Permaculture in Ireland

The Cottage in the Woods

Winter edges away slowly, with lighter mornings and longer days. The Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage have emerged this year into the Permaculture Woods. However, I’ve got to admit that I’ve been flagging recently! A combination of the time of year, family commitments and basically just trying too hard to do too much! The saying […]

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Permaculture in Perpetuity

Permaculture Gardens grow all the year around.   The integration of water as a harvest system brings both light and warmth to the land.  Intensive planting creates so many micro-climate zones that encourage and nurture plants even in the severest of  weather. This was never more apparent than on my garden walk yesterday…a fine day, […]

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The Great Creatrix

The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine emerged from rushy fields and […]

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Subversion Without Violence

Bill Mollison once said, “I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.”  Applying design to growing makes for good permaculture. As Ireland endures a wetter and wetter climate, constructing vegetable beds on the top […]

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Ireland under Permaculture could feed Europe!

It is difficult to comprehend, without seeing this photograph, that what is now a lush, abundant paradise, was once a barren monoculture, devoid of wildlife, birdsong and no biodiversity to speak of… This was Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Smallholding on day one of the transformation, only made possible by applying permaculture principles and design. What you […]

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A Healing Environment…

Flowering Currant, or Ribes as it is called, is in full blossom all over Bealtaine smallholding and it is already calling the bees out from hibernation with it’s heavy scent and glorious flower droplets! This incredible shrub is the ultimate in permaculture planting, because wherever one chooses to plant a cutting or two, it will […]

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