Easiest Ever Compost Toilet

The post you’ve all been waiting for…the Bealtaine Cottage Compost Toilet. Easy to install and simple to use. No running outside on cold mornings to tramp across wet grass to use the toilet! This is located in the bathroom…not quite a bathroom though as I took out the bath and installed a shower instead!  There’s still a little bit of tweaking to be done to finish the project off to a high standard, like decorating the wall where the cistern used to be and making a wooden surround with a small door, but as you can see, it is simple…

A Year at Bealtaine Cottage…

Not in any particular order…pictures of the year that was… With the oven hot enough to bake a cake…my beloved Stanley Stove in the kitchen… Early morning mist sweeps up the valley… One of the Plum Trees laden with fruit… The moon rising over the gardens… Salix Contorta, or Twisted Willow, with Hag-Stones hanging from one of its branches. Nasturtiums by the veranda. Back of Bealtaine, near the main production gardens. The lower pond in the Bog Garden. My darling Missy…gone from this mortal coil, but her energy is felt… Firing up the Rocket Stove with a bit of an…

Sowing Seeds and Dividing Plants in the Permaculture Gardens

Uploaded another video this morning, showing some of the productive gardens and what’s happening! ************************************************* You can view the video by clicking on this link… ************************************* Most of the perennials are pushing their way through the soil and this is a really good time to divide and spread. This will be the main stem of my work over the weekend. The frost descended overnight and left everything a little shocked with the cold, but the heat of the morning will rectify that. I’m continuing to post out seeds and wanted to add a few pointers about sowing the seeds. I…

Progress in the Permaculture Fruit and Vegetable Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

There has been so much growth over recent weeks that I can hardly keep up…this is the busiest time of the year for sure. Trees and bushes are merging together and forming dense walls of green. The casting shade is already changing the nature of the earth underneath. As I type, my hands have a healthy green hue to them from mowing the grass and pulling weeds to use as mulch around the fruit trees. Everything that grows is food for the soil, building the depth and fertility, year on year. There is no such thing as an unwanted plant…really,…