Permaculture Harvests in Ireland

21 Mar

Plum Harvest

Plums from the one of the Plum Trees here on the land. 

Plums are easy to grow in Ireland as they are related to the Blackthorn tree, the one that fruits Sloes.

Rowan berries, collected from trees near my local town, Carrick. Foraging can be a very fruitful and worthwhile undertaking in the country, bringing in a bountiful harvest!

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Hips from the Rosa Rugosa growing at Bealtaine Cottage…these are brimming with Vitamin C and make a delicious syrup, as well as magnificent wine, which has the body of a good Sherry!

Home-made wines are very easy to make…simply observing the “clean” rule. Mind you, if you do have a slip-up, the wine can be turned into a delicious fruit vinegar…which makes lovely and unusual presents at Christmas!

Apple jellies and Rowan jellies…delightful garden produce!

The Apple harvest at Bealtaine has been consistently good, producing more apples than what I can use!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture pumpkins

Pumpkins and Tomatoes grow well in the tunnel. Pumpkins will store for 6 months and more in a cool pantry, as happens here.

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The so-called “poor,” land produces hundreds of pounds of Blackcurrants…which I turn into jams, chutney, wine and delicious cordial.

These are just some of the wonderful foods that can be grown on poor land, on a north-facing slope, in the west of Ireland, using Permaculture! 

Unlike so many of the books that tell you what can and cannot be grown, I simply plant it and see…and have yet to be disappointed!

3 Responses to “Permaculture Harvests in Ireland”

  1. Jennifer M. March 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Your photos are just lovely – makes me want to come for a visit :)

  2. The Old Wash House (@OldWashHouse) March 21, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Oh are they rowan berries?! Well I never knew that! Your jellies look delicious by the way. I can almost taste them through the photo. Love the way the light is shining through the jars too.

    • PermaGoddess March 21, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Rowan Jelly is very good for one’s health and filled with Vitamin C!
      Colx

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