Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Produce, or lack of it

I have to say I am somewhat disappointed in my gardening efforts this first year over here, we seem to have a whole host of things that are preventing us from being self sufficient. The one thing I am determined to do is to learn from it and try different things and ways next year.

First of all I got sucked in by the beautiful warm/hot weather we had in early March, around 22/23c some days. I started on the garden far too soon, I shall take more notice of my French neighbours next year and delay starting anything much before late April.

Our peas, broad beans, parsnips, garlic etc are not even Worth mentioning!

Another thing I have come to realise is that the row of big fir trees I am lopping off have sucked all the goodness out of the ground, I desperately need to get some manure on the ground in the Autumn and try and get some goodness into it.

A problem that I am going to have more difficulty with though is the deer, last night they grazed off the tops of nearly all of the strawberry plants and half of next year's growth of the raspberry's.

On the plus side, although I haven't got Mandy's  problem of trying to keep up with the harvest, we are at last starting to take produce from the garden most days. The turnips are doing very well and are being picked every day whilst young and lovely to eat, we have started to eat carrots and should have enough to keep us going throughout the summer and maybe the Autumn. Although the potatoes are now starting to be affected by blight, due to the lousy weather I suspect,  I dug the first of them today and they are looking not to bad.


  1. Do you know Michel Fauquet from xanga? He lives in Amiens and his last blog was about his garden, complete with photos. He mentions that each year they have to use more veils.

  2. That's a real shame Michael and I can't understand why those veg didn't produce at least something. My first year here the soil had no compost in it at all and it was a really dry year but we still managed loads of produce. Did you add fertiliser? I always do as well as compost. When I do my veg patch update (tommorrow maybe) you'll soon see how behind I am with certain veg I moaned about in my germination woes post about a month ago! There's always something that doesn't do too well/fails every year and sometimes this is a good thing or we might be just too overloaded - there's only so much we can eat/pickle/jam/freeze etc.

    What a shame you are not closer because I have too much mange tout!