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The Perfect Permaculture Plant …

A Permaculture plant is one that is perfectly suited to that space in nature, soil, climate, site, micro-climate, etc.,

A plant that is comfortable in that zone and one that adds to the bio-diversity possibilities on the land space you inhabit.

One that provides food, whether for yourself, animals, insects or the soil…thereby keeping the loop healthy and working.

Cow Parsley in my garden

Covered with tiny droplets of rain, this Cow Parsley looks exquisite, despite the fact that it is hated and despised by so many gardeners, yet home and food and shelter to so many insects.

I have vast tracts of Cow Parsley growing on my land.

It looks stunning when dusted with winter frost!

I noticed that there was a lot of this wild herb growing on the roads around the mountain of Kilronan this week.

It looked spectacular in the mountain light.

Wind Spiral in the Fairy Dell

This wind spiral catches energy moving through the woodland of the Fairy Dell.

This is a spot that everyone refuses to visit or even walk through after sunset…

Fairies inhabit this little bit of woodland.

 A woodland zone is  a vital part of the Permaculture Plan…

Harvest Moon in the West of Ireland, tonight!

Last night the Harvest Moon rose over my Permaculture Vegetable Garden.

The sky was clear and the air  crisp as the moonlight illuminated my path back across the grass from the compost heap.

Today is now calm and sunny, but rain clouds  have emptied a lot of water over the valley.

I watched them move, sweeping across the mountains from the Atlantic Ocean, bringing fresh, clean water to my garden.

I have lit the stove in the kitchen and filled it with Turf and logs.

The heat will air the clothes that I’ve rescued from the clothes line.

As I write this I can smell them drying…time for tea, I’m thinking!


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.

10 thoughts on “The Perfect Permaculture Plant …

  1. Hi – it’s a beautiful day here in Connemara and hop you are enjoying the same warmth. What should I do to prepare the currant bushes for winter. I am not sure whether to feed them before their long winter sleep, cut them back or just mulch them? thanks for advice x

      1. Our summers here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley are dry and can sometimes be downright hot! The blackcurrant bushes in my yard really don’t like the heat and this year, even with irrigation, they lost all their berries and half their leaves. I am wondering if they should be grown as an understory plant in this climate. Any ideas?

        Bright blessings,


        1. Absolutely, yes! blackcurrant are happiest in light to medium shade, even in Ireland!
          Transplant as soon as dormant and cut back moderately…a good time to pot up the cuttings too.
          All will be fruitful next growing season!
          Mulch lots too!

      2. Thanks Colette. I have just heard about One Million Trees in One Day – a charity which aims to plant one million trees betweeen now and March and they are looking for land. Have a look at their web site. It might be of interest to some of your followers.

  2. A plant I find very useful for all things – eating, attracting beneficial insects, good composter, is green amaranth. It grows on very thin soils to about a meter tall and the leaves are yummy. Do you have it in your garden?

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