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

Hi all of you lovely people, gardeners and gin lovers alike. Neal here with your bi-weekly update of the community garden. I trust you are all doing well and enjoying this spell of (mostly) dry weather- it’s as if the sun doesn’t know what time of the year it is.

 

Neal in community garden

Mint, chili and spinach has been planted in the garden this week. Spinach won’t be used in the gin making process but to give us all a bit more muscle for the gardening work.

Tuesday saw us hosting a small gathering (under the recommended government guidelines),at our lovely new shiny Distillery. Our social botanists met at staggered times to plant up the fruits of their labours and enjoy a chilled Gin and tonic from our very first batch. The weather was beautiful, a perfect day to christen the garden and chat face to face.

The day was even more special for me as included on the guest list were the amazingly talented Marion and Róisín from Greenedge Dublin. Their knowledge and passion is infectious, and I learned more in our few hours together than you could possibly imagine. You can check out all of their greening projects around Dublin on Instagram @greenedgedublin)

The beds have been plumped up with compost, and the smell of herbs and the sway of the apple trees helped to ensure the backdrop to our meeting was perfect.

Plans are in motion for some new features to the all new super-duper botanical garden, think Mr. Miyagi’s garden in the Karate kid, but with lavender growing instead of bamboo. I fully intend to attempt a crane kick on said bridge, but certainly not after a few gin fizzes.

Speaking of gin, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of the Distillers Edition Gin. The first release that has been produced by Master  Distillers, Eanna Burke. A lovely gesture and it will be enjoyed this weekend, under hopefully glorious skies. Even more great news is that the Distillers Edition Gin is also available for collection or delivery!!!

Distillers edition gin

 

In rock based gardening news, my old mate Brian May of Queen had a horrendous accident when he tore his glutes while tending to his herbaceous borders. This is worthy of Spinal tap, but is in fact true, so please do be aware of ‘over-enthusiastic’ gardening. I have spoken to Brian in the past as he shares my love of foxes. He’s a lovely man indeed, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

Until next time,

Stay safe and 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