Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage in February

The strength of the sun shining on the stone circle is quite powerful. No need to wear a coat today as I work in the permaculture gardens. Frost that had settled on the roof of the cottage during the night dissipated early as the sun rose and illuminated the trees. At this time of year the change in the seasons can be quite dramatic as the sun warms the interior of the cottage, making the need for  a fire to be set in the stove unnecessary. Near the back of the cottage, Euphorbia begins to make a show. The yellow…

How To Make A Willow Wigwam Plant Support…for Free!

Place a tyre on the ground. This acts as a guide to the size of the wigwam. Insert poles of Willow, Hazel or Ash into the ground around the tyre…it helps if the ground is soft! Tie the poles together at the top, string will do, but I use a few thin ‘whips’ of Willow! Now, you can begin weaving… Starting with a long stem of Willow, begin to weave in and out between the poles. Each strip woven in will begin to strengthen the support. You can experiment with different weaves, but working with 2 lengths at a time,…