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Walking in the Edible Garden This Morning…

1 Jun

It’s amazing what a little rain manages to achieve in a growing vegetable bed.

This is the new raised bed constructed less than a week ago and already settled into the garden.

All plants were grown on in trays, then pots to give them a fighting chance against the all-invasive Irish slug…so far, so good!

Potatoes are all growing well in the old compost area from last year…the ground is full of nutrients. I move the compost area each year as a way of bringing fertility to as much of the ground as possible.

Comfrey is growing to grand heights, majestic and abundant in the days before harvesting.

Walking around the edible garden this morning was a heavily scented experience as the rain last night pushed up earthy perfumes from the garden.

This is a tiny fraction of the berry harvest growing here, this morning, at Bealtaine Cottage.

These are Jostaberries, a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry…they are delicious!

The path to the tunnel is bordered with foxgloves, beautiful in their ascendency this morning. You can see the Oregano and Blackcurrant cutting growing happily underneath.

And look what was waiting for me in the tunnel…

And on the way back from the tunnel, stopping by the shed, I spotted this beautiful Valerian growing single-mindedly against the side of the building… wilful and independent…

An Irish Cottage Garden in Spring

19 Mar

I’ve been listening to Sinead O’Connor this morning as I clean the cottage.

What is it about music that energizes and propels one along in whatever work they are engaged in?

It reminds me of the factories during WW2 where music was introduced as the women worked, building components for, and weapons of, war! And afterwards, the BBC introduced a programme on the radio, entitled, “Music While You Work,” aimed at women, of course!

Good grief…that’s a mental leap of thoughts from Sinead to WW2…amazing what a duster in one hand and a headscarf wrapped around the hair can evoke…

As you can see from the pic of today…spring and sunshine has a compelling effect on one’s energy and drive!

Foxgloves this morning, near the vegetable garden. There is no shortage of these beautiful, wild flowers around the land of Bealtaine.

In the tunnel earlier…Missy follows me as I work.
I received a lovely gift recently of 3 Elder trees and 3 Sycamores, so planting these will be enjoyable work to do this afternoon, no doubt, overseen by herself!

It is amazing just how much heat is captured daily in these stones edging the paths…passive solar collectors. Missy can tell you all about warm stones…just watch a cat!

The Bumble Bees are out in force, enjoying the heavily scented flowers of the Ribes. It is easy enough to plant an all year round forage for the Bees, whether they are the humble Bumble or the hard-working Honey Bee…all are welcome and catered for here at Bealtaine!

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