Just a short note to tell you about an upcoming grafting workshop this weekend in the garden, facilitated by David Howell.
As many of you know, as part of the development of the community garden's orchard we are looking to include a complete set of Irish heritage apple varieties. A lot of these varieties are no longer commercially available so we are putting the collection together through grafting. There are 68 known Irish varieties and we already have many of these from the last grafting session. We will be grafting more of these next Saturday morning in the veg garden (Saturday 28th February), we will use the poly tunnel if the day is wet.
All the rootstock and scion wood material will be provided but it would be helpful that anyone wishing to learn how to graft bring along a stanley knife with a new blade.
This workshop is for paid up members only. Obviously we'd be happy to accommodate any new interested people but they will need to join up. The garden will be open as usual from 11am and the workshop will kick off around then.
We will also have a visit from Britt Dufour from Near TV that morning. She is filming a number of community gardens in Dublin over the year so if anyone wants to be interviewed she'd be happy to hear from you. Equally so, we are very well aware that we have lots of members who would rather scoop their eyeballs out with a rusty spoon than sit and talk to journalists and that of course is perfectly fine too! We will make sure the filming is unobtrusive and doesn't interfere with members who just want to get on with a bit of quiet gardening.
All the best,
Donna and the SCG Committee