them (tips here). I'll leave a spray bottle (eg widowlene bottle) nearby the artichokes tomorrow for regular spraying. In a few weeks time we might also try the nettle fertiliser approach.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Garden vegetables kindly provided by the Dublin-Meath Growers Association.

At Bloom 2007 we were kindly allowed to take as much vegetables as we wanted from the 'Agraria' show garden (see image above). The batch includes include beans, peas, cabbages, potatoes, carrots, corn, beets, turnips, scallions, onions, pak choi, strawberries and a range of healthy and very aromatic herbs.

We are currently in the process of transplanting all this veg so please try and make any of the Tuesday (7pm), Thursday(7pm) or Saturday (3pm) sessions if at all possible. We also just installed a tap. An image of the transplanted veg will follow shortly......

Agraria was a conceptual display garden created for the Dublin-Meath Growers Association to demonstrate fruit and vegetable production in Dublin’s surrounding counties and to acknowledge the support received by local growers from Tesco Ireland.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Some Background to the Project

Over the last 6 months 20 local residents in the Dolphin's Barn/Rialto area of Dublin city have been involved in sourcing and imagining a new local community food garden. Seoidin O'Sullivan, a Community Artist in residence in Studio468, St Andrews Community Center, Rialto, invited the Canal Community Gardeners, a voluntary organisation to make use of her studio to discuss the potential for a legitimate community garden for the local area. ST Salvage kindly donated a temporary site for the project which is on the corner of South Circular Rd and Place Avenue, Dolphins Barn, D8. The Canal Community Gardeners are interested in sourcing and campaigning for allotments and green spaces within inner city Dublin. It is hoped that this garden will be a prototype for other community gardens in and around inner city Dublin. Community Gardens are places where people are able to grow food together, they provide a social space where neighbours are able to meet and plant and share in a collective activity.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bloom in the Park 2007

Details here >> Bloom in the Park 2007
Friday 1st June 10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 2nd June 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 3rd June 10:00am - 6:00pm
Monday 4th June 10:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Other Events

Rialto Flower Sale
Tuesday 29th May from 6 - 8 p.m.
in The Garden, Rialto Day Centre, St. Andrew's Community Centre, 468 South Circular Road. Flower Sale run by Rialto Environment Group, subsidised by Dublin City Council in preparation for Rialto's entry to the National Tidy Town's Competition.

Cultivate Garden Club
Details Here...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Plants dropped off today.

Artichokes – Perennial. So put them somewhere they can stay. They grow quite big – 4 ft high, and 2-3 feet wide. Celeriac – autumn/winter harvest. Need to be planted out in their final position soon. Tomatoes – from seedsavers – a variety that has been grown in Ireland for years. Planted very early, so they have got a bit leggy – fix this by planting them fairly deeply. They have been outside for a good few weeks, so they are pretty hardy.
.....Thanks Anna

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Regular gardening is now on the following days.....Tue (630-830pm), Thur (630-830pm), Sat (200-630pm). This post is a placeholder for attendance at the regular sessions. We may be able to get an idea of the likely attendance using the comments......Just add a comment if you think you are likely to go on any particular day. If you have any problems posting just email me....I might have to change some settings as the blog doesn't allow anonymous comments. - Kieran

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Minutes, Flyer and "Before and During" Pictures

Minutes of meeting May 15 2007.pdf
Flyer...print 4 pages per page on both sides for postcard size flyers
Here's some montages of before and during scenarios.
Day 28

Day 14

Day 1

Current Tasks and Topsoil

1...Move plants from studio to garden.
2...Get 2 wheelbarrows and 2 fine rakes.
3...Get money for topsoil and update garden accounts (I hope to scan in receipts to date by tomorrow).
4...Draw up garden on and print the 'framework sketch' image above if you have any ideas you'd like to see included in the garden. Draw on it and leave in the garden or email it to

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

First Post

Regular gardening on the SCR plot is due to begin for the Summer. At least two people will be rostered to open the garden on Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday from 2pm. Email ( for further details.

South Circular Road Community Food Garden Project

The South Circular Road Community Food Garden Project started in April 2007. We have a derelict site on loan from ST Salvage Company that we have converted into a community food garden. This is a continuation of the initial successful Dolphins Barn Community squatted food garden that was on the canal from 2005 -2007.