The potager shed

The potager shed

Hi.

Welcome to my blog. This is just my personal garden and food diary. I’m a flexitarian, vegetarian at home, but more flexible when with friends. I’m trying to grow our own food so we leave a lighter footprint on this precious planet.

Over the past six years I have been transforming a one acre former vineyard on a steep hill into a garden. There are distinct areas; an 80m2 vegetable garden, a small orchard, a pond and a sunken path flanked by two long mixed borders.

We are in a small hamlet near Faugères in the Occitanie (formerly Languedoc) region of France. Our soil is rocky schist. Summer temperatures can reach 40℃ and in winter sink as low as -10℃. Water comes rarely but is diluvial when it does.

Lizzie

Sweet promise

Sweet promise

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When the first strawberry flower pops out you know spring can’t be so very far away. This bed has special resonance for us. A couple of years ago, on the day before our old Labrador was due to be put to sleep we drove her through the garden to the potager. The strawberry bed was full of fruit and Kit loved strawberries. We carried her out of the car and let her totter around the bed eating the sweetest, ripest strawberries. She was in heaven. It seemed a fitting end to a lifetime of eating for our lovely old girl.

Avocado toast - a perfect lunch.

Avocado toast - a perfect lunch.

Dead simple vegetable curry

Dead simple vegetable curry