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

Pesky birds

Pesky birds

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Much as I welcome seeing birds having a lovely time in the potager, I could do without them decimating my plants. Today I discovered that either birds or rabbits have eaten the tops off radishes, Brussels sprouts, buckshorn plantain and lettuces. Little blighters.

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I’ve put netting over as much of the tender plants as I can for the moment. I’m waiting for new netting to arrive this week. I’ve also put new batteries in the wildlife camera and set it to see if I can spot the little varmints.

Meanwhile the rhubarb is pushing through. Can’t wait for the first rhubarb tart.

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The weather has been cool in the wind but with bright sunshine, so not at all bad to work in. The goldfish and gambusia have all survived the winter and are now spending their days hanging around sunbathing.

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Avocado 'pesto' & fresh pasta

Avocado 'pesto' & fresh pasta

'Starting an organic vegetable garden' workshop

'Starting an organic vegetable garden' workshop