Category: Garden

Biodiversity Week 2018 – What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity Week 2018 is upon us so why not take a look at the importance of biodiversity. What is Biodiversity? Bio – “life”; Diversity – “different stuff” Biodiversity is all the different living things that make life possible. Think of it is as parts of a puzzle; having a biodiverse ecosystem allows us to see […]

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Planting for Pollinators

Pollinators support plant growth and make your garden more fruitful than without them. When they stop by your garden, they take nutrient rich pollen to help neighbouring areas. You may have heard dystopian worries of a future world without bees, but it’s easier to avoid this than you think! You can help keep bee populations […]

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Back in the Garden

Preparing the Beds The end of winter is often more predictable than this year, but don’t worry, you can still start on your garden! Even with the extra wet soil, we are preparing the ground for seed at the Green Living and Sustainability (GLAS) Community Garden. Throughout the winter, we covered the beds with cardboard […]

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Did you say RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLE GREENHOUSE?

The Recycled Plastic Bottle Greenhouse has been a feature of the Green Living and Sustainability (GLAS) Community Garden in Ballymun for the last six years. As the garden hosts more workshops and volunteers, the time came to turn the greenhouse into an outdoor environmental education space! That’s why in November 2017, 14 volunteers from the […]

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From Sand to Soil: Heritage Week at GAP

  We celebrated Heritage Week 2017 with two fun-filled events for families from all over.  All 51 participants explored the Irish heritage at the North Bull Island Nature Reserve and Glás Community Garden.       This year’s theme for Heritage Week was “It’s in your nature,” so we took visitors through Dublin’s natural world.  Who can deny […]

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Youth Gardening Workshops

Our Youth Gardening Programme is available as a tailor-made programme spanning a number of weeks or as individual workshops.   HOW INVOLVEMENT IN GARDENING BENEFITS YOUNG PEOPLE: Gardening benefits kids’ health and well-being, their attitudes towards learning and the environment, their connections to community, and so much more. When it comes to vegetables, if they grow […]

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What a Hard Working Volunteer Looks Like…..

    Planting pollinator plants will encourage pollinating insects to the garden and the hard work they do really is priceless.   The Greater Yellow Bumblebee is on the Red List of endangered species. In Ireland we have 20 species of Bumblebees, 14 true Bumblebees and 6 cuckoo bumblebees. Cuckoo bumblebees lay their eggs in the […]

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Organic Dining al fresco in the Glás Garden

Chef Carl from Ballark centre lead an exciting workshop in the Glás Garden recently. Instead of our regular tea and biscuits at midday we enjoyed a freshly cooked lunch made with ingredients Carl collected from the garden. He picked herbs including chives, sage, parsley, thyme and lemon balm. His chosen vegetables were onions, artichoke, leeks and potatoes. Carl prepared […]

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Causes of Colour – The Starch Test for School Gardens

Over the last few weeks our Youth Gardeners from Scoil an sTeachtar Laoch have been busy planting potatoes in the Glás Community Garden. If your school needs some tips on planting potatoes in your school garden, our Community Gardener Sharon has shared some expert tips with us: The Irish Spud – Growing Potatoes   BRINGING SCIENCE INTO […]

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