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

Night-time shenanigans

Night-time shenanigans

I was shocked to find that lots of my lettuces and other young plants had suffered a night time attack by a creature unknown. I wondered about rabbits, but I’ve only ever seen two in the garden, and never in the potager. I suspected small birds like tits but I really wasn’t sure, especially as I’ve now netted a good proportion of the younger plants.

Imagine my surprise when I looked at the photos taken by the wildlife camera. A woodcock! Sitting within a couple of feet from the camera was a plump, squat woodcock. Apparently they just look for worms, insects and small critters like that, so I don’t think they are responsible for the damage. I’m going to leave the camera running to see if I can spot who is pinching the salads. Little blighter.

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Stir-fried peppers, mushrooms & tofu

Stir-fried peppers, mushrooms & tofu

Avocado 'pesto' & fresh pasta

Avocado 'pesto' & fresh pasta