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Feuilla is a small village (population about 50) in the Corbières area of Languedoc France in the "Pays du Cathare" or "Land of the Cathar". I chose it as my name as translated it means "Falling leaves" Our coat of Arms is above

I recently returned to gardening after packing up work for the last time. “YES” I moved from UK to Feuilla in 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. However our garden birds can easily be Golden Eagles and our garden pests can be a herd of wild boar or "sanglier" in French who both live in the village.

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.

Locally of course we are part of the larges vineyard in the world - Nothing to do with my choice of place to retire I promise.


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A cottage garden in the Med

Posted on 4 Apr, 2009 5 comments

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Joined in Apr 2009

Country: France

County/State: Languedoc - where the Pyrénées meet the Mediteranean