The Potager

As soon as we moved to Chez Foti at the end of 2010 my main focus was on getting a veggie patch going (or a Potager as they’re known in France). I had zero experience and if truth be known was the least green fingered person I knew. I couldn’t even keep supermarket potted herbs alive for more than a few days!. But for some reason I was desperately excited about giving veggie growing a go, and it was all part of our scheme to become as self sufficient out here as we possibly could be.

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So in the early Spring of 2011 we converted an empty section of land into a veggie patch and I sowed lots and lots of seeds and nervously waited. I still didn’t believe I could possibly grow anything edible. And you know what everything was, pretty much everything grew and everything prospered and I only had a few minor disappointments (with my peas – too hot, celery – refused to germinate, chilies – not very hot).

The following year, with a year’s experience under my belt, confidence, a good deal more planning and an enlarged plot I’ve managed to keep us in a plentiful supply of veggies throughout the spring, summer, autumn and winter

Chez Foti Pumpkins and Squash

June in the Garden

People regularly ask me what I’m growing at Chez Foti and to be honest I’m pretty much trying everything here!  But here’s the list anyway, in no particular order:

Potatoes and lots of them, old and newies

Tomatoes (at my latest count we’ve got 71 plants!), beef, plum and cherries

Aubergines (one of my biggest successes of last year, so easy and quick to grow here)

Peppers

Courgettes 

Peas (not particularly successful, but I’m growing just a few for the kids to eat raw)

French Beans, Borlotti Beans, Broad Beans

Lettuces (4 types), Rocket

Radishes, Celery, Cucumbers

Spring Onions, Red Onions, Shallots, Leeks, Garlic

Pumpkins, Various Squash, Butternut Squash (38 plants in total!, another huge success of 2011)

Spinach (new for 2012 and so far amazing and so quick and plentiful to grow)

Swiss Chard (another huge success)

Sweetcorn

Brussel Sprouts, Savoy Cabbage, Cauliflowers, Romanesca Caulies

Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Calabrese

Carrots, Swede, Parsnips

Globe Artichokes

Fruit: Strawberries, Melons, Raspberries, Rhubarb

Herbs: Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Tarragon, Oregano, Parsley, Coriander, Chives

And last but not least we’re lucky enough to have quite a few goodies growing wild in the garden:

Wild Stuff: Plums, Cherries, Greengages, Elderberries, Pears, Apples, Blackberries (and LOTS of them!), Ceps, Girolles & Parasol Mushrooms, Bay leaves (we’ve got about 10 full size trees!), Sweet Chestnuts, Rosemary, Sloes, Mint….

August & September in the Garden

For more info on my potager, take a look back at my monthly Garden Updates:

November and December 2012 in the Garden

October 2012 in the Garden

August & September 2012 in the Garden

July 2012 in the Garden

June 2012 in the Garden

May 2012 in the Garden

April 2012 in the Garden

March 2012 in the Garden

February 2012 in the Garden

December & January 2012 in the Garden

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2 responses to “The Potager

  • shacklefordlb

    We have been growing our own for a few years, and it gives us so much pleasure. It can be tricky though, weather conditions are not always perfect. My aubergines failed miserably last year – I’m so envious of you x.

    • Chez Foti

      I have to admit my garden is a bit of an obsession, well it would be if I had more time!. Quite a bit of hot sun certainly seems to help, our peppers and aubergines were amazing last year as were the melons and french beans, Louisa

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