The Easiest to Grow Vegetables and Fruit from Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Last year I grew them successfully on straw and manure spread on the ground on top of cardboard.
The ground was in perfect condition afterwards for digging in a new Rhubarb bed.

Swiss Chard.
A  cut and come again crop. 007Here it is growing outdoors during the winter.
The frost may set it back but it grows again quickly from the root.
Swiss Chard in the tunnel today...Ruby Chard
Swiss Chard in the tunnel today…Ruby Chard
Eat young leaves as salad or
You can sow directly into the soil, but I prefer to start almost everything off in pots to give them some strength to resist the slugs!
Dark Ruby Chard has over-wintered well in the tunnel
Dark Ruby Chard has over-wintered well in the tunnel

The stalks are marvellously coloured and can be white, as above, yellow, red, and orange, so they can look great in flower beds too!

Beetroot grows easily and stays in the ground over winter, so can be harvested without fuss.
If left in the ground until the following spring, you will be able to harvest some young leaves from the plant too.
Great in Juices too! 029Parsley…a biennial, so will over-winter perfectly and not be set back by frost if protected just a little, like above, using an old bottom-less bread tin. 033Pumpkin and Butternut Squash…I grew these from saved seeds from the previous year.
Just make sure that the soil is enriched with lots of well rotted manure, or good compost, for they are hungry plants!

Pumpkins…grow the same as Butternut Squash…the more enriched the soil,  the bigger they grow…so, watch out! 001
Apples…invest in a few apple trees…fruit trees will never let you down!
permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 019
harvesting blackcurrantsblackcurrants…the gardens at Bealtaine are infested with them!

3 thoughts on “The Easiest to Grow Vegetables and Fruit from Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

  1. Chard I can grow but my spuds get bight, we have discussed this. I did grow one butternut! I hadn’t fed the soil I think. I look forward to your posts to see what is going on.


  2. I simply love the walks around your gardens…I am anxious for our weather to be warm enough to really get my hands dirty. I do have a little green house now, so lots of plants are started!

    take care,


    • Hi Jess, it’s amazing how quickly the Spring moves in…and there’s simply tons left to do from the Autumn and Winter, or so it goes here at any rate! Now is the time to get everything ready for the beautiful mayhem that is Spring!


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