And so, as we gaze into the year 2021, our waistbands stretched to new limits and still wondering what just happened to 2020, I prepare my assault on our community garden.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with our progress you’ll know that we began the garden in March 2020 to provide a beautiful space for the public to enjoy and that can assist in the making of our distillery’s products. None of this would have been possible without the help of local botanists, bartenders, the general public and Dublin City Council. The council have connected to the distillery through our colleague Dave and have very generously supplied us with some gardening tools.
This year will be even better we hope. No matter what the weather I fully intend to make the space a joy to behold, a little oasis in the middle of Inchicore that will welcome you to the Distillery.
‘Way down among Brazilians
Coffee beans grow by the billions
So they’ve got to find those extra cups to fill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil’
So sang the great Frank Sinatra. I LOVE Coffee, and I love’ ol Blue eye’s – it’s what I do. I drink Coffee and listen to crooners. Luckily, our garden also loves coffee, and we have had a plentiful supply since the wonderful Boom Coffee opened its doors nearby. We have had a steady stream of spent coffee grounds at our disposal and we’ve had fun experimenting with it. The output of one of our first experiments is the wonderful Spent-Spresso Martini developed by Luke in the lab. Lab coat Luke, that’s what I call him. He loves it.
The science bit: Coffee In the Garden
Adding coffee grounds while ‘Tilling’ the soil aids a good ‘tilth’. Tilling is the process of turning over the topsoil in order to maintain the right environment in which to grow plants. Coffee grounds make great fertilizer because they contain several key nutrients required for plant growth. They can also help attract worms and decrease the concentrations of heavy metals in the soil (the only heavy metal to be avoided in this garden!). Nutrients combined with a digging fork gently aerates and loosens the top few inches of soil before planting. We are looking for a good ‘Loam’ This is an ideal garden soil. Crumbly, full of organic matter, it can retain moisture yet still drains well.
Also for 2021 Stillgarden are rolling out the Cultiv8 initiative, an exciting new project that will enable anyone within a 5km radius of the distillery to collect bulbs and seeds for their own use. These can be planted at home, in your local area to brighten the place up or we can find a small plot in our communal garden for you to plant them. If you would like to take part in this, check out the Cultiv8 webpage to find out more.
In Heavy metal and rock gardening news, it appears that a diet of Black Sabbath is excellent for a healthy garden
, whereas Cliff Richard is akin to bindweed. Garden guru Chris Beardshaw is recommending a new technique for bigger blooms – blast your plants with heavy metal…..
The broadcaster and gardening expert revealed on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time that a constant diet of Black Sabbath worked wonders on a greenhouse full of plants, but exposure to Sir Cliff Richard killed every plant in a horticultural experiment. Black Sabbath, led by singer Ozzy Osbourne, are seen as pioneers of heavy metal with tracks such as Iron Man and Paranoid. Beardshaw says using rock music as a nutrient appears to create larger flowers and they are more disease resistant.
So there you go, it’s not just me!
Anyhoo, onwards and indeed upwards.