We have now lived in France for just shy of 2 years and as many of you, have spent much of that time renovating our house. Although a long way from finished, it’s time that I forged ahead with my true passion – the garden.
With no disrespect meant to the French, they devote little energy to their gardens, treating them in the main as just vegetable plots, with the odd hortensia and gaudy marigold or geranium dotted around for colour. They love their apéros, but sit on nothing more than white plastic furniture (or if you’re really lucky – the green version).
But each to their own, and I can not complain, as this distinct lack of garden flair, has given me the perfect challenge – a blank canvass.
I have grand plans for both the front and back gardens. Will these plans be too grand? Knowing me, probably yes, but at least I’ll have a lot of fun trying to do it all!
Where possible I want to use organic products and “lost” techniques and will provide a diary here of everything we do which I hope you’ll find informative and inspire you to bring a little more pazazz to your garden.
This Years Plans
The barn garden
The vegetable garden
As last year, the vegetable plot needs to stay in the walled front garden, to protect it from the wildlife until we have the opportunity to create a patch at the top of our field. Plans this year however are to incorporate companion plants and bee attracting flowers with the vegetables – to create a vegetable garden.
Create a hot border in front of la porcherie.
The water garden – Create borders around our petite source
The “bog” garden – Create borders to disguise the fosse (or in our case our mini waste water treatment plant!)
Plant a wildflower area. It would be lovely to create a wildflower area to either side of La Source, but my concerns lie with tackling the rough grass which is currently there, as this could overpower the flower seedlings and lead to nothing but hard work!
Well those are just some of the plans, and along with the likes of creating compost bins, I know I have my work cut out this year! Still, I can’t wait to enjoy the results in Summer, sat outside with a glass or two of wine. I hope you’ll join me.
Please feel free to leave comments, tips and share your experiences at any time, I look forward to gardening with you.
A bientôt x