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

Take the foot off the gas

Take the foot off the gas

Now that Open Gardens is over for at least another year I can ease off the pressure. It’s time to enjoy all the work we’ve been doing in the garden since the beginning of January. Apart from keeping the grass down, hoeing the kitchen garden and keeping an eye on the pond, there isn’t a huge amount to do. I’m not having to water too much as temperatures are still below average for this time of year. We’re expecting rain tomorrow so there’s no need to make work or waste water. We’ve had so much rain that our 14 x 1000 litre tanks are full. The kitchen garden is mulched and everything seems to be growing just fine.

This morning I disturbed a large Lacerta Viridis on my way through the gate to the kitchen garden, then just minutes later, another one shot out of the strawberry bed where I was harvesting some ripe fruit. It seems that lizards like strawberries. Who doesn’t?

Lacerta viridis

Wildlife is welcome in the garden, but I’m particularly happy to see lots of bees drinking from the pond and collecting pollen from all the bee-friendly flowers we’ve sown & planted.

This week I have been listening to:

and the absolutely sublime

Open Gardens

Open Gardens