Food in the Midwinter Garden

It’s surprising just how much food is growing in the gardens of Bealtaine at this time of year, the time of scarcity…but far from it! There’s the makings of a decent salad, with Fennel, Japanese salads like Mizuna and others as well as a lovely edible garnish in the form of Pansy flowers. In other […]

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The Videos are Back!

Happy to announce that the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel has not died and gone to Heaven…for Heaven is a place on Earth! The first video of 2016…enjoy…and don’t forget to leave a comment, like, or even SHARE!  

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Subversion Without Violence

Bill Mollison once said, “I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.”  Applying design to growing makes for good permaculture. As Ireland endures a wetter and wetter climate, constructing vegetable beds on the top […]

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Permaculture Gardens

The growing season has begun, with Rhubarb sending forth strong pink stems despite the storms of recent weeks. Meanwhile, down in the Fairy Wood, ferns have kept their green in the shelter of the dell. Mosses grow bright in the sunlight and ivy twists and twirls around the Goat Willow. Lots of Goat Willow has […]

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Glimpses of Days to Come

Stormy weather has given way to a sunny evening. The Red maple has caught the glow, offering glimpses of days to come, for summer seems close at hand. The spring has lingered and time seems out of step with expectation. One day it’s flooding and the next there’s a hurricane blowing! I heard someone say […]

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Harvesting Rhubarb and Growing Peach Trees

Harvesting Rhubarb for the second time this year. The first crop was back in the middle of Spring. When that crop was picked, I manured the beds and allowed it to go on to develop a second flush. Once washed and chopped I lightly stew the rhubarb, then cool it and pack it into bags […]

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How a Disaster was turned into a Triumph!

Disaster! Today was going to be about planting potatoes… It started off with digging the chosen patch in preparation for the sowing of the seed potatoes. Towards the end of the dig, the spade hit something rather tough… It turned out to be the water pipe which leads from the spring well on the hill […]

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