Just published on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life…

The Homefront and Using Your Loaf! BY BEALTAINE COTTAGE JANUARY 30, 2016 …The Women’s Land Army provided much of the labour force required. It was simply amazing just how short a time it took for the UK to become relatively self-sufficient in good, wholesome food! To read more, subscribe to Bealtaine Cottage Good Life at…   https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Your Power, Your Choice!

Solar panels! Many permaculture garden visitors ask me why I have no solar panels? My stock answer is that I cannot afford them…but that hides all the other reasons why solar panel are not high on my wish-list of add-ons to Bealtaine Cottage! I see the issue in much more simple terms…frugality! Over the past ten years of developing Bealtaine Cottage, I have successively scaled back on my use of electricity. From getting rid of many of my original electrical appliances and refusing to replace those that have given up along the way, I have the equivalent of a roof…

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…

Monday Morning in the Permaculture Gardens

Recycling waste cardboard in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…part of the work programme for today as I continue to make new beds that will be planted out in the Spring. It is early morning here in the west of Ireland and the sun is playing hide and seek…a beautiful, warm autumnal morning. The kind of day that makes one feel so good to be alive and out in Nature! The abundance of the harvest continues. Work is ongoing in converting the Lodge to a workshop and shop. The apple harvest is bountiful…nine years of apples and no chemicals, sprays…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Passionate Gardeners and Outdoor Living

Passionate and gardening are two words that seem to fit seemlessly together. There were three visitors to Bealtaine this morning and as walking around became enthused to talk of their own gardens! One had brought a photo album to show me…and it was well worth a look, as there were shots taken from just about every angle of her small garden in Dublin. it reminded me of a garden I once tended in London. It was an old garden, created when the house was first built around 1795, so the porportions were conducive to the size of the house…a Georgian…