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Seed-Saving the Easy Way…

Working in the tunnel today.

Much clearing and preparing the beds for the Autumn and early winter cycle of growing.

It’s well worth planting anything at this time of the year, as there is a harvest from what would be ordinarily thrown onto the compost heap.

I had several tomato plants that were sitting around, looking quite forlorn, so I planted them into the spaces left by clearing.

There’s bound to be a few tomatoes offered up to a decent salad!

Much of what is in the tunnel has been left to seed, so at this point it makes a good addition to the compost and the video explains why and how.

Even though the day has been has been grey and wet, it’s been lovely working in the stillness in the tunnel…contemplative and dry!

Today’s video…all about natural seed saving…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h78I26NNzAI

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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.

3 thoughts on “Seed-Saving the Easy Way…

  1. I love your cottage. Just wondering how did you get rid of the rushes – i have a very large field of rushes and i would like to get rid of them in an eco friendly manner – do you have any suggestions for me?? thank you.

    1. I strimmed them down, planting trees and bushes as I went along, mulching heavily with cardboard and straw.
      I see lots of rushes in the fields, seeding and spreading.
      One years seed is seven years weed.
      Rushes used to be used as bedding for animals and make good compost too, but must be cut before they seed!
      Hedges keep the wind from carrying the seed from neighbouring fields.
      Cows are bred to be very large and heavy…this leads to poaching of the land as rain intensifies.
      Machinery is used on the land that cannot support the weight and leads to serious compacting of the soil.
      Walking the land and considering all these issues and more will provide practical, long-term solutions to be put into place.
      All these practical steps need to be addressed, as the problem with rushes is not in isolation.
      Everything is connected.
      Colx

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