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

More evidence

More evidence

OK, the camera doesn’t lie. As I suspected there is a rabbit who comes the the vegetable garden quite regularly. The wildlife camera has caught it. However, I haven’t really seen any damage and in the photos it seems more interested in the grass path. The cat worries me more because it’s trampling over my Brussels sprouts and chard.

Fat rabbit on the grass path

Today we did a chunk more weeding and strimming. I also sowed the double red sweetcorn in the greenhouse, along with some more delicious Apollo radish in the potager.

This is my favourite time of the year and the garden is coming on a treat. This might all look wonderfully bucolic, but look a little closer at the last two photos and you’ll see a herd of cows. Now you should know that cows are extremely rare in the Languedoc. We do vines and goats, but not cows. These cows do not live in the field in the opposite hill from our house. They turn up like winning lottery tickets - rarely. So far we’ve seen them three times. They arrive from nowhere, munch their way through a field which, I think, is sowed with wheat, then leave after about half an hour - always from the top left hand corner. Where they go we have no idea. There are no fields there. It is forest. If I hadn’t taken photos I would not believe it.

Today I was listening to Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce. Thoroughly recommended first book from this barrister writer. Frankly, I couldn’t stop listening so I got lots of work done.

Cauliflower steak with Puy lentils & quinoa & lots of luscious garden bits

Cauliflower steak with Puy lentils & quinoa & lots of luscious garden bits

Stretch those kidneys!

Stretch those kidneys!