Using Seaweed in the Garden

After so much rain during the past few weeks, it was a relief to have a relatively dry day! You may remember that last week I visited the Atlantic shoreline to harvest some seaweed to use on the garden. The strands to the south of Sligo town have piles of loose seaweed here and there […]

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Permaculture Food Forest in Ireland

The leaves are just beginning to bud and appear. Bees are busy at work here in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…without them this would be a place of hunger. But, it’s not…instead it boasts food for all and more to come. This is what a food forest looks like as the sap rises and life […]

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Your Power, Your Choice!

Solar panels! Many permaculture garden visitors ask me why I have no solar panels? My stock answer is that I cannot afford them…but that hides all the other reasons why solar panel are not high on my wish-list of add-ons to Bealtaine Cottage! I see the issue in much more simple terms…frugality! Over the past […]

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From the Fringe…

The start of the week in this sacred place, where edges meet and overlap…a cooling, calming morning.  Yesterday was a day of visits and creating bouquets to take with me. The gardens are flourishing and birthing beauty all around me, so there was much to gather and choose from. This is the tenth year using […]

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Post Midsummer Polytunnel Gardening at Bealtaine Cottage

Second-phase food production is under way as from this week. Midsummer has passed and many harvests are home or under-way. This week has seen me clear the tunnel, spread lots of compost afresh on the beds and begin planting for the next phase of crops. As I cleared the tunnel and collected masses of seeds and […]

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Easiest Ever Compost Toilet

The post you’ve all been waiting for…the Bealtaine Cottage Compost Toilet. Easy to install and simple to use. No running outside on cold mornings to tramp across wet grass to use the toilet! This is located in the bathroom…not quite a bathroom though as I took out the bath and installed a shower instead!  There’s […]

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Little Pots of Magic…She Stirs…

The decision, once made, gathers energy and slowly, slowly begins to move…like a baby discovering it can crawl! And so it begins…the first small movements of the Forest of Bealtaine, barely perceptible, but felt and experienced. The Forest of Bealtaine is emerging through seed…seeds collected, saved and sown into pots of Bealtaine compost, that will […]

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A New Way of Living

Food production can be a problem for many people who have little or no access to land. There are many who live in conditions where even a balcony is a precious space. I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, […]

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EU Pimping Monoculture Failure!

Mist prevails as the earth slowly heats, releasing some of the water absorbed during the wettest winter on record here in Ireland. The air is still and birdsong echoes through the foggy dew… The first of the seeds are now sown in a big fish box in the tunnel, made from thick, white polystyrene, once […]

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