Today at Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding…Start the Week!

Nasturtiums are now in bloom outside, despite the rain. This one is pot planted outside the veranda and is slowly winding its’ way over pieces of driftwood, stone and Herb Robert. Our lives are full of clutter. A garden is a retreat and a permaculture garden is a perfect, food-bearing retreat, created for almost no […]

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Notes from a Cottage…West of Ireland Permaculture.

The land across the smallholding that is Bealtaine Cottage, is very wet indeed. Too wet to do much, except admire the tremendous growth that has taken place recently! The paths are closing in and so I spent about two hours this morning out with my shears, clipping frantically between showers…about a third done, not bad! […]

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The Fairy Wood at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland.

There is a sacred space here at Bealtaine Cottage, an ancient place that evolved at such a speed, that I quickly realised there was magic in this little corner of the land. Above is one of the six entrances to what became known as the Fairy Wood…not my name for it, but bestowed upon it […]

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Raspberry Coulis Cake, Friends and Friday…Notes from a Cottage

I love the idea of the weekend. It evokes images of lolling around and being part of a TimeDrift…just going with the flow. And yes Jack, you should be embarrassed…ripping up the porch just because I shut the door when my dinner guest came! The protest doesn’t cut it with me…I was a Greenham Common […]

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This Morning in the Permaculture Garden and Tunnel at Bealtaine

The storms continue and at times the wind abates for just long enough to get outdoors without being battered by the gusts! The Sedums planted in and around the old fireplace are now thriving since the rain came…these are ideal for planting on green roofs and will tolerate drought and flood equally well. Peachy Poppies […]

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The Wren at Bealtaine…Biodiversity in Permaculture, Naturally!

Can you see the little bird nesting in the corner of the hanging basket? I think it’s a Wren and it has made a nest here in the shelter of the veranda. I waited util it had flown and quickly snapped some pics…and was really surprised to see these tiny eggs in the nest! Looks […]

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Wednesday 25th May @ Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The Nursery Where would any permaculture garden be without a plant nursery on site? The heart of the plan and always ready to be dipped into…and give away from! Weather The weather has been wet and windy over recent weeks, so much of the blossom that would be harvested, such as the Elderflower, is looking […]

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Days of Wine and Roses…West of Ireland Permaculture.

Continuing to empty the freezer of last summer’s huge harvest of black and red currants…so, it’s more wine on the make! Colours in the gardens continue to develop with very little need for flowers…and those that are in bloom are strong perennials that are here to stay! Roses hang heavy around the veranda. Valerian comes […]

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