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E-mailed Unwins and they are sorry but legislation does not permit them to send seeds to me! However, they will send them to an address in England so my long suffering son will now receive them in Kent…..and then have to post them to me. Hardly worth the financial effort!

But good news my lupins are germinated and looking good, so one out of two ain’t bad!…..but will they survive the clay….

Decided to extend a small bed dug earlier this year, this what I am up against! The fork was bouncing off and the rotivator as well so my husband took a pick axe to it, then the fork, then the rotivator 4 times! About 300 litres of compost and a sack of grit and maybe….just maybe I can plant shrubs this Autumn! Funnily enough things do grow, I am continually amazed as I have never had such awful clay soil anywhere before.

My veg are doing very well with good crops of shallots (nearly run out of pop socks to store them in), leeks, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, beetroot,cabbage and courgettes. On the way, swede and parsnips both like gold dust in my part of France and used as currency with other expats for figs and walnuts (which I don’t have).


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glad all your veg is doing well Troddles despite your bad soil,your hubby did a good job there,i have been wondering how to store my garlic & i know i am on the hunt for some nylons or tights lol...

19 Aug, 2010


Sounds like you've got as much clay as we've got rocks! Four years and we're still digging out boulders and builders' rubble! Another tip for storage of onions is the net bags you can buy potatoes or oranges in. They sometimes have a plastic advertising sheet on the bag, but these are easily removed. Lovely shallots in your photo - I think I shall try growing them next year.

20 Aug, 2010


Limestone brash here, it's such a pain digging, takes me hours to plant even a litre pot! I can even build a small wall after with all the limestone slabs that come up out of the earth!

20 Aug, 2010


It seems we all have our problems! I am now working on a border..unfortunately we planted a few things against the fence so it will be difficult to use the rotivator. I am doggedly trying to penetrate about 1 metre per day, temperature today around!

20 Aug, 2010


Have you thought of taking up pottery Troddles, or brick making lol? You seem to have a good shallot harvest anyway. We've had very little of what you could call summer here so I'm very envious:-)

24 Aug, 2010


Pottery....clay on tap.... yep, a very good idea for additional income Bornagain! Might stop me wingeing about it.

24 Aug, 2010


If you become famous, you'll have me to thank:-)

24 Aug, 2010

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