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A cottage garden in the Med


By feuilla


I recently returned to gardening after packing up work for the last time. “YES” I moved from UK to the far south of France, where the sun shines and frost is mostly something mentioned on someone else’s weather forecast, Rainy days can be months apart, but we do not suffer hose pipe bans.

My garden soil is very heavy clay baked to consistency of concrete, so digging was out of the question, instead I was able to build up a new deep layer of newly mixed soil made from compost, manure and the local council were cutting braches from trees and shredding them by the lorry load. I mixed all this together and now, after a couple of years I have a deep, very rich, fertile soil.

All that the garden contained when I moved in was a few old and neglected rose trees. Plants bought in nurseries are very expensive compared with British prices and as the locals only grow what they can eat exchanging a bit of this plant for a bit of that is only good for vegetables. Seeds are the main way I have to stock my garden followed swiftly by taking cuttings and division.

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Hi and welcome to GOY, hope you enjoy being with all of us.

4 Apr, 2009


Hi, Paul and welcome from me too. If you go to 'Garden Plants' at the bottom of the page you will find our seed exchange.

4 Apr, 2009


Yes, welcome to GoY. Your garden sounds very exciting, and what a perfect time of year to start developing it. I hope you will post pictures as it progesses and share it with us.

5 Apr, 2009


Hello, Welcome to GOY. I am looking forward to following your process in your garden. It sounds like you have a lot planning and work ahead.

7 Apr, 2009


Building up a new layer of good soil ~ interesting, time-consuming, but very rewarding when you start to see plants growing well.

Good luck, Paul, with your new garden, and I hope you are enjoying GoY. :o)

18 Apr, 2009

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