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Monday Morning in the Permaculture Gardens

Recycling in the permaculture gardensRecycling waste cardboard in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…part of the work programme for today as I continue to make new beds that will be planted out in the Spring.

cardboard in the permaculture gardenIt is early morning here in the west of Ireland and the sun is playing hide and seek…a beautiful, warm autumnal morning.

cotoneaster berriesThe kind of day that makes one feel so good to be alive and out in Nature!

pumpkins in the potagersThe abundance of the harvest continues.

permaculture gardensWork is ongoing in converting the Lodge to a workshop and shop.

apple harvest in permacultureThe apple harvest is bountiful…nine years of apples and no chemicals, sprays or other tampering with Nature!

Black tomatoes from New YorkTomatoes are falling out of Potager beds…these are the seeds that Tara Angell sent me from New York…Black Tomatoes.

Potage beds in permacultureThis is the potager bed I made with students in a workshop this summer. There is no soil in it, just home made compost and shredding mulch.

permaculture raised bedsIn fact, all the seeds sent to me this year and last are growing magnificently here in the west of Ireland, in these north facing gardens of poor, thin soil!

cotoneaster berries for the birds in permaculture orchardAs I walked through the gardens I noticed the abundance of berries for the birds this winter…a sign of cold days ahead!

This huge shrub almost dominates the apple trees in the orchard…keeping the wild birds fed and happy!

apples in permacultureWhat is a garden without birdsong?

permaculture gardens of Bealtaine in early SeptemberHave a good week ahead everyone!

kaleEnjoy the rest of the photographs taken this morning here in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…

apples and sunflowers****************************

polytunnel and herb garden******************************

chives on the path in the fruit gardens*******************************

rosehips****************************

little side garden of peace***********************************

chimes and angels

Posted in Garden, Growing Food, Inspiration, Life, Permaculture, Spring

Permaculture Planting at Bealtaine Cottage

Midwinter mist at Bealtaine CottageCardboard and seaweed.

Copious amounts of both were brought to the cottage last Sunday by two followers of this Permaculture blog, Terri and Lol, now good friends!

Living by the Atlantic Ocean in Connemara, access to seaweed was available and, as Terri has a health shop, cardboard was plentiful.

Bealtaine Cottage willowMaking the journey  all the way from Connemara, with their friend, John, the boot of the car was opened and this incredible valuable material was hauled out.

Atlantic shore seaweed, bags of it, along with flattened cardboard, was to be used in the making of a new garden.

As with all permaculture gardening, it would be simple and easy.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture plantingI started this process yesterday and made a short film about my progress this morning…see the link at the bottom of the page.

Preparation of the permaculture is easy and takes a relatively short amount of time.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Permaculture is the easiest and most environmentally-friendly way to garden, grow or farm.

Bealtaine Cottage willow archPermaculture considers every single aspect of the world around us, from the home, extending into the garden and beyond.

You will see how this is applied in some small way in the video.

Enjoy!

Posted in Ecology, Food, Garden, Gardening, Growing Food, Inspiration, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Sligo, Smallholding, Uncategorized

Saturday Morning in the Permaculture Garden

These are the pears in one of the orchards this morning, continuing to develop. Good rainfall has helped enormously and the days are healthily damp!

The No-Dig Method of Growing.
It is possible for one woman as myself to look after 3 acres of poor land and make it productive, using the No-Dig method which is in itself an integral part of Permaculture.

Mulching…the Magic!
Making compost…the most important work you can undertake in the garden, for whatever you don’t want growing will be turned into this rich food for all you want to encourage. Start a compost heap today, don’t wait! I practise the cold-composting method, which is the easiest one to do…just heap it up!

Easy Potatoes…
These were planted onto a thin layer of cardboard that was placed directly onto grass. However, you could dispense with the cardboard, as I have done in the past and it works perfectly well! Used straw from the hen run is spread on the top.
As the potatoes push up compost is added on a weekly basis…I have 4 huge compost heaps, so no shortage of good organic food!

Animals and Bedding
I keep 4 hens. Their bedding is barley straw. This is changed often and regularly, giving the garden a continual supply of nitrogen impregnated mulch and fertilizer. I also spread generous amounts of barley straw around their outdoor runs as they love to scratch and I continue to collect the used straw. It’s a good method and works very well for me!

Mulch to Grow, Mulch not to Grow!
Srtaw is placed on the top of cardboard as a way of excluding growth and preparing the ground for the following year. This can also be planted into and is super for trailing plants such as pumpkins!

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National Compost Awareness Week at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Smallholding, Ireland

This is National Compost Awareness Week and I’m planting potatoes today, so, decided to break into one of the four compost heaps I started last year.

Here it is…

This compost is still quite bulky, but is perfect for potato planting and covering. It’s packed with goodness!

The method I use for composting is a simple one called Cold Composting…that means just stacking it and topping it up, no turning and eventually thatching it.

This protects it from the worst of the elements!

This is planting potatoes the permaculture way…

First I lay cardboard on the ground.

Spread compost on the top, followed by the spuds, then more compost!

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