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Dublin City Guide to Community Gardening

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The following link is to the Dublin City Guide to Community Gardening. It gives practical hints and some ideas about what is needed to set up a community garden. Obviously some of the ideas are more suited to organisations that are happy to stay within the state system, but its still worth a read for practical ideas.

 

http://www.google.ie/url?q=http://www.dublin.ie/uploadedFiles/City_Development_Board/RHS_Panel/FINAL%2520City%2520Guide%2520to%2520Community%2520Gardening.pdf&sa=U&ei=TpzvTr3ABtOYhQfp_5nNCA&ved=0CBgQFjAB&usg=AFQjCNFkbpyzM2UhOancVv08M0S1y_1pAQ

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This is something we want in the flats where I live. Not so long ago a few residents tried to make a communal garden with vegetables and flowers etc..

They never followed it through as they aren't keen gardeners and didn't know what to do.

In the near future I'll be organising to do it properly and will be looking for some volunteers and someone who might have a bit of experience in this field.

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We intended to do something like this last year, but missed the boat from a planting point of view (although really it was because we stalled for too long). In meantime I've been keeping a small plot in my back garden, and while certainly no expert gardener, I have definitely improved my knowledge of what's needed. We even got a decent crop of green tomatoes in October that made a delicious chutney as well as a couple of weeks of spuds out of it!!

 

Would be happy to help out!

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Go raibh maith agat a chara! The flats where I live, after a 10 year wait, were due to be redeveloped but the plans have since been stalled for 3 years or more by the developer. It would great for the residents to have their own communal garden and would give people a well needed moral boost.

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I think one of the most important features from a socialist perspective is that when setting up community gardens, that we do our best to encourage communal principles. There is no point in creating community gardens that simply perpetuate private ownership. Collectivism, co-operation, direct democratic control and decommodification should be encouraged from the outset, while of course allowing people to have an individual input (and output) from the project.

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