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, […]

Moy Hill Community Garden

26 Aug

Creative pots for lettuces

This weekend it has been 2 years since we started to clear the brambles from Moy Hill Community Garden. When we started it was completely overgrown with them together with couch grass and other weeds. It was a nice surprise when we discovered an old well in the bushes with beautiful water. That was the […]

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 […]

Guerilla Gardener

28 Apr

Guerilla Gardener

Guerilla Gardener from South Los Angeles Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” “Growing your food […]

Three plants which clean indoor air

22 Apr

Researcher Kamal Meattle and his extensive research reveals three plants which clean indoor air in homes or offices. As a case study office building in New Dehli where 300 people work was filled with 1200 plants. These plants include Areca palm, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, and a “Money Plant”. These plants are used to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, […]

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 […]