2020 has definitely the most bizarre year of my 44 years. It has truly thrown us a curve ball in the shape of the corona virus pandemic and has highlighted many issues throughout the world. One of the issues that I think will become bigger as the year goes on is food availability and cost. So this year I have decided to grow my own.
In my region of France people generally eat French seasonally grown food. This is a fantastic bonus when there is a good chance that we will struggle with a limited and potentially expensive supply of imported goods. However, with reduced earning potential and the possibility of a worldwide recession looming I cant help but think that growing as much food as possible this year is a must. So I officially declare my rather rundown potager officially open.
The veg plot
Has been more than a little neglected over the past few years, we just haven’t had the time with work. That definitely cant be our excuse at the moment. I have had 6 weeks at home and have been trying to reclaim the garden and veg plot, battling with the weeds and endless supply of limestone that my garden very kindly offers up. Our plot of land is on an ancient abbey ….which means that there are limestone walls just below the surface making it impossible to dig parts of the garden.
I have made a start and have reclaimed and sorted 3 beds, prepared one for the many of tomato plants I have accidentally grown …….and have places for 50 plants, and plan to jar many of these for the winter months.
Potatoes and a selection of beans have been planted with lots of weeds in the other bed and runner beans, broad beans, courgette, parsley, spinach and sugar snap peas and more weeds in the last one. I started lettuce, coriander, radishes and spinach in the poly tunnel about 8 weeks ago and have been eating these already, salad and spinach are great things to grow for fast results.
I still have to find space for my many butternut squash and large pumpkin plants which will last through the months …. More digging required I think, next year no dig beds!
I would love to see if you’ve started a pandemic garden and what you are growing this year, if you need me I’ll be at the bottom of the garden weeding
Love Lisa x