It is standard permaculture practice to use whatever is to hand when constructing features in the garden.
I happen to live in a part of West Ireland where there is a surplus of stone…in fact there is stone just about everywhere.
This is a very rocky part of Ireland and is in fact very beautiful for it.
However, when making a small garden, and in this case it was one by the entrance to the cottage near the public road, then it made perfect sense to collect up some stones and white-wash them.
That way the edges are marked out well for passing cars to note and stay clear from!
I used a traditional lime mixed with water and left to sour for a few days.
This is a very cheap and easy way to create an effective white paint and as it washes down into the soil over the course of time it actually benefits the plants growing there!
The cost of making this little garden was almost zero…about one euro in total!
Here’s how it looks…click on the link to view today’s video diary from Bealtaine Cottage…
It’s rare to get anything from a bank these days.
Investments and savings are accepted, while little is offered to customers!
However, my local bank, in Carrick-on-Shannon, provided me with one of the best growing investments I have ever had…and one that continues to grow and spread rampantly…Valerian.
To be honest, I stole them!
Now that’s a confession I should not be making, but in this case, as the seeds did not belong to Monsanto, I felt it was my duty to snap them off and spread them as generously as I could, all around Bealtaine Cottage.
Anyway, six or so years later, the seeds continue to spread, of their own volition and infest the gravel with delight, for me and the Bees!
Here they are…Click on the link to see the best investment anyone can make…investing in Nature and the environment…