An update on the new orchard at Bealtaine Cottage…the mulch is holding well and the little fruit trees are all bearing leaves and a little blossom too!
The ground beneath the mulching is layered with seaweed.
A new path has been created using shreddings from the garden waste and stones dug out from the ground.
A membrane for the path has been cut from builders material, that was on it’s way to a landfill, before I hi-jacked it!
Blackcurrant bushes are ready to be planted underneath the trees and flowers beneath those.
If this is put into place, then all will be abundant and fruitful!
Meanwhile other work is under-way…re-planting the Potager beds and spreading compost.
Perennial poppies are about to open…these are red and white flowers and quite unusual.
And all this despite the early summer thunderstorms and incessant rain!
Geranium , Bamboo and Willow holds back the Ground Elder…there seems little point in trying to get rid of it as planting equally insistent plants appears to hold it in check!
The evening sun illuminates the gardens and all is still…the prelude to further thunder storms apparently!
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
The evening is grey and still.
Rain has been spluttering out of the heavens all day.
I’ve just been for a short walk outside and made a 5 minute video that is, at present, loading.
This process takes about an hour and sometimes cuts out at the last minute, meaning it has to start once more from the beginning, so it can be frustrating!
However, the feedback I get from viewers encourages me to keep it all going…that and a sense of getting a real message out about permaculture.
What the Banks and EU Agricultural Policy Failed to do, Permaculture manages…this is how I see it all at present.
All around me, here in Ireland and beyond, people are realizing just how much they have lost, been short-changed on what life is really all about…
The endless drive for material wealth and property has been such over the past decades that many have lost sight of the real meaning of existence on this beautiful planet.
Integrity and goodness have been demeaned and mocked, as the elite, in their eternal scavenging for wealth, have poured foul scorn upon the planet and it’s inhabitants.
Well, here’s the news…permaculture does not require you to have money, spend money or accumulate wealth.
Permaculture is about using what is to hand and recycling and being creative.
By practising permaculture I pour foul scorn upon the destroyers of Nature, creating a portal, here at Bealtaine Cottage, through which her abundant and infinite energies flow.
People are waking up to the fact that their governments have sold them out to the banks and corporations and it is time to turn towards a kinder way of living on this sacred planet. I heartily recommend adopting the permaculture ethics…
Enjoy today’s video diary from Bealtaine Cottage…
These are the flowers of the Oregano plant and are excellent for use as tea, once dried and stored. Oregano tea is good for sore throats and for warding off colds.
English lavender yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes and cosmetics. I use the oil in many ways, including making my own cleaning sprays and dropping some oil onto the stove to freshen the air.
Essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used in hospitals during World War I to disinfect floors and walls. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products.
According to folk wisdom, lavender has many uses. Infusions of lavender soothe and heal insect bites and burns. Bunches of lavender repel insects. If applied to the temples, lavender oil soothes headaches. In pillows, lavender seeds and flowers aid sleep and relaxation. An infusion of three flowerheads added to a cup of boiling water soothes and relaxes at bedtime. Lavender oil (or extract of Lavender) heals acne when used diluted 1:10 with water, rosewater, or witch hazel; it also treats skin burns and inflammatory conditions.
Lavender can have influence on sleep quality and I often use it to aid sleep, by either sprinkling a few drops of oil on my pillow, or slipping some flower or seed heads inside the actual pillowcase. It can help in alleviating anxiety and related sleep disturbances.
Looking through the front window of the cottage, out onto the rainy day and the wet trees…always beautiful. Seven years ago there were no trees here, just rough grass and rushes. Nature is abundant and generous when encouraged gently.