Posted in Country Living, Food, Garden, Growing Food, Herbs, Inspiration, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Vegan

Sustainable Food: Easy Grow Vegetables and Fruit

Some vegetables and fruit are so very easy to grow it seems ridiculous not to do so!

1. Chard. Simple to start from seed. Full of vitamins and minerals. Cut and come again…it just keeps giving!

This Ruby Chard has grown in the tunnel and given successive crops since last summer!

2. Parsley. In this case, curly parsley, but in fact any variety is great to grow, providing endless supplies of vitamin C and Iron for a healthy diet, as well as being simple to grow.

Parsley will grow for 2 years easily before it dies back!

Another great Chard is this beautiful yellow variety, bringing colour and taste to the table!

3. Purple-sprouting Broccoli.

These pics were snapped today in the tunnel, so you can see how far advanced this great vegetable is…ready to harvest in January.

The joy of these vegetables and herbs I have here is that they have all self-seeded, in true permaculture fashion!

Again, one of the benefits of cold-composting, allowing seeds to survive and continue on their merry way!

4. Mizuna. The great little winter salad crop…cut and come again!

These are just some of the crops in the tunnel today.

Bealtaine Cottage Apple tree

Apple, if you have space for a tree, are very easy to grow…what would life be like without the Apple Pie?

Bealtaine Cottage Pumpkins

Pumpkins in a sunny spot will provide you with easy to store and save fruit.

Bealtaine Cottage rhubarb

Rhubarb is another plant that just keeps giving and all one has to do is to manure it well once a year!

Bealtaine Cottage Blackcurrants

I grow masses of Blackcurrants here at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture gardens and they are incredibly easy.

permaculture at Bealtaine  cottage

Part of the Bealtaine Cottage ethos is to harvest and save seed.

All seed at Bealtaine Cottage is open-pollinated, mostly by Bees.

This is offered for sale at a minimal cost…2 Euro per pack which includes P&P to ANYWHERE in the world!

This is a link to the site.

http://bealtainecottage.com/seeds-for-sale/

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Posted in Garden, Gardening, Inspiration, Organic Garden, Personal, Uncategorized, Wild Flowers

A Very Irish Garden!

A Friend Visited Today…
and remarked that this was a “very Irish garden.”
I asked her what she meant?
“It’s definitely not an English garden, or any other type of a garden!”
Hmm…

I thought about this after she had departed and came to some interesting conclusions.

Firstly, there are no formal beds, so that explains the fact it’s not an ‘English garden!’

This garden, like we Irish, is all over the place, with lots of surprises round every path…like here, almost hidden from view, the beautiful Spirea, Bridal Wreath, situated at the top of irregular steps that dare you not to fall!

The fact that wherever one goes in the garden, there are wildflowers as much as there are cultivated ones and are simply not contrived in any way!

And the plants themselves seem to possess a rugged individuality, so beloved in the Irish themselves.

It’s like they fuse back into Nature and determinedly do their own thing!

So, yes Marian, I do agree…this is a very Irish Garden!