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

Beans, peas and more beans

Beans, peas and more beans

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This afternoon I planted fourteen Greek gigantes runner beans. Actually you don’t eat the pods, but the beans are enormous white ones that you can use fresh or dry them for the winter. I love these beans so I can’t wait. It’s been very windy today, so not ideal but I’m keen to get them out of the greenhouse. As you can see they have developed really good roots in the rectangular modules. If the wind sees all their leaves off overnight I have about another 26 plants, so enough to replace them if the worst happens. The tool I use to plant them is called a Hori Hori. I use this brilliant Japanese tool all the time, as a hoe, as a knife, as a trowel. It comes in a neat pouch that I can wear on a belt. This one was a Christmas present and came from Niwaki in the UK.

Spare plants. OK, I sowed too many. What’s new.

Spare plants. OK, I sowed too many. What’s new.

Planted.

Planted.

The Jessy dwarf peas I planted the other day are looking great. Here they are with trimmings from the apple trees ready for them to climb up.

Jessy dwarf mange tout peas.

Jessy dwarf mange tout peas.

So now we have Broad beans, Field beans, Borlotti beans, Purple Queen French beans, Greek gigantes beans and Jessy dwarf mange tout peas planted. I suppose I should plant some ordinary peas, but frankly I’m already struggling for space!



Big fat white bean salad

Big fat white bean salad

What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes