I returned from Pitnacree last Sunday, and leave for Eigg tomorrow morning. This post will cover my second month with Jacqui in Pitnacree.

In the garden, things were fairly slow what with the cold, then wet, weather. However, we still managed to plant out onions, garlic and shallots, and set up some 'potato tyre stacks'. Conventionally, you might plant potatoes in rows in a bed, which takes up a lot of space and requires a lot of digging to get the tatties out. Tyre stacks are a way of both reducing the footprint of potato growing, and make harvest easy: Plant seed potatoes in a tyre and fill with compost and straw. As the shoots grow up, place another tyre on top and again fill with compost and straw - this causes more potatoes to grow at the level of the second tyre. This may be repeated up to four or five tyres high. Harvesting is as simple as removing each tyre and shaking out the potatoes. That's the theory anyway...

Read more: Herbalist's Garden - Part 2

Read more: Herbalist's Garden - Part 2

Just under a month ago, I left Edinburgh and got back on the road to doing some more permaculture-related volunteering. Pitnacree is just off the A9 towards Aberfeldy, and I'm staying with Jacqui and family at the Herbalist's Garden.

Read more: Herbalist's Garden at Pitnacree

Read more: Herbalist's Garden at Pitnacree

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