his year we went to visit the Potager Garden at Miromesnil. It has a a classic structure – 4 squares of vegetables surrounded by borders of mixed flowers. It was started in 1948 by the Comtesse de Vogue. Her son added fruit trees to the garden and decided to cut the grass on the south side of the park in a chequered design similar to that used in the 18th century.
If you are under glass or have a polytunnel you still have time to plant things up to overwinter. You will get a catch crop by the beginning of November that you can continue harvesting through out the winter. As long as they have some green left they will regenerate when the light turns in the middle of February and will keep you in fresh greens through the hungry gap into May when the new seasons plantings start to work.
Well it’s been a long week at the show and I’ve not been able to do much blogging because we’ve been so busy on the stands adding people on their lemon trees,handing out free feed and selling lots,of kaffir limes and chillies. However one of the things that really interests is what the keynote theme… Read More »
Alex has created a garden about 50 metres long and about 8-10 meters wide along the West side of a factory unit. It has created a great microclimate on 2 terraces and after 5 years it’s already quiet prolific with an effective forest garden / permaculture mix of fruit trees, bushes, eleagnus to fix nitrogen and also to provide fruits, asparagus and some prominent cordons of japanese wineberry
As part of the Woodland Garden project we have been constructing a hedge on the outside to discourage deer by being prickly, pungent (the rosemary) while being as ornamental and edible as possible so that it would form an integral edge into our 5 metre woodland garden ribbon.
Well we’re certainly doing some of that here. Haven’t mowed the lawn yet but we’ve been dividing up perennials and sticking them into the new hedge. And the potatoes are chitting at the moment ready for their role in the pincer movement against weeds – sheet mulch, compost , potatoes – around the new fruit trees.