I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, but here is something which may prove to be an inspiration, a new way of looking at food, both growing it and eating!
I can believe it!
And the fun part? Now you can enjoy seeing some of your vegetables run to seed, like this Mizuna in the Potager Bed!
The ancients believed winter, especially Midwinter, was a time of tremendous spiritual power.
And so the shortest day has passed and we are looking forward, at last, to the ascending sun, from tomorrow.
The greenery on the mantelpiece will stay a few days longer, as the days slowly lengthen.
Work on the potager beds and orchards begins in the next week or so.
Cloud and mist have enveloped Kilronan Mountain today, between snow falls and dark skies…the sun has shone intermittently.
Of the Solstices and Equinoxes, the Winter Solstice was the most important among the Ancients, since it marked the rebirth of the sun after the shortest day.
The worst of the winter is yet to come though…Kale and Parsley stand proud in the Potager beds, not yet diminished by prolonged frost.
The small Yuletide tree, at the end of the veranda, tied to the supports, stands stout against the wind and storms of the past week.
The sky changes dress in spectacular fashion from winter to summer and all in-between!
And jewels of melted sleet decorate the skeletal Fennel.
Yule marks the rebirth of the sun.
It is a potent symbol of death and rebirth – going from the darkness into the light.
Yule starts before the Solstice and continues on until New Year’s Day.
Midwinter Blessings to you all XXX
It’s a perfect day for being in the garden, with just the right amount of sun and shade as the voluminous clouds drift overhead, sun shines full in between and there’s just a promise of rain!
The roses on the veranda are hanging so low that one has to limbo-dance under them to get in and out of the cottage.
My friend, Terri brought lots of cardboard and seaweed from Connemara and I laid the cardboard down in the new orchard yesterday.
The seaweed is being spread on the Potager beds much to the disdain of the slugs…but they will move out, deeper into the gardens, where their voracious appetites will be welcomed!
Cara, who now has Gloria, is delighted to report that the aforementioned hen adores slugs and eats 20-30 daily.
Raspberries are coming into fruit.
Salads are continually harvested from the tunnel…mixed with much herbs and very tasty!
Blackcurrants ripen towards a promise of Cordial, Wine, Jam and Chutney.
Mother Earth knows no austerity!
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