Winter Work in the Permaculture Gardens

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Saturday morning at Bealtaine Cottage and the cold winter has set in…

dsc05049The Goddess Gardens are in the midst of an early winter tidy-up.

dsc05048This is a way of preparing the earth for the Spring to follow, and, it’s not that far away either.

dsc05032_li As we descend towards Midwinter, those involved in caring for the land are all too aware of the time available to prepare for Spring…and that comes in early here in the west of Ireland, with Imbolc on the first day of February!

dsc05046Due to the good Autumn we’ve had, the Winter seems shorter, indeed not all the trees have shed their leaves!

dsc05047Work in the new Lughnasadh Garden continues, as I move many of the perennial flowers from the Potager Beds, near the back of the cottage, over to the new beds prepared for them.

dsc05045I dearly hope to have all the work completed before the Spring, so time outdoors is precious! Mahonia is in full bloom by the bench. This is still in a big pot, but will be planted out if I get the time…another job on the long list!

dsc05044The leaf fall this year has been tremendous and will add considerably to the building fertility here in the Goddess Gardens.

dsc05041From a barren land to abundant growth in twelve years…I continue to pinch myself!

dsc05039As I type, the sun shines in that ethereal way that only descent into Midwinter can do!

dsc05035_liThe smell of beans, toast and vegan bacon emanates from the kitchen…a hearty meal before I step out to work on the land.

dsc05040I will burn Bay Leaves in my incense pot this morning and the cottage will be infused with sweetness.

The Bay leaf is known to contain a substance called Linalool which helps to decrease anxiety in humans and create a calm atmosphere in the home.

dsc05042I make my own blend of home grown organic incense, using blends that either calm, invigorate or cleanse.

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Forest Garden in Winter

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A new camera…thanks to you, who so kindly donated to this little site…and here’s to all the much improved pics to come!

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This is what’s termed a “bridge camera,” that is one between what I had before and a professional camera.

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It is of course a pre-loved model…very loved from the excellent condition and not costing the earth!

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It’s so great to be able to finally capture on film what it is I see in life around Bealtaine Cottage.

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This has given me such a great lift in the depths of Midwinter, that I could sing!

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I hope that as more and more people see these pictures, they will feel inspired to plant trees and maybe even turn lawns into forest gardens!

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The gardens continue to produce food even in the cold, short days of December. Here the Purple Sprouting Broccoli grows amid the freshly added seaweed.

The seaweed was left in the rain to flush out the salt for a few months first.

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These are the colours as you can see, in a garden of trees and shrubs, brightening up the dullest day!

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A forest garden like this only needs work in the form of harvesting, once the planting is complete.

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Though, to be honest, I love to plant and so continue growing from seed and finding room to pursue my passion.

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Much of what I grow from seed I have given away to the hundreds of garden visitors each year.

The colours of the cottage are better illuminated with this camera, as you can see…

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…and all these pics were snapped this morning, on what is a very dull and grey day in terms of the light. 

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Isn’t she lovely?

I am continually followed around the gardens by little Robins, all of whom live here.

There are several breeding pairs in various parts of the smallholding and are all very territorial!

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Looking north this morning…

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The beautiful Elder tree is covered with equally beautiful moss.

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This camera allows for a much wider view of the garden, picking out fine detail too.

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I have often looked at this fern underneath the young Sycamore tree and wished I could show you as I see it…and here it is!

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And the little brass dish that is being enveloped by the tree.

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The eerily empty seed-heads of Lunaria…seeds dispersed, work complete and just the beauty to admire.

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And the plump seed-heads of the May roses continuing to delight!

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