Garden research

I’ve started to sift through my garden research… articles and clippings, books and photos of various visits from the past ten years.  I’ve come to the conclusion that this vegetable plot will have to look beautiful too if I’m to sustain interest (my own and guests).

Here are a few of my initial thoughts.An archway into the fenced garden would be lovely – fruit trees even better.  I like the idea of growing plants into a globe.  Below – Somewhere for guests to sit is a must, hopefully a bench curving around tee-pees of beans will be possible.

The Gardener’s Labyrinth, written in 1577, is credited with being the first popular gardening book.  I love the illustrations and will definitely be having (slightly) raised beds.  In order to start plotting the layout I have tried to compile a list of vegetables to grow, which is just impossible as the list is endless.  Here is the highly edited essentials list plus a couple of exotic delights suitable to our hotter climate such as OKRA!

Peas, borlotti beans (pink and white), salad leaves (esp spinach), tomatos, aubergines, courgettes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, kiwi, edible flowers, peppers plus herbs.

While thinking about ways to use salvaged materials to build my potting shed/shop I found this amazing reference in Homework: Handbuilt Shelter by Lloyd Kahn.  Dan and I love this book and it never fails to inspire us.  The Provencal version is probably one of the highly collectable (expensive) 2CV vans …we have a 2CV bread van which could be nice for delivering boxes to the Bastide though.

A tiny picture from an ancient edition of Country Living, I like the plants laid out in front of the shop for you to choose.  I would like to have an extensive herb garden in front of my shed – fennel, thyme, rosemary, basil, coriander, chilli, I wonder if nutmeg will grow here?I would also like to have a sculpture on the plot somewhere.


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