Seedlings, Slugs and Political Shenanigans

On this beautiful day in the west of Ireland…Potting on seedlings, dealing with slugs and enjoying a bit of a rant! When something is not right, then it’s just not right! Please consider supporting Bealtaine Cottage

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Garden in February (Part One)

The year in the garden is now well under way, as Mother Earth awakens in a very visible way…not that she ever slept! Coltsfoot is one of the first herbs to come into flower, for it flowers before it leafs and a very welcome sight this is! Bronze fennel, that most vigorous of herbs and also […]

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How To Build Your Own Polytunnel!

The polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage has stood for eleven years, retaining it’s structure extremely well and providing all year round space for growing food. The plastic remains “as tight as a drum,” as any visitor to Bealtaine Cottage gardens will attest to. In this blog I will endeavour to give you simple instructions on how […]

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Permaculture Garden

Tonight’s Podcast from Bealtaine Cottage is all about  building a polytunnel, pruning shrubs, taking cuttings and preparing your tunnel for winter. If you would like to support the work here at Bealtaine, feel free to make a donation or subscribe to BEALTAINE COTTAGE GOOD LIFE website, where new blogs and photographs are uploaded regularly. Here’s […]

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Ascending Towards Midsummer

This is not colour enhanced, but the vivid colours between storms here in the west of Ireland! The buds are still thickening, yet the life is visible in the stems, sky and emerging green…isn’t it simply wonderful to be able to witness the Spring as it progresses, slowly, tentatively through the landscape? This is the […]

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The Best Medicine!

Lists are great things to spend time on. Despite the wet weather, I’ve been busy making a comprehensive list of what to grow …and the reasons why I should. The ability to store food is at the forefront of my thinking. I’ve discovered this year that Beetroot stores very well indeed. Not just that it stores well, but is […]

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Seed the Future!

In my small attempts to stand up to the Ecocidal Monsters of this world, I often feel like David (of Goliath fame), and then I am reminded of the massive opposition to Government and Corporate plans to control our planet and all the life therein! Amazing people like Elena from Greece, who posted seeds to […]

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A Year at Bealtaine…part 3

2013 moved from Spring to summer with ease and Poppies jostled with one another for space in the beds. The potager beds were extended and two more were constructed. Aquilegia and Valerian ignored the seasons and came up together, surrounding the porch with delicate shades of pink and purple. It was a frenzy of colour! […]

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Images on the First Morning of Lughnasa

The first day of Celtic Autumn has arrived. It’s cool. Last night seen the hot water bottle come out of storage and be filled. Rudbeckia has opened its beautiful deep orange petals…a marker of the time of year. This has been grown from seed, this year. I started it off in the tunnel in February, […]

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