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

Varmints!

Varmints!

Just look what Scout did to help today. I didn’t need her help though. I can dig perfectly well on my own. I’ve replanted and resown this bed and covered it with steel grid, so I hope that will put her off better than the netting.

Meanwhile, I have spotted loads of rabbit poo in various areas of the fenced vegetable garden. So now I’ve blocked off the only place I can see that they might be able to get in and I’ve turned on the wildlife camera to see if I can catch them on their nightly rounds.

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On a happier note, it was good to see Cambridge sweeping the board in the Boat Race, so in their honour I planted out some Cambridge Blue lobelia.

Stretch those kidneys!

Stretch those kidneys!

Pinching out tomatoes

Pinching out tomatoes