May 28, 2013May 28, 2013 Colette O'Neill Permaculture Orchard and Spring Well An update on the new orchard…the mulching continues as the blossom breaks on the little trees. Lots of nettles have been chopped and layered on the mulch! The path is being extended, as I find time to do a little more and a little more! Look who has made a little bed for himself on the weed suppressing mat… This project will continue into the autumn as I have several other projects on the go, including the new kitchen floor. Herbs are lovely flowers to grow and these are growing just outside the Lodge. Chives, Feverfew, Comfrey, Clary Sage and Ox-Eye Daisies all happily growing together! The hen house this morning…I leave the girls in long enough for them to lay. This is the entrance from the new orchard. I have just returned from cleaning out the well up on the hill. The water tank had stopped filling and had, in fact dried out. A visit to the well confirmed my suspicion that the pipe had clogged up with plant life! I can hear the water filling in the tank in the loft as I type. The hens are all in good shape now and are the most passive and calm little creatures I have ever encountered. Just adorable! The Lime trees are now in leaf. I have discovered that these trees grow very well from cuttings! Willow is growing thick and fast on the pollarded trees. This will grow up to 15 feet high, making great fedging lengths this autumn. Share this:TwitterPinterestFacebookWhatsAppPocketLinkedInRedditPrintTumblrTelegramSkypeEmailLike this:Like Loading...
Hurrah!! CNN in America has reported on the march. This will have annoyed Monsanto no end. Well worth watching the report. Still waiting for an explanation from the BBC though.
Hi Colette — just wondering what you use to chop up things like nettles or small branches. Do you have a piece of equipment to do this like a mulcher? I’ve been thinking about getting one as my garden is producing more and more material that I could be using for mulching. It’s becoming a bit more than I can manage to chop up by hand.
Awoken to a beautiful morning here in the west of Ireland!
Yes, indeed, I have an electric shredder, plugged into the barn. I got it from a friend who had originally bought it in Lidl, for around 100euros. It is perfect and chops and shreds fantastically well! I use it every day, as part of the benefit of permaculture planting is the great amount of stuff for shredding and mulching!
Your gardens are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Your garden is looking beautiful and it is such a joy to have chickens. I only have 2 but they are great company when I’m gardening but not very helpful if I’m planting.
I am coming to Ireland with my family for a holiday on Saturday and we’re going to be in County Clare (near to New Quay). We are really looking forward to it now and hope I might get the chance to visit Glenamaddy where the ancestors are from.
Best wishes to you all at Bealtaine
I hope the weather stays fine for your holiday…it is beautiful this evening, clear skies and glorious sunset! Clare is a wonderful county!
Inspirational as always x
In answer to Skybridges, no the media has not reported it in Britain apart from the Guardian newspaper who did at least mention it. I have complained to the BBC, who are publicly funded and are supposed to be unbiased, ha ha! There has obviously been a blackout on the march. I believe that most of the news media in America has reported except CNN.