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

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

We opened our garden on the mornings of 10 & 11 May, then all day on Sunday 12 May. The wind blew an absolute hooley but 150 intrepid visitors braved the breeze to enjoy non-stop sunshine. I showed the vast majority around the garden while Ali & Trish kept up a constant supply of coffee, tea and cake. The kitchen garden drew the greatest interest with lots of people learning about no-dig gardening.

Although I don’t have any photos of people who visited our garden as we were much too busy to take any, I do have shots of many of the other gardens we were able to visit over the weekend. I really can’t thank them enough. There were 18 gardens open to anyone who cared to come, but primarily members of our Facebook Group - The Herault Gardener. Whether large or small, each garden displayed the real pleasure they give their owner. There was something to learn from each of them.

Take the foot off the gas

Take the foot off the gas

Very busy time...

Very busy time...