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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Heritage Seeds in a Cottage Garden

The morning is dry and hot. 7am sees me boiling the kettle on the rocket stove, eager for fresh coffee. The water is ready in under 10 minutes, from lighting the stove and inserting a handful of twigs. As I walk back into the cottage a blackbird swoops noisily through the courtyard, followed by it’s […]

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My Herb Garden

Dried herbs from Bealtaine Cottage

I grow lots of herbs in the gardens at Bealtaine Cottage, picking freely wherever I walk along the paths. Herbs grow very easily in the Irish climate, as the fairly constant temperature agrees with the plants. Herbs have a variety of uses that include culinary and medicinal. The crossover line is blurred, as much of […]

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No-Effort Food Production in a Permaculture Tunnel

I’ve been busy this morning working in the tunnel! Following on from the other day when the pipe was broken and a tap was subsequently erected in the tunnel, there’s a lot of tidying-up to do! I decided to put a big bin, to hold water, just underneath the tap. In this way, it’s easy […]

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