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

The sowing continues

The sowing continues

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There’s a ferocious wind blowing outside and my greenhouse has had chunks blown out of it. However, it was still OK to go and sow Trieste white half-long, patty pan and yellow Orelia courgettes, along with some yellow melons.

Tomatoes are all doing fine and look strong and healthy. I used water saved in the tanks so there is some greening of the soil in the pots but I haven’t lost anything to damping off and I’m now using tap water.

I sowed the borlotti beans much too soon so they are triffids and I’m really keen to get them into the soil. However with these winds continuing for the next few days and low overnight temperatures in the middle of next week I’ll try to leave it for another few days.

'Starting an organic vegetable garden' workshop

'Starting an organic vegetable garden' workshop

All-in-one creamy mushroom pasta

All-in-one creamy mushroom pasta