February in the Goddess Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland.

Work has continued unabated all this week. I managed to get a load of cardboard to begin mulching the problem bed over by the Lughnasadh Garden. Here I have laid the aboard and mulched with chipping from the garden shredder and laid another layer of cardboard. The progress is fairly rapid, with the exception that […]

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Natural Gardening and No-Dig Growing

Ireland is the richest source of Celtic  myths and legends. Down through the Ages, Ireland remained remote and cut off from mainland Europe, holding onto its rich folklore and spirituality. It’s peoples worshipped all aspects of the natural world in which they recognised the Divine, in much the same way as I do here at […]

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Keeping Hens, in the Town or Country

 The hens have settled into their new home and are all laying. Happy clucks and soft singing emanates out from the hen house. The secure enclosure promises to keep the Fox family away…for I have lost too many of my lovely hens to Mr and Mrs Fox. Inside, the house is spacious and comfortable, with […]

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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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Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens

The gardens in snow. Yesterday was a day for visitors who spent two and a half hours walking around all the different gardens. The photo above was taken in the winter of 2010…cold but very beautiful. Permaculture is about planting and planting without chemicals, but using Nature’s way of mulch, mulch, mulch. It works incredibly […]

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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, […]

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Ireland under Permaculture could feed Europe!

It is difficult to comprehend, without seeing this photograph, that what is now a lush, abundant paradise, was once a barren monoculture, devoid of wildlife, birdsong and no biodiversity to speak of… This was Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Smallholding on day one of the transformation, only made possible by applying permaculture principles and design. What you […]

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Saint Patrick’s Day Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage

Saint Patrick’s Day! The middle of March in the West of Ireland…and there is much to celebrate! For we have enjoyed a mild winter and fast warming Spring. According to  the old Irish annals, Patrick died in AD 461 on March 17. And so, it is today that we celebrate the greatest non-Irish person as […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ A Message…

“I have a message from the bottom of my heart…”   “…all manifestations of life…”      Watch and listen…. http://youtu.be/KdGep07vBtY My Sunday has been spent inside the cottage, with the exception of walking Jack…it’s stormy and the worst is yet to come… This is one stormy old day. All photos of today are taken inside Bealtaine Cottage […]

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