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Home Grown and Home Made Food

 

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The cost of food has risen and the overall quality has dropped.

Much of the fruit and vegetables being sold in the supermarkets may look good, but the taste is somewhat lacking. Considering these issues, it is fair to say that there could not be a better time to grow your own food, as well as make, cook and bake your own food!

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Today I have been harvesting potatoes and clearing the beds for the next planting or simply for mulching down with cardboard and straw.

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The compost heap is growing by the day as the beds are cleared and tidied.

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Elsewhere in the gardens, the burgeoning beds await their turn to be harvested.

This Golden Oregano will dry nicely and ensure tasty tomato sauces all winter!

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This is a sheltered part of the fruit gardens to leave the potatoes in the ground for a while to come.

Those at the back of the picture will stay where they are.

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You may remember how I mulched this ground last Autumn, using cardboard, straw and shreddings…now you can see the value of this exercise.

The earth is in good condition and any weeds that did grow were very easy to pull.

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This gives you some idea of how permaculture works…a forest garden with lots of shelter, biodiversity and ultimately, resilience!

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Lots of leaf drop feeds the soil, building a much needed fertility.

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Meanwhile, indoors, one of the few electrical items I own is ready to do a lot of sewing.

I also have a hand sewing machine for less labour intensive tasks.

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And in the kitchen I’ve been baking bread and making Houmous Dip.

There really is no comparison to home made and home grown food!

Posted in Abundance, Country Living, Garden, Gardening, Inspiration, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Trees, Uncategorized, Wildlife

The True Gift of Permaculture!

Flo, the littlest hobo, follows me around today as I work in the gardens.

Another waif and stray who has found a home at Bealtaine Cottage.

She is a character for sure!

Today has been busy…baking, weeding and topping up the potatoes, as well as cutting down the comfrey and topping up the compost…yes indeed, I swing from one task to another with nothing between each except the soap and sink where I wash my hands!

This used to be a pathway, one of many that needs a good trimming.

No wonder that the compost heaps are brimming and the soil is so healthy…there is so much  to feed the soil with, it’s almost impossible to keep up!

Healthy abundance, the true gift of permaculture!

Monetary systems produce scarcity, Permaculture produces abundance, freely!

As I trim archways like this willow one, I throw the cuttings around a plant or tree, as a food and mulch.

In this way, the soil is built up and good bacteria is introduced into it as the cuttings decompose.

Permaculture…it is time…instead of weapons of destruction, we need to unleash weapons of creation and abundance.

Willow archways and the beautiful Purple Beech, a stunning and simple combination!

Here are the simple white-washed stones I wrote about a few weeks ago in this blog, down by the entrance gate near the road.

This little garden was put along by the fence and has settled in really well. All the plants are home-grown from either cuttings or seed.

The stones were collected up from the land, so the cost of this was zero!

Our true divinity is in our ability to create.