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

Rain at last

Rain at last

We’ve had no rain for absolutely ages - probably since January, so it was wonderful to have a morning of sunshine and showers. I retreated to the greenhouse and potted on Aji, Chocolate and Romano peppers, along with several pods of dahlias. Accompanied by Anthony Horowitz’s The Sentence is Death on audiobook, it was a very pleasant way to spend the morning.

Lettuce, kale and buckshorn plantain coming on happily too.

Lettuce, kale and buckshorn plantain coming on happily too.

Lemon, fig & ginger kefir

Lemon, fig & ginger kefir

Avocado toast - a perfect lunch.

Avocado toast - a perfect lunch.