Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snow Scene

View from the wooden tool shed

Water that was dripping down from roof and was frozen in this scene

View looking at the common area in the garden.

We had some very heavy snow and cold weather here lately,and we are not finished with it yet??I have been in the community garden putting out wild bird seeds and fat balls to help our local wild birds over the snowy period in the garden.I took some photo`s of the garden in its white covering.

Willie B.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Open House Event/ Open Spaces

We had a lovely day on the 8th of October hosting the OPEN SPACE EVENT organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation. There was a lovely turn out of new visitors to the garden. We made a large pot of soup from some of the garden vegetables for lunch.

The Open Space event has been introduced to the OPEN HOUSE event to highlight and make known topical issues around our built environment. Our community garden was chosen and selected alongside the Sitric Road Community Garden to highlight the value spaces like this give to our city. Hopefully future planners and architects of our cities will take note!!

There was an exhibition and event that ran alongside this event on the 7 of October at the Exchange Gallery. Aoibheann and Nidge showed there films on the garden and Kevin read his poems inspired by gardening and rebellious vegetables. Seoidín worked with 5 artists on this event more can be read here: COLLECTIVE DREAMING.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Japanese Peace Boat visits the garden

On 14th June we hosted a visit from the Japanese-based Peace Boat, including atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This trip was organised by ECO-UNESCO. The visitors had a tour of the garden and helped out with some weeding and planting.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Food Cycle

There will be a food cycle today. Everyone is welcome see link here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Green Community`s

Hi all,
I went over to Wales on the week-end 7 May/9May 10 to do a work shop on Biodiversity in the Botanic Gardens.It was a great way to meet all other people interested in biodiversity and it will help us back home in our own community garden.
I enclose some photo`s from the week-end I hope you enjoy them,I also left some information in our wooden shed from the visit to our Welsh Green community neighbours .

Willie B.

Small garden in front of hotel.

Green house made out of plastic bottles.

Front entrance to greenhouse.

Inside of greenhouse.

Hedgehog hibernation box.

Busy making bird boxes.

As you can see very intense interest.

Willow fencing.

Entrance to the Glass house.

The interior of the largest spans glasshouse in Wales.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Design's for the garden

Two DIT Design Students were in the garden today, they are participating in a eco-design elective.
Michael built a mobile incubator for crops and Siobhan built a sculpture that can be used to support sweet peas, beans or sunflowers. Together they also built a bench. All creations were made from salvaged materials in the garden and some wood was collected from the salvage yard next door.

Kale for the Soup Kitchen

Tess was in the garden today picking Kale for the missionary sisters of charity's Soup kitchen.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Second shed

We were kindly given a donation of a used wooden shed to the community garden,as we are never shy to take and use an opportunity to further the benefit of the garden.The volunteers set about getting the shed assembled.First we had to move the smaller shed as we need more room to located the new shed and also no to block the light for the greenhouse which is still been put together.A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED ON THE DAY .So lets have a meeting in our bigger shed.

Willie B. ;>)

Moving the smaller shed many hands make light work.

A little more to the left.
This piece goes here

Can`t find the key to get in??

Final site of shed.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Greenhouse 2010

Hi all,
Just a update on how the Greenhouse is getting on ,as you can see from the photo`s we are getting there slowly but surely and hope to use all, if not mostly all material from recycled material we have got from different sources.

Willie B.

The greenhouse frame starting to take shape, all wood used so far is scrap wood.

Greenhouse is in a South facing aspect so full Sun for most of the day.

"Freddy the Frog " takes a break from the new pond,has a rest in the grass beside pond.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Pond

Pond has a few more adjustment before it is set in place.
Yellod bricks we salvage from the near by skip.

Final touches to the pond.

"Freddy" our garden frog.

Busy at work, never to let a change of some bricks go by .Remember the 3 R`s Reduce,Reuse,Recycle.

Hi all,
Just got delivery of our new pond on Saturday 13th.Feb 2010.We all got stuck in and have it in place and water filled with the rain water from the water butts from around the garden.We have our own frog "Freddy" the frog,and the weater plants are placed around the pond both inside aswell as out.

Willie B.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Year start in Community Garden 2010

Warming big and small hands by the fire.
Discussing what to do at the fire.

Saving energy by cycling to the garden.

Doing some work and having a chat in the process.

Making use of the old bricks we removed from the garden to make a small raised bed to plant into,well done Jimmy.

Hi all,
Well a new year has started and time to dust off the festival season.We have only got over the very cold snow and frost period within the last few weeks.We started back in the garden on the 16 Jan. we are doing general tidying up as it is still not time to start planting seeds yet.We have got our seed ordered and some of our own saved from last year plants.

This Sat 23rd.was a cold one in the garden,but Jimmy got the fire going and it was very welcome to be able to warm cold hands and faces.The community members got down to work and did some general maintenance in the garden,I enclose some photo`s, we also had some visitors to the garden as the students are hoping to start up their own small student garden to help in their projects and to grow their own food.We wish them the best of luck and look forward to visiting the garden in the summer months.

Willie B.

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.