The Closing Chapter

Summer began to melt into Autumn at Bealtaine Cottage amidst a flurry of bees and butterflies, more than ever witnessed in the permaculture gardens. Harvesting began and the kitchen was a place of jam jars and bottles, all waiting to be filled and labelled. The glut of blackcurrants became wine, jam and chutney, with even more added to the freezer. Open days and workshops seen a steady stream of visitors to the cottage and gardens. Kindling for the winter stoves continued to be collected and stored in the barn. And the Potager beds kept growing! The recipe for Blackcurrant Chutney…

An Ancient Recipe for Blackcurrant Chutney

Finally, finally coming to the bottom of the freezer and the last of last years Blackcurrants…so many of them…over 150lbs! I have eaten Blackcurrants every day since last summer. I have a very simple meal that I make with them…raw food vegan! It’s simply putting a handful of sunflower seeds in the blender with 3 or 4 big handfuls of organic oats. Blend. Add soya or other vegan milk, or dairy if that’s your choice. Blend. Add 1/4 lb of frozen Blackcurrants and some Maple Syrup to taste. Blend. The result is a cross between an ice cream and a…

Easy Permaculture Soft Fruit Growing

Growing food could not be easier than this! Just a small part of last summer’s crop of Blackcurrants here at Bealtaine Cottage!  Simply take a heel cutting from a Blackcurrant, Redcurrant, Jostaberry, Gooseberry and plug it into the soil… The girls enjoying the spent blackcurrants, left over from making Blackcurrant cordial! Nature will do the rest… Watch… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-8SMynuOgM&list=UUHkXJ9wsrdPEpzb-KMgmt-A&index=1&feature=plcp

Permaculture Cottage ~ The Changing Colours of Autumn.

Splitting logs of Ash for use in the stove this winter. This wood is easy to grow and easy to harvest if continuously coppiced. Ash, if coppiced, can grow steadily for 2,000 years and more. Ash can be burned in the green, that is, on the day it is cut. It is the perfect the perfect permaculture fuel! Michelmass daisies and almost ripe pears heralds the middle of Autumn. Both pear trees are heavy with fruit. This winter I will plant more fruit trees, definitely plum and pear among them! As the season progresses and the harvest is gathered in, the…