A Permaculture plant is one that is perfectly suited to that space in nature, soil, climate, site, micro-climate, etc.,
A plant that is comfortable in that zone and one that adds to the bio-diversity possibilities on the land space you inhabit.
One that provides food, whether for yourself, animals, insects or the soil…thereby keeping the loop healthy and working.
Covered with tiny droplets of rain, this Cow Parsley looks exquisite, despite the fact that it is hated and despised by so many gardeners, yet home and food and shelter to so many insects.
I have vast tracts of Cow Parsley growing on my land.
It looks stunning when dusted with winter frost!
I noticed that there was a lot of this wild herb growing on the roads around the mountain of Kilronan this week.
It looked spectacular in the mountain light.
This wind spiral catches energy moving through the woodland of the Fairy Dell.
This is a spot that everyone refuses to visit or even walk through after sunset…
Fairies inhabit this little bit of woodland.
A woodland zone is a vital part of the Permaculture Plan…
Last night the Harvest Moon rose over my Permaculture Vegetable Garden.
The sky was clear and the air crisp as the moonlight illuminated my path back across the grass from the compost heap.
I watched them move, sweeping across the mountains from the Atlantic Ocean, bringing fresh, clean water to my garden.
I have lit the stove in the kitchen and filled it with Turf and logs.
As I write this I can smell them drying…time for tea, I’m thinking!
I lit the fire in the bedroom yesterday evening as there was a chill on the night air. This is a deceptive time of year, when the evenings can end up being much colder than during the winter!
It wasn’t long before Jack snook in and laid his head against the bed in a pleading sort of way… “can I just hang around and enjoy the fire too?”
Now, it is hard to resist this friendly mutt, even though he yawns and makes scary, and sometimes funny, noises!
I gave him a bath today, as the sun was shining and the air was warm, for I noticed he was a bit pongy as he warmed himself in front of the fire…
What a difference a bath makes!
What we think, we become. Buddha
Thinking plants and gardens and growing…I suppose I have become a person who is in love with the Earth!
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. ~Buddha
Permaculture wine…because, all the fruit is grown here at Bealtaine Smallholding using permaculture methods and every aspect of the wine making process is carried out in a sustainable way.
Even the demijohns have been sourced as recycled/upcycled.
I’m reading ‘Blackberry Wine,’ by Joanne Harris at present and one of the central characters, ‘Joe,’ is definitely a permie!
It’s a great read!
As for the Blackcurrants, I have taken to planting them along the ditches here and into the hedges…planting a slip at a time!
Trees are very precious to me.
I have lived here for 7 years and planted over 600 to date with plans for more!
Plant as though your life depends on it…because it does!
We could not exist as we do if there were no trees.
A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.
Forests act as giant filters that clean the air we breath.
Trees Shade and Cool
Shade resulting in cooling is what a tree is best known for.
Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer.