It's been a while since once of my updates so I thought I'd drop you all a quick note to bring you up to date on developments in the Garden over the last month or so.
Every season has its own charm but I am very partial to Autumn - misty mornings fragrant with damp leaves, golden sunlight (when we're lucky!) and some delicious produce from the garden. We have had a wonderful summer this year and although the bumper harvest of August and early September is on the wane we still have late salad leaves, lots of tomatoes, courgettes, peas, potatoes, cabbage, spinach, kale, broccoli and of course delicious herbs.
We took a stall at Flavours of Fingal again this year and had a very successful weekend despite our Sunday session being curtailed by gales which transported our tent several metres away from where it was originally! We were amongst a row of tents along the outer perimeter wall of the walled garden which had to close because of rain and wind causing a health and safety hazard.
It was all very dramatic and we assumed our fundraising wouldn't have amounted to much seeing as our time there was so curtailed but through a mixture of Stephen's 'roll up, roll up' charm and the pull of planting a daffodil for kids we managed to raise 500 euro. Our stall looked great with lots of bunting and our beautiful produce (see below). The pumpkin drew lots of admiration as did our beautiful yellow courgettes. These have caused a bit of a stir generally as many Eastern European and Mediterranean visitors have been trying to find these in Ireland with no success. They are delicious although not markedly different from the green variety but were a great hit and we will definitely do them again.
Talking of fundraising we were also delighted to hear that Dublin Bus Community Awards have awarded us a grant of 1,000. We are hoping to put this toward the cost of a rotavator and a new badly needed lawnmower. So thanks a million to them for their support.
I was interviewed on community radio's only dedicated gardening programme - The Sod Show recently as well. Peter Donegan the presenter came to visit the garden and was very impressed. If you fancy a listen you can check it out here:
Finally a couple of dates for the diary. We are going to have an autumn barbecue again this year the weekend before Hallowe'en so it will be either 26th or 27th October. We'll confirm for definite soon. Barbecues are generally seen as fair weather occasions but they are well suited to crisper afternoons too. Wrapped up well, there's nothing nicer than tucking into soup, jacket potatoes, sausages and other warming goodies. We'll have lots of pumpkins available to make into jack-o-lanterns for the kids as well. So make a note of the date and come along for some hallowe'en fun.
Also, our AGM is going to be on the evening of Thursday November 14th. We do hope to see as many of you there as possible as it's a great opportunity to unveil our ideas for 2014 and to hear what you would like from your community garden.
Many thanks to those of you who have renewed your membership and I'd also like to extend a warm welcome to our new members. It's great to see so many new faces in the garden and it's a good barometer of the success and ongoing viability of our project, that we are getting plenty of new people involved.
Donna and the SCG Committee