Replenishing the Earth

Sammy Cat on the roof of the porch at Bealtaine Cottage Ireland

Sammy Cat is exploring his environment as he grows up.

He managed to find his way onto the roof of the porch at Bealtaine Cottage.

And the best way to get him down?

Rattle the cat biscuits bag at him!

Missy Cat sitting on a log at Bealtaine CottageThe days are longer and brighter and all the animals at Bealtaine are in playful mode.

Missy, being older and wiser, enjoys basking in the sun on a warm log.

The logs, placed here and there all over the permaculture gardens, are essential to the health and fertility of the gardens.

Much life depends on these and much life is nurtured under and around these big old chunks of wood.

Bealtaine Cottage spring well in Fairy WoodSpring has sprung!

The Spring Well is flowing clear and cold, feeding the ponds where the frogs have spawned.

sowing seeds in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine CottageSeeds are spouting and growing.

Broad Beans, Peas, Wild Rocket and Salad Leaves are all outdoors, on the veranda, at the back of the cottage, warm in the south-facing shelter.

I cover them over at night with plastic sheeting and cardboard.

They are warm and snug in an old polystyrene fish box!

growing onions in potager beds at Bealtaine CottageBottomless pots of onions are planted into the Potager Beds.

Using pots with the bottoms cut away is a good way of making full use of all the space in the growing beds that have been heavily laid with manure and seaweed over the winter months.

The roots of all planted into pots like this will spread out and find abundant nourishment.

Bealtaine Cottage potager gardenThis worked very well indeed last year with everything I planted!

Welcome to the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage

Today, Monday, is sunny and warm…a chance to continue sowing seeds in as many pots as I can fill.

There is no such thing as too many plants!

Just lots and lots to give away!


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  1. How lovely to see Sam again and sweet Missy too =^.^=

    I think your potager beds are genious! I hope to try something similar in my little patch. You are such an inspiration.

  2. Beautiful post as always. We are a bit behind you, weather-wise, here in East Lincs UK..It is not warm enough to get my seedlings out of the greenhouse yet..More snow forecast!

    • As I type there is snow falling, albeit sparsely at present…but hopefully it won’t last long.
      I have very fond memories of Spalding, Boston and the little village of Sutterton!
      Blessings from Bealtaine Cottage

  3. Spring is in full force at Bealtaine Cottage. Its wonderful to see. Sammy is so beautiful and so is Missy and you are so right age brings wisdom.
    Blessings to you

  4. Love Sammy on the roof! And Missy so much more dignified and mature. Wonderful. Your spring is way ahead of ours and they are talking more snow tomorrow! I will have to just enjoy your gardens for now. Thanks for sharing. Patti

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