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Why make compost?

4 Feb

Why make compost? We need to look into nature and have critical look on our trow-away society. Nature achieved its amazing productivity by interaction of thousands of species and recycling resources. Common sense brings us to a simple solution. Nature knows best so we just need to comprehend and copy. Use of artificial fertilizers is […]

How do community gardens grow?

7 Oct

seaview

Taken from http://thefumballystables.ie without asking, but with best intentions… How do you setup and run a community garden? Hear about the lessons learned from two inspiring community garden projects: one in Dublin city centre and the other in rural Co. Clare. We will start with a talking tour of the NCAD Community Garden on Thomas Street, […]

Botanical Gardens Dublin

13 Aug

companion planting

One of the hidden gems of Dublin are Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin. I got some exercise for my lunch break and cycled to Glasnevin to enjoy the Botanical Gardens Dublin in full bloom. “The gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society (later the Royal Dublin Society) and they have grown to hold 20,000 […]

Summer time growing

31 Jul

Best lettuce you ever taste

With a new job my time committed to the garden has been dramatically restricted for summer time growing. I am still finding time to come most days to look after the plants and keep the garden productive. Tony’s strategy is working well and we are fulfilling his vision of making the garden 4 times as […]

Real Food

5 May

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates Give your body food what it needs and you will be healthy. Take away food it doesn’t need an heal yourself. Food is not just for body it is also for mind and this is where trouble is coming from. Our civilization became […]

Spring urban growing time

22 Apr

red frills mustard flowering

Time is flying and almost a year passed since last spring when I’ve got involved into urban growing in NCAD garden. The derelict site changed a great deal since I arrived and now it is ready to become an Organic Market Garden. What people can’t really see is huge amount of compost and organic matter which […]

NCAD Urban Garden Culture file

22 Feb

Ncad Urban Garden featured in Culture file on RTE Lyrics The future of gardening, with self-styled guerrilla composter, Tony Lowth, the horticultural brains behind NCAD’s Garden Farm. In every secret garden, a compost heap. The footsoldiers of a foodie revolution at NCAD talk kale and relational aesthetics.

Building Urban Garden

23 Dec

Building Urban Garden is not an easy task. It is now about 7 months since I have got involved into NCAD garden. The site changed a great deal since I arrived. What people can’t really see is huge amount of compost and organic matter which was carried in couple of wheelbarrows by volunteers. All this […]

Charles Dowding’s NoDig Garden

3 Oct

growers

No Dig Market Garden course with Charles Dowding is over. My head is overflowing with new knowledge and new ideas. I enjoyed hospitality and great food from grown by Charles and prepared by Steph. Charles is growing organic food for about 30 years. Most of this time he is developing a No-dig approach to farming. […]

Urban Organic Farm Dublin

31 Jul

no-dig raised beds

This is Urban Organic Farm Dublin. At the moment it is still under construction and no-dig method of organic farming is being followed. We are getting ready to open the garden for people interested to get involved. Creating an Urban Organic Farm in Dublin centre is not an easy job. A lot of creatures are […]