Mowing the paths this morning in preparation for the visit of 19 permaculture students this Wednesday.
It should be a busy day!
The grass had grown quite high over the past few weeks as I was unable to get out to cut it because of the continual rain.
I went slow due to the amount of frogs in the grass and because it was still wet!
Planting close together allows shade and shelter to develop.
The Birch shown here, planted close-up to the Ribes, are providing shelter from the north wind, which can be cold and destructive!
You can see Kilronan Mountain in the distance.
It would be impossible for me to work 3 acres without the benefits of permaculture techniques.
I don’t do weeding except directly around vegetables!
The reality is that I simply don’t have the time for this and anyway, I find that mulching and planting takes care of the gardens more than adequately!
Small areas of lawn add interest to the gardens and allow one to look around at the plants , shrubs and flowers and to appreciate the wildlife which is absolutely integral to the health of the land and humankind on it.
This is one of the most important elements of permaculture in my view…after all there is nothing without pollinating insects!
Where would a garden be without birdsong?
Biodiversity at its best…a tiny orchid grows up alongside a young Ash sapling.
I best go back to work…nettles to pull and use as mulch!
14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up!
Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.
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