Creating a Permaculture Garden of Eden…It’s Easy! (2)
Seven years ago this space was a wet, rushy field that hosted a rather angry looking cow…that was on the first day I spied Bealtaine, as it was to become known.


Here was the upper field where the orchards are now!

There is a pic somewhere on all these posts of that very angry cow, poor thing!

Lots of mulching, planting and mulching later, here is the same field…mad, isn’t it?

I know I’m always singing the praises of permaculture, but there is no other method I could have followed in order to make this transformation on my own.

The Ladys Mantle has just done its ‘spill thing,’ as you can see…I love this, as it grows beside one of the water bins.

The Rose Arch between the orchards.

Grapes and Poppies in the tunnel.

Permaculture works on so many different levels and in all situations, even here on the gravel driveway.

The reason why Permaculture works so well lies in it’s simplicity and economy…encouraging us to use what is already around us.

It’s about purposeful living born out of observation of and compassion toward Mother Earth.

Working in harmony with Mother Earth, your investment grows year on year.

There’s not a bank on Earth can guarantee that!

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  1. I am so inspired by you and many other permaculture gardeners since I began blogging four months ago. My husband and I have thrown our previous garden plans out the door and are so grateful for our blank canvas. It is overwhelming at times, where to begin? But then I remember the words you said above ‘The reason why Permaculture works so well lies in it’s simplicity and economy…encouraging us to use what is already around us.’

    My heart feels it is time we stop eating meat. A big step when feeding a family of seven but I will figure it out.

    Is there a book you would recommend for guidance on both of these areas? More likely two separate books.

    If you are ever on Inis Mor you are welcome to stop by our wee homefarm for a visit and a cup of tea. Melissa Xx

  2. Reblogged this on Divine Timing and commented:
    Absolutely!!! Colette from Bealtaine Cottage has inspired our little family so much, that one day I aspire to share the before/after’s of our land as well. Love your little piece of the Earth, and that will help bring this planet into greater beauty, synergy & luscious harmony.

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