Friday, September 13, 2013

Dublin Community Gardens Harvest Festival Sat 14th Sept

I received this email recently asking for some exposure on the blog and I must say I am slightly, no ,very envious!I am not aware that we have any Community Gardens here in Cork ( please correct me if I'm wrong) let alone up to 35 which is the figure quoted  here for the greater Dublin area.
 I wish them every success with what is looking to be a fantastic day out for families interested in growing their own or becoming part of a group which does. 
Dublin Community Growers are hosting their annual Harvest Festival in Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, Dublin 1 on Saturday 14th September from 12 – 5 pm to demonstrate the benefits of organic food.
There is free entry into the event which will provide a variety of entertainment including live music from R3Winder and the Prairie Dogs, a pop up garden and children’s activities such as face-painting, flower pot painting and story-telling.
The festival is supported by Dublin City Council, who have stated:
“For the second year in a row, Dublin City Council are proud to support Dublin Community Growers Harvest Festival. It is a welcome addition to the City’s calendar of family-friendly events.”
The festival will feature workshops on bee keeping and apple pressing which will allow both adults and children to make their own apple juice using apples that have been collected from trees all over the city. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own apples for juicing. In addition, there will be an opportunity for everyone to get their hands dirty in seed bomb and grass head making.
As part of the festival, Dublin Community Growers are presenting a film screening of the acclaimed film “Vanishing of the Bees” in Dublin Food Co-Op on Thursday 12 September at 8 pm. The film examines the current agriculture landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between humans and honeybees.
The festival aims to bring different community gardeners together and to encourage others to set up their own community gardens.
Dublin Community Growers are a voluntary group dedicated to helping people set up community gardens around Dublin City. It is wholly voluntary and non-profit, and anyone who is interested in community gardening can join. There is a network made up of over 35 community garden groups. 

For more information, please visit the Dublin Community Growers website or email

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Autumn is here!

I cannot believe I have not blogged since 31st July?! Where do the days and weeks go?
Being very busy on all fronts takes up a bit of time but I have been on the plot and I have to say after such a late start we are very happy with our veg from the 'new' allotment. There is no point in back tracking so this is Mondays harvest, courgette,sweetcorn,globe artichokes and tomatoes and a few raspberries also.
The 3 courgette plants had romped away producing to such an extent we were giving them away and had done all we could with them.The plants had grown to ginormous size at this point and then stopped producing.
I cut back all of the huge old leaves, leaving only the newer ones at the top of the plant, fed them with the Comfrey tea and lo and behold they are now producing again at a much slower pace I might add, each plant now has two fruits and some new flowers.

The courgette bed after being stripped, you can see how much they grow in length from the base!

The leeks are being weeded (slowly) they had almost disappeared in the weeds, 2 rows have now been done and earthed up for the first time.

Our sunflowers are really tall and skinny at about 5 to 6 feet and this is the first one to come into flower, last Mon this is it just opening
This morning!
I have dug out the winter onion bed and its been watered and left to settle for a few days before planting the overwintering Senshyu onions.
I tried to buy these online last night in the Mr Middleton online store but it kept refusing my card saying the number and the card did not match?! I have had a problem on this site before.
I bought them locally today and I was surprised to see the Senshyu is also available in a red variety!Will I dig out another bed........