The garden has had a wonderful April - lots to harvest including spinach, herbs, spring onions and rhubarb. We've even had our first strawberry!
We are busy sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings so there's plenty of jobs for everyone. Last weekend we had master tree pruner David up to the garden. He has been an enormous help in getting our orchard in shape and caring for the trees already growing around the walls in the kitchen garden, and is training a group of members on how to take care of the trees. So we are anticipating bountiful fruit harvests in the years to come after all this TLC.
Sometime in May we are hoping to have a seedling sale. We'll be selling plug plants of brassicas, lots of fresh herbs for window boxes and flowers for hanging baskets (amongst other things). So before you head off to your local garden centre remember that in a few weeks there will be some organic genuinely 'home grown' plants for sale in the garden. We'll get the date to you asap.
The R&R Area is still on the horizon and we do hope to start work on that soon. We're also looking into possibilities for extra training and workshops for our Members. Nothing is confirmed yet but I hope to get back to you on that soon.
However, it's not all wellies and seedlings and wheelbarrows here at the Santry Community Gardening. There's always a bit of red tape to wade through and some paperwork to clear off as well.
You may remember some time ago I told you that we were uninsured but that we were looking into alternatives. I am happy to report that we have been able to secure a great policy through JLT for 250 euro. This is a group policy that was set up by Dublin Community Growers. It's been carefully structured for organisations such as ourselves and means that now all our members and visitors are adequately covered.
We hope to get this formally signed off at our next committee meeting (on Monday evening) but I just wanted to keep you up to date on developments.
The other thing we have been putting finishing touches to is the Garden Health & Safety Statement and Risk Assessment. This has now been uploaded to the website: http://www.santrycommunitygarden.ie/health--safety.html
Anyone who's coming to work in the garden should familiarise themselves with this and a copy will be left in the shed for reference as well.
Our main aim with both these items is not to get ourselves entangled in forms but to ensure that we can all garden happily, safely and sensibly.