Old Year’s Night…Celtic Samhain

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Between two worlds, that of Summer and of Winter, rests Samhain.  Samhain, (pronounced “Sow-when”) is the most important time in the Ancient Irish (and Celtic) Calendar. The time of Samhain starts at dusk, when the light and dark are in balance. This was never regarded as a time of death, but a time of incubation […]

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Seed the Future!

In 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! Amazing people like Elena from Greece, who posted seeds to […]

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Free From The Bank…Permaculture Plants, The Growing Investment!

It’s rare to get anything from a bank these days. Investments and savings are accepted, while little is offered to customers! However, my local bank, in Carrick-on-Shannon, provided me with one of the best growing investments I have ever had…and one that continues to grow and spread rampantly…Valerian. To be honest, I stole them! Now […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ A Ramble aound the Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

Working in the gardens today. The evening has arrived. It’s hot and still and sweat appears effortlessly. To chill out I decided to just ramble around the gardens here at Bealtaine, mug of coffee in one hand, camera in the other. These are some of the poppies grown from seed this year…all are different shades […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ The Daily News from Ireland…Bumper Permaculture Harvest!

The first day of Autumn in the Celtic calendar and the harvest continues. Blackcurrants are being picked at Bealtaine, along with masses of herbs, including Oregano, Chives, Dill and Fennel…though the Fennel in the tunnel is seeding and will be dried and stored for baking purposes later on. The Plum trees are bearing up well […]

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Permaculture Sunday…Apples, Sweetcorn and more seedlings

More logs wait to be carted around to the barn and stacked ready for the cold winter days ahead! Valerian grown from seed continues to flower and will do all summer and into the autumn all the time that the seedheads are removed… Something else grown from seed here at Bealtaine…this gorgeous Poppy this morning […]

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Growing Fruit and Vegetables the Permaculture Way

Apples Apples today in the gardens at Bealtaine. No chemicals. Lots of mulching. Sheeps wool mulched around base. Regular feeds of manure tea. Maximum biodiversity planted around the trees. Trees well spread out. Hedges and shrubs to protect from the wind. In other words, intelligent planting, thought-out and planned along  permaculture lines… Planning Permaculture Just […]

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