Permaculture Guilds

As I've mentioned recently, I've spent the winter months reading about native plants and permaculture.  Permaculture isn't a new concept to me, but it's one I hadn't spent a great deal of time thinking about until I discovered Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog (now website and vlog) in the winter of 2016.  Looking at her... Continue Reading →

Year-End Assessment

We're on day 5 of a brutal cold snap that reaches across the northern U.S.; it's expected to last for another week or more.  It's -13º F right now at 12:30 am.  With wind chill, the last few days have felt like -30º F.  It's a cold that has to be experienced to appreciate; a... Continue Reading →

The Awakening

  Not the spring awakening, which is slowly happening up here in the north, but my awakening to a new way of gardening...Ever since I started reading Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog, it's as though a curtain has been lifted from my eyes.  I'm not sure what combination of things coalesced to activate this awakening --... Continue Reading →

Permaculture Defined

Permaculture - the term combines the words permanent, agriculture and culture. I've only recently begun reading on this topic, but based on what we have created at Sleepy Dog Farm over the past 5 years, it would seem I share many of the same concerns with the folks who have deliberately followed permaculture principles. Permaculture is... Continue Reading →

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

I want to share a blog Nora discovered and shared with me a few weeks ago called "Bealtaine Cottage."  The author of the blog is Colette O'Neill, and she and her delightful property and cottage are located in Ireland. One of the first things that struck me when I started to peruse her blog was her comfortable,... Continue Reading →

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