Permaculture Cottage ~ Food and Fairies

3 Aug

Mulching is really important once the dry weather sets in! It keeps the moisture in the ground as well as suppressing weeds. The fruit trees and fruit bushes were all mulched heavily during May. This helps to produce a good harvest as the fruit plumps out according to the amount of moisture they receive.

In gardening, mulch is a protective cover placed over the soil to retain moisture, reduce erosion, provide nutrients, and suppress weed growth and seed germination. Mulching in gardens and landscaping mimics the leaf cover that is found on forest floors.

This is the tunnel today. Courgettes, Pumpkins, Fennel and Corn are all producing well. As crops come to fruition, the ground is cleared, fresh compost is spread and new plants set out. Compost is rich in nutrients and used for all planting at Bealtaine Cottage. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus  and as a natural pesticide for soil.

Courgette flower today and small fruit underneath. Courgettes are one of my favourite veg, especially cooked as fritters and served with a homemade, tomato salsa sauce…mmm! Courgette is also known as Zucchini!

When used for food, zucchini are usually picked when under 20 cm in length, when the seeds are still soft and immature. Mature zucchini can be as much as three feet long and known as Marrows. These are delicious stuffed and baked! Jam can also be made using Marrows…Marrow and Ginger jam is delicious!

Courgettes can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques, including steamed, boiled, grilled, stuffed and baked, barbecued, fried, or incorporated in other recipes such as soufflés. It also can be baked into a bread, zucchini bread or incorporated into a cake mix. Its flowers can be eaten stuffed and are a delicacy when deep fried, as tempura.

Zucchini can also be eaten raw, sliced or shredded in a cold salad, baked into a bread similar to banana bread.

A place of calm and quiet contemplation…

The path that leads out from the Fairy Dell…

And deep within the Fairy Dell, Cow Parsley reaches up towards the sky…

6 Responses to “Permaculture Cottage ~ Food and Fairies”

  1. eremophila November 16, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    What a delightful garden! It’s similar to the one I had to leave behind when I recently relocated. Lovely to find another garden with soul :-)

    • PermaGoddess November 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Bealtaine Garden merges with Nature and that can be very entrancing and sometimes evoke a sense of childlike wonder…one we are so liable to forget.
      Where did you have your garden?
      Colx

      • eremophila November 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

        My last garden was in the Mid North of South Australia, a fairly dry area with strong winds. In other words, a harsh climate. But over the four years I was there, the bare paddock became a haven with insect life as the garden gradually established. I think I learned more observing that garden than I had in the previous three decades of gardening. My new ‘garden’ is a collection of pots…..but one day I’ll have a chance to create again :-)

        • PermaGoddess November 17, 2011 at 8:39 am #

          Gardens come in all shapes and sizes…I once lived in an apartment in London and had great fun creating a garden around the entrance door…I probably had more fun with that then any other garden!
          Colx

  2. Malchus August 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Actually you can also eat the plant itself!

    Have a look at this:
    http://theproudgarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/now-heres-part-of-zucchini-plant-worth.html

    • PermaGoddess August 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks for the link…that looks to be a delicious recipe and will try it out!

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