Food in the Midwinter Garden

It’s surprising just how much food is growing in the gardens of Bealtaine at this time of year, the time of scarcity…but far from it! There’s the makings of a decent salad, with Fennel, Japanese salads like Mizuna and others as well as a lovely edible garnish in the form of Pansy flowers. In other […]

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Easter in a Permaculture Garden…700th Post!

This is what happens in Permaculture…surplus is fed back into the system or shared out! In this case there was a small surplus of blue paint…the outcome is what you see here! I woke to a magnificent sunrise this morning…Kilronan Mountain is shrouded in mist, so doesn’t appear to exist at all! Bees are buzzing […]

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Permaculture Gardens

The growing season has begun, with Rhubarb sending forth strong pink stems despite the storms of recent weeks. Meanwhile, down in the Fairy Wood, ferns have kept their green in the shelter of the dell. Mosses grow bright in the sunlight and ivy twists and twirls around the Goat Willow. Lots of Goat Willow has […]

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Coppicing Trees for Future Forests

The day is warm and still. There’s a hint of early autumn in the air. I have been working in the gardens, coppicing trees. This morning I coppiced this lovely Birch tree. The trunk remains growing about a metre or so from the earth and will rapidly produce several new stems, that will thicken up […]

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Framed, Raw and Rather Juicy!

I was given this beautiful old frame by a guy in a second-hand market in the local town. It is one of the most beautiful picture frames I have ever come across. Look closely at it, for it is a colourful mosaic of sea washed glass and shells. For several years now it has waited […]

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An Irish Ark

Lunaria and Fennel in the tunnel today. The Latin name Lunaria means “moon-like” and refers to the decorative seed-pods. It’s warm and dry and great for working outdoors. The clothes line is heavy with clothes moving gently in the breeze…a perfect Spring day! I do not own an electric dryer, or a washing machine. Washing […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ The Daily News from Ireland…Bumper Permaculture Harvest!

The first day of Autumn in the Celtic calendar and the harvest continues. Blackcurrants are being picked at Bealtaine, along with masses of herbs, including Oregano, Chives, Dill and Fennel…though the Fennel in the tunnel is seeding and will be dried and stored for baking purposes later on. The Plum trees are bearing up well […]

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Growing Fruit and Vegetables the Permaculture Way

Apples Apples today in the gardens at Bealtaine. No chemicals. Lots of mulching. Sheeps wool mulched around base. Regular feeds of manure tea. Maximum biodiversity planted around the trees. Trees well spread out. Hedges and shrubs to protect from the wind. In other words, intelligent planting, thought-out and planned alongĀ  permaculture lines… Planning Permaculture Just […]

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