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Seed the Future!

Propagator at Bealtaine CottageIn my small attempts to stand up to the Ecocidal Monsters of this world, I often feel like David (of Goliath fame), and then I am reminded of the massive opposition to Government and Corporate plans to control our planet and all the life therein!
Polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens in April 2013Amazing people like Elena from Greece, who posted seeds to me  last year…one of many subscribers to Bealtaine Cottage who is doing incredible work in protecting our Seed Sovereignty, without which we have NO future at all! home made polytunnel at Bealtaine CottageElena has written to me to inform us all about what is happening in two days time!
veranda at Bealtaine CottageElena writes:I am writing now to tell you that on January 20th there will be a big demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels about the forthcoming seed laws (maybe you already know this, of course). Activists from all over Europe  are coming to Brussels to be there, and events are being organised around Europe on that day. I will be coordinating the Athens events – a demonstration outside parliament, all urban farms open and giving away seeds/seedlings/information packs, hopefully some media coverage, as well as Greek blogs posting something relevant to seeds on that day (a movie, a small piece of text, etc)…
I thought that maybe you could also write something specifically for seed freedom on that day, as well – although I know that you have written so much already!
have a very happy new year
with blessings from Athens
Jan 12 Bealtaine Cottage 003Our struggle to keep our Seed Sovereignty is ongoing, despite the small successes we have had in various government buildings.
Aug 2011 Permaculture Cottage 008The problem is there is so much wealth tied up with seeds, food and food production, the Corporations are seeking total control!
April Bealtaine Cottage 2011 004Understand that this struggle is an ongoing battle to keep the seed!
Aug 2011 Permaculture Cottage 008I have harvested seed, like this Leek seed, here at Bealtaine Cottage for almost ten years.
Green fennel at Bealtaine CottageI allow all the plants to seed themselves and I harvest seed every year…No government will stop me!
July permaculture 2011 008No law will prevent me posting this seed to all the world.
July 2011 Permaculture Cottage 014This is the year for you to take your future into your own hands and save seed, share seed, gift seed and talk about the seed…it is your future, it is my future.
Without it we are slaves to tyranny! 038
There is a wide selection of seeds available here at Bealtaine Cottage. 030If you would like some Bealtaine seeds for your own garden, then click on the link at the very top of the page.
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Permaculture Seeds and Herbs from Bealtaine Cottage

Bealtaine Cottage Seeds

Seeds continue to be available from the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage.

These have been grown and saved each year from plants that have no contact whatsoever with chemicals and are watered with spring water or Atlantic rain.

If you would like to have seeds saved here at Bealtaine Cottage, for your own garden or allotment, you can choose from any of the following:

Purple Sprouting Broccoli grown at Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

This wonderful vegetable is packed with vitamin C and iron.

I use the leaves in smoothies and eat the tender purple sprouts raw in salads or in stir fries!

Green fennel at Bealtaine Cottage

Green fennel

…with beautiful yellow flowers

Fennel and daisy flower arrangement at Bealtaine Cottage

Beautiful to look at, make tea with, add to salads, cook and bake with!

This beautiful plant looks fantastic as a centrepiece for a sunny herb garden, or among tall perennials and grasses.

The foliage acts as a delicate veil through which the flower heads of herbaceous plants and bulbs can be seen.

Fennel grows erect with a thick root and stout stems.

The leaves grow to 40 cm long and are finely dissected into fronds. The bright golden flowers are in bloom in July and August.

Both seeds and leaves can be eaten. I love to add fennel leaves to a summer salad and also to flavour smoothies!

Aquilegia, Colunbine, at Bealtaine CottageAquilegia

Or know as, Columbine growing among the Blackcurrants in the permaculture gardens.

It is hardy to minus 30°C (-20°F) and self sown seedlings left to grow where they germinate are extremely drought-resistant.

It can be grown in harsh climates and further north, where its blooming period might be more restricted to May and June.



Grows tall and strong and comes back each year, tastes like celery and is wonderful in soups!

Lovage is a perennial herb that has been long cultivated in Europe, the leaves being used as an herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice, especially in southern European cuisine.

It brings fresh taste to soups, beans, fish, tomato sauces, pickles, etc.

Bealtaine Cottage evening primroseEvening Primrose

The sweetly scented flowers of this herb open towards evening, hence the name…

Evening Primrose was once called the “King’s cure-all” by herbalists, as it was considered a panacea for treating most ailments

The whole plant is edible: the leaves can be cooked as greens, and the nutty-flavoured roots can be boiled and eaten like potatoes, parsnips, or salsify.

The flowers make an especially lovely salad garnish.

The seeds are used to produce evening primrose oil.


To order, simply click on the donate button.

For each pack  a suggested donation of only 1 euro and 1 euro postage and packing. 

Leave your name and address together with names of seeds you want.

I will post them to you within 1 day.



Dried herbs from Bealtaine Cottage Sage

Sage is traditionally used in cooking and adds a unique taste to food, however, Sage is also a very important ceremonial herb.

Sage is used to clear negative energy and as a natural incense or smudge.

Sage can be used as a blessing, disinfectant and to purify a space.

Dried oregano from Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens IrelandOregano Used to bring happiness, strength, vitality, and additional energy.

Oregano is best known for its culinary uses.

However, like all herbs, it has magical properties as well.

Greeks crowned newly-wed couples with boughs of oregano to wish them joy in their marriage.

 Oregano has a lot of medicinal use – oregano poultices can be applied to insect bites and aching joints.

This magical herb is used to brew an oregano tea which is said to protect  against negative energy.

Plant oregano in front of your home to ward against negative energy.

Herbs drying at Bealtaine Cottage Catnip

There is a video on the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel that shows MissyCat getting very high on this incredible herb…watch it and order some for your cat.

This dried herb is very potent and your cat will only need a small amount…it’s amazing!

Watch the video…

Green fennel at Bealtaine CottageFennel

Fennel is rich in minerals like copper, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc, magnesium as well as vitamins A, C, E and many of the B complex group

Use the seeds to cook with.

Many people claim that fennel can help calm bloating and indigestion, improve eyesight and milk production in nursing mothers as well as helping to  fight halitosis and mouth inflammations.

It is also widely held that steam from boiling fennel  can be inhaled for relief in respiratory infections like asthma and bronchitis.

All the above listed Dried herbs  come in 1/2 ounce bags.

A suggested donation of 3 euros plus 1euro postage and packing

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