Echange de graines

February 2nd, 2020

Fleurs- legumes, apportez vos graines, partagez, échangez

Le 1er Mars de 14h30 à 16h

Espace Paul Rouziès, La Bastide L’Evêque, 12200

entrée gratuite- échange uniquement(pas de vente)

Visite de jardin en juillet

June 28th, 2019

Il fait chaud et sec mais ici dans le vallée en peut trouver un joli jardin avec beaucoup de fleurs, et grouillant avec les insectes et papillons.

The box tree caterpillar

July 27th, 2017

I am now feeling more hopeful about planting box in the garden. Last year we treated once and found just a few caterpillars. I think the birds have learnt to eat this caterpillar so I am reluctant to use any product which might have an affect on the birds. 3 years ago we cut to ground level the box growing in the woods and we shredded the lot. It is now growing really well and we have never treated it. If you have a healthy population of tits, I think this will be enough to keep this pest under control.

We will see what happens this year. Maybe we can start to replant, as box really is the best choice for many situations.

Les poules

February 14th, 2016

Les poules dans le potager

Le potager est presque vide pendant l’hiver donc c’est le bon moment pour introduire quelques poules. Elles nettoieront le terrain et aussi nous espérons nous débarrasseront des insectes nuisibles qui hivernent dans le sol. Cette année nous avons eu des problèmes avec la mineuse du poireau et la mineuse de la tomate.

Nous aurions aimé les laisser libres d’aller dans tout le potager avec une clôture pour les empêcher d’aller dans le jardin d’agrément. Nous avons essayé cela mais nous avons perdu deux poules à cause du renard ou plus probablement un chien de chasse perdu et affamé car c’était en plein jour.

Nous avons maintenant un enclos fermé de 5m X 2 m qui se démonte et que nous déplaçons.

Quand nous sommes dans le jardin nous utilisons aussi la clôture.DSC03210


February 14th, 2016

Chickens in the vegetable garden

The vegetable garden is fairly empty during the winter period, so it is an ideal time to introduce a few chickens. They will clear any remaining crops and hopefully gobble up any overwintering pests, hibernating in the soil. For the last few years we have had problems with allium leaf miner (leeks) and a tomato caterpillar, which would seem to overwinter in the soil. I am hoping the chickens will gobble up these pests and reduce the problem for next year.

Ideally I would like the chickens to roam freely in a large space and we did try a small movable house surrounded by metre high roll up fencing. We thought to confine them to the vegetable garden in the area which was free from overwintering crops. This lasted all of 3 days as something jumped the fence, killed one chicken and ran off with another. We originally thought it was a fox, but as the ducks freely roam across the meadow and into the woods we now think it must have been a hungry hunting dog.

Plan B is now in operation. The same moveable house but with a 5 metre run. When we are in the garden we can let them out into a larger area using the roll up fencing. Thanks to the hard work of my husband we now have a sturdy, elegant chicken run. It would be too heavy to move in one piece, so the 4 sides come apart. It should take us about an hour to take it down and move to another position. At times when we are not in the garden, we know that the chickens are safe from any roaming dogs or foxes.DSC03210

Jardin ouvert/ Garden Open

June 14th, 2015

Notre jardin <<organic>> est ouvert dimanche matin de 9h à 13h en juin et juillet.

Jardin agrément et potager – fleurs sauvages et papillons.

Juillet 2014

You can visit our organic garden every Sunday morning during June and July, 9am until 1pm.

There is a restaurant in the village (Souyri 0565299300) or you can picinic at the Martinets (10 minutes walk). In the afternoon we suggest you visit Les Martinets du Lézert.

le Falgayrenq, La Bastide L’Eveque (D269 à côte des Martinets du Lézert)

The bees need your help

February 11th, 2015

We need the bees for pollination. Nearly all fruits and vegetables depend on insects for pollination. No pollination no fruit

No honey bees, no honey

Insects are part of our diverse and wonderful planet

Insects need food, especially early and late in the year when there are less wild flowers. All heathers are wonderful for bees and there are some early flowering ones. Pulmonaria flowers very early and stays in flower a long time. Look at your garden, see if you can plant more perennials and shrubs specifically attractive to insects. Many annuals are loved by insects, sow some hardy ones as soon as the weather is suitable. Marigolds, shirley poppies and cornflowers and then later on when it is warmer Zinnias and Cosmos. If you have some spare ground sow a flower mix.

If you have some spare time make up an insect hotel. This will give your solitary bees somewhere to hibernate, next winter. You can buy them, but much more fun to make your own. Goggle insect hotel for some ideas

Asiatic hornets (Frelon Asiatique) are gradually spreading and they kill and eat bees, destroying whole hives. You can spot the nest during the winter months, less easy when the leaves are on the trees. We had one on the other side of the stream, directly opposite the bee hive. Normally near some kind of water, these nests are very large and round, high up in the tree. You might think it is a bird’s nest, but look closely and you will see it is completely round. There is not a lot you can do with a nest found at this time of year as the hornets have left. A nest found in the spring and summer is likely to be active, and you should notify your Mairie. Different departments have different policies for their destruction.

serre dome

June 7th, 2011

Notre serre que nous venons de construire

Nouveau portail_ New Gate

December 3rd, 2010

Bird Table

May 21st, 2010

This is a new design bird table with two storeys : one for the big birds and one for the small birds