2nd One Day Workshop at Bealtaine Cottage

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  • The second one day workshop of the year at Bealtaine Cottage is happening on Saturday the 17th of June.
  • There will be a maximum of four people only accepted for this day.
  • The day will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm.
  • Tea/coffee and home made vegan cake in the morning and afternoon, with a full lunch in the middle of the day.
  • This workshop will cover all aspects of sustainable and regenerative living here at Bealtaine Cottage. We will also look at planting and maintaining a Food Forest. You will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you have about this lifestyle.
  • The cost for the day is 75 Euros, payable when booking.
  • To book your place, use the link below. (Workshops at Bealtaine Cottage are filled quickly, so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment…the May Workshop was fully booked by 4.30pm on the day of posting!)
  • Once payment is received I will confirm with you.
  • PLEASE email first to ensure there is a place available on the day!
  • coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com

11:55am UPDATE…Only two places remaining

12:50pm UPDATE…All Booked! No places remaining.

To book and pay, use this button…

 
 
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Companion Planting in Permaculture

Pumpkin and kaleHere are some of the combinations that have worked really well for me this summer here at Bealtaine Cottage. Pumpkins, Kale and Nasturtium…the bees love the flowers on the Nasturtium, bringing them in towards the Pumpkin flowers.

Celery and RudbeckiaAnother strange but beautiful combination…Celery and Rudbeckia.

Rudbeckia is late flowering and especially useful in a potager bed, making lots of babies that can be potted on and sold at the market next Spring.

Parsley and SedumParsley and Sedum…Sedum is the last meal of the year for the bees and will ensure adequate nutrition for their long hibernation. This is the Sedum, Autumn Spectabalis, which makes lots of babies for potting up!

Tomatoes and FeverfewTomatoes, Feverfew, Borage and flat leaf Parsley…all very happy and thriving together in this potager bed. This is the way I grow all my fruit and vegetables…to the point where no soil is exposed. It works great every year!

KaleYoung Kale with Sedum and Nasturtium. The plants are continually surrounded with shredding. I make shredding from what I cut at Bealtaine Cottage and put it back onto the earth to build up soil. I use an electric garden shredder.

Corn and kaleSweetcorn and Kale in one of the potager beds outdoors.

Lemon Balm and RocketLemon Balm and Rocket…both go great together in a salad as well!

Working in the potagerPotager beds are the focus of companion planting in extremis!

Colette in one of the orchardsThe next harvest in the fruit gardens is the from the Apple trees. Plenty this year!

Potager bedsMeanwhile, the work continues in the potager beds.

bee on courgette flowerOne of the many workers supporting Bealtaine Cottage.

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The Permaculture World According to William Blake

William Blake, born in 1757, was a wise man, a great poet, artist and seer.

According to William Butler Yeats, he was also of Irish stock, originally bearing the name I share with him, ‘O’Neill’.

The story goes that Williams’ father married Catherine Blake and took her name to evade the shame associated with a being in a debtor’s prison.

William adopted the name his father took, despite being the stepson of Catherine, but, I digress…

These two lines from Blake, memorised when a child at school, have helped shape my life and influenced my perception of the world…

“A Robin Redbreast in a Cage

Puts all Heaven in a Rage.”

This, for me, simplified the connection between Nature on this planet and the entire Cosmos/God/Cosmic Energy/Higher Power…whatever one connects with and understands.

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This intuitive understanding of right and wrong, of how to live in harmony with Nature rather than trying to control and dominate this magnificent, regenerative force, has guided me into Permaculture. The more planting one does, the more evident it becomes…the inter-connectedness of all life on this planet.

The world in which Blake lived was markedly different from what it is today.

His empathy with the sentient world was profound and inter-connective, something we could all learn from as a way of trying to live in harmony with the Earth, rather than the continual domination man seeks:

A dog starv’d at his master’s gate

Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misus’d upon the road

Calls to heaven for human blood.

Each outcry of the hunted hare

A fiber from the brain doth tear.

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From the poem “Auguries of Innocence.”

Planting for the bees is the next most important thing to growing food in my book!

Always trying to ensure a steady supply of food for the bees,  Michelmas Daisies spread into bigger clumps each year and bloom all the way through late August, all of September and well into October.

They seem to be happy just about anywhere as I have them growing in all parts of the garden.

The birds are happy to feast on the seed-heads and the bees will feast before that!

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When one thinks about, it is easy to understand the vital connection between both, for without the bees, we have no food!

William Blake understood that more than most, for he was attuned to the Earth, both physically and spiritually.

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Permaculture Flowers and Food for the Bees!

NAMA to Nature – an idea thought up by Andrew Legge and Serena Brabazon – has a Facebook page which records its work with the message:

“Ireland has over 600 ghost estates & 40,000 empty dwellings. Rather than watch government procrastinate let’s help nature take them back.”

This is the kind of direct action for the environment I love…don’t you?

A link to an article about them…do click on and read, it’s fascinating!

Nama to Nature: Why we are planting trees on ghost estates   (via@thejournal_iehttp://jrnl.ie/384378

I thought that was worth sharing with you!

Today I made a short video all about easy flowers for your garden…the easiest, for all you have to do is shake!

Yes, just shake the seed around and wait!

Simplicity is the key to happiness! Make every aspect of life as simple and uncomplicated as possible! De-junk home, life & food cupboards!

Throw those seed around in a display of wanton abandonment!

The Bees will love you for it and Nature will smile upon you!

Here’s the link to today’s video… click and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2eAB_OKop0&list=UUHkXJ9wsrdPEpzb-KMgmt-A&index=1&feature=plcp

And, for your entertainment…Bealtaine Life…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IZFpcjIDH4&list=UUHkXJ9wsrdPEpzb-KMgmt-A&index=2&feature=plcp