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Neal in community garden

Summer is almost over and we’re prepping the community garden in Inchicore for the autumn!  All of the crew at Stillgarden have been keeping themselves busy with our all new, all singing and dancing drinks. The botanicals in the garden provided us with the much needed inspiration for our new spirits. The EIGHT:01 mint cocktail and Early Harvest Vodka with rhubarb. They are available from our online shop or to buy in person from our Distillery here in Inchicore.

Early Harvest Rhubarb from GardenCocktails From the garden

We have welcomed two new staff to the team over the past month, Luke and Dave, both of whom have vast experience in the drinks industry and are thoroughly decent spuds indeed, it’s great to have them on board.

Having returned from a holiday break, its back to the gardening gloves and pruning shears for me. Weeds are a relentless foe and the battle is real. I’ve been attacking an invasive chancer called ‘Lambsquarters’ that has been trying to take over the garden, but was no match for the first Cromags album in my earbuds, and the cavalier wielding of my trowel of destruction.

weeds in the garden

Last week, Luke accompanied a hardy bunch of our social Botanists on a foraging hunt around Blackhorse Park to seek out fruits and plants to be used in the distilling process. The driving rain didn’t discourage, and they returned after a few hours with bags full of wonderful ingredients and a few nettle stings. We will be continuing these trips over the next months and hope to see some more of you there.

In the next few weeks we will be preparing for the autumn and charting out the garden for next year. Autumn is the time to root, temperatures cool and top growth slows, ideal conditions for fruit trees and roses. I will keep an area specifically with our social botanists in mind.  I’ll fill the bare
areas with a perennial that will provide colour and coverage to these spots.

In music related news, the TV show ‘Mythbusters’ recently carried out a test on plants to see how they reacted to sound and if different genres had an effect. Sadly metal and punk don’t seem to increase germination or seeding more than pop music or jazz. It turns out that flowers are not music
snobs like myself, and respond to all sounds equally.

Anyway, as always, stay well, stay safe and most importantly keep rockin’.

Neal

Strawberry beds

A social project creating a vibrant community botanical garden right in Dublin city.

Hi everyone, I’m Neal from Stillgarden Distillery in Inchicore. I am also a member of this community so introducing this project to you is really inspiring. Firstly, I hope that you are all doing well in these challenging times.

Strawberry plant in community garden.

On a brighter note we recently started an initiative which you might find fantastically interesting.  We’re aiming to turn even the most inexperienced of gardeners into green fingered sultans of soil! Why? We want to embrace the community into our exciting new Stillgarden social project. 

I’ve been extremely busy working in the new garden at the entrance to the Goldenbridge Estate, turning a previously shabby approach to our new Distillery and visitors centre into a feast for the eyes.  

I’ve spent a number of enjoyable mornings removing bags of rubbish, including TV’s and fire extinguishers, and the overgrown shrub. Once removed it revealed the wonderful Camac River, meandering lazily beneath the newly planted top soil. 

Additional planting of apple trees, strawberries, wildflowers and Lucky fruit will enhance the area, and help in the pollination that we hope will be boosted with the arrival of our bee hives.

We’re also encouraging the growing of botanicals at home and our team has shown truly amazing results as the weather has been perfect for hydroponics. The Social Botanists have really thrived and anyone can join them! You don’t just have to take my word for it you can see the results for yourself on Instagram.

There will be an area in the garden for plants may have outgrown the hydroponic planters! Eventually the journey from ground to glass will be literally all of fifty feet…

I will be updating each week on the progress of the garden, and the fantastic work that you have all undertaken, so for now, stay safe, stay busy and most importantly, keep rockin….

Neal