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

Productive workshop

Productive workshop

I’ve just spent a very pleasurable morning giving a kitchen garden workshop to Jules, Miles & Joss. We covered everything from setting up a no-dig garden to what to sow and when. It is beautifully warm and sunny at last, although there is a healthy breeze. Once we were through with the workshop we set to harvesting enough for lunch. They dug a couple of short rows of Jersey Royals, salad, radishes, Jessy peas, onions & strawberries. The vegetables were cooked/served within half and hour of picking along with onion & mustard tart that I made yesterday. We had labneh that I made about a month ago, then strawberries and ice cream. Yum.

Miles & Joss picking spuds

Miles & Joss picking spuds

Jules had a go too.

Jules had a go too.

Miles with a couple of onions

Miles with a couple of onions

Not a bad haul.

Not a bad haul.

I hope they’ll soon be producing bumper crops in their own gardens! I look forward to updates.

A bean feast of Moroccan flavours

A bean feast of Moroccan flavours

Agretti, salsola soda, liscari sativa or barba di frate....

Agretti, salsola soda, liscari sativa or barba di frate....