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

Upcycling

Upcycling

A couple of years ago I bought a pair of low boots to wear in the garden when it is wet underfoot. I was seduced by the cute yellow dog pattern on navy rubber boots. Within moments of getting them home I regretted my purchase when the liners came out as I withdrew my feet. After not very long the liners would bunch up making the boots impossible to wear. I tried glueing them back, but that didn’t work either.

It’s raining again and my first job of the morning, after feeding the dogs, is to pull on some boots and toddle down in my pjs and a waterproof coat to feed the hens. It’s not a pretty sight but needs must….. I do have wellies, but they are a pain to pull off, so I really need boots. I had a look at some in Bricomarché the other day. They had my size but I noticed that the interiors of each boot were different. Uh-oh, the dreaded missing liner. So they weren’t going to work.

Then this morning I had a brainwave. Ali had bought some wellies cheap in a sale last year. It became obvious why they were cheap when neither of us could pull them off, so tight were they round the calf. Ah-ha!! Why not cut the tops off and make a pair of boots I thought. No sooner said than done of course as I am nothing if not impatient.

Using a wooden bangle mandrel (I’m a silversmith when not gardening), a Stanley knife and a felt tipped pen I set to work. Within five minutes I had the perfect set of boots and here they are:

I’ll think of something to do with the uppers. Any ideas?

Come for a wet October walk around the garden

Come for a wet October walk around the garden

Brunch in the potager

Brunch in the potager