Posted by: kathandroger | May 12, 2013

Planting up

We are right in the middle of the ‘Ice Saints’, or ‘Saints de Glace’ in French. The 11, 12,13 May are renowned for the possibility of frost, so there is always a sharp intake of breath here when someone confesses to having planted their tomatoes before these dates. We were caught out a couple of years ago, so have learned that lesson!

As it happens it would appear that we will be avoiding frost, but we’ve held back the toms, courgettes, squash and chillis in the greenhouse until next week. But we have got on with the rest…









The broad beans (planted in November) will be ready in a couple of weeks, the peas are in flower and the garlic (also planted in Nov) is looking the best we’ve grown. The french beans are up, as are the runners, the carrots, parsnips, beetroot, spinach, chard,  sweet corn and leeks are all sewn and the new potatoes are looking good and strong. It also looks like a bumper fruit year. The cherry trees are laden and even the apricot we thought had been caught by the frost has lots of fruit. Better get the jam jars out!

As well as gardening we’ve been creating a parking area for our gites. We’ve rented a piece of land over the road and done a clearing job…









…the rest of our time we spend cutting grass, or so it seems! We have had perfect grass growing conditions, so are mowing a couple of times a week. Roll on the summer drought!


  1. Oh boy! Magnificent work you two. Our garden’s still a mess….remedial work required. Hope to see you both at the end of the month.

  2. Don’t panic! (sure you’re not!). Last year at this time we hadn’t even thought about the garden and everything caught up regardless. Still too cold for things to really grow properly. A bientot x

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