February in the Goddess Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland.

Work has continued unabated all this week. I managed to get a load of cardboard to begin mulching the problem bed over by the Lughnasadh Garden. Here I have laid the aboard and mulched with chipping from the garden shredder and laid another layer of cardboard. The progress is fairly rapid, with the exception that […]

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Signs of Spring

Life is stirring. Light shines higher in the morning sky. Thickening buds cast a haze over the land. “But there were certain early days in Casterbridge- days of firmamental exhaustion which followed angry south-westerly tempests-when, if the sun shone, the air was like velvet.” ― Thomas Hardy Colours emerge and birds sing out a joyous, […]

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Country Cottage Journal…Beginning the Year in the Garden

Now is the time to sort out seeds and get sowing underway. January passes very quickly…we’re already halfway through! First of all, ensure all trays and pots used for sowing are scrupulously clean. No need to use chemicals for this, as soapy water, clean rinsing water and air-drying will ensure a perfect result. I have […]

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Follow Your Bliss and the Universe Will Open Doors

Making a decision is always the most difficult part of moving forward. In deciding, one simply puts it out there, for the Universe to pick up. That is what I have done here at Bealtaine Cottage…the next move comes from that energy. The sale may, or may not happen…but the planting of trees will move […]

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Monet in Gaia’s Garden

Coppiced wood makes one neat pile to be used in the wood stove next winter. The small logs burn very well in the wood stove and give tremendous heat! The building of the next pile is under-way. Much of today has been spent cutting back the growth on the stream that carries the water into […]

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A Day in Early Spring

Juicing is a great way to ensure one has the maximum of vitamins and minerals and this is something I do every day. It’s also a reason to keep greens growing all the year around, as even small bits can be added to the juicer and vital vitamins extracted. I’ve used some small bits of […]

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A New Era at Bealtaine Cottage

Smoke rises into a clear blue January sky. The birds are singing like it’s Spring and black ice covers the road by the gate. My friend Michael is here this morning to finally remove the toilet and install my compost loo. The septic tank is, from today, a grey water tank! I have been using […]

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The Wood in the Willows

This is when the coppicing begins…early winter as soon as the leaves have fallen. This Willow will make excellent logs for the stove, once properly seasoned. The thinner bits will be added to the kindling pile and left to dry. Coppicing allows for continual regeneration of woodland and is an excellent way to help young […]

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Tar Sands Destruction

Canada is a beautiful country, with stunning scenery and some of the most spectacular trees I have ever had the pleasure to see. I visited Canada last September…here I am in Ontario, not far from North Bay. Canada is, at present, extracting oil from Tar Sands, oil that will be piped into the US via […]

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