Today heralds a new start in the garden. It was a beautiful day and, apart from general maintenance, the first day we have actually done any constructive work towards this year’s produce. This is a photo of the main veggie patch this morning:
Vegetable patch in a French garden with greenhouse
The plastic sheeting is left over from last year and needed to be lifted so that we can reuse it this year. The greenhouse is fine after its wonderful overhaul last year. However it needs a clear out (Sunday’s job).

This year I want to add an extra bed in here. We have too many paths and where there are paths summer weeds are abundant. I don’t mind using glysophate before I’ve sown/planted but once veg is in the ground I don’t like to use it at all. So, my grand plan is to have an extra bed, thus cutting down on the paths between them.

I know the rotovator is the bain of all good, sensible gardeners but in this case, we used it. I am quite sure the penalty will be paid later on but I’m hoping it won’t be too bad with the help of the plastic sheeting.

Max turned the soil and by the end of the afternoon, we had a well-turned plot. Tomorrow I will put the plastic back and start planning what is going where.
Garden in France after rotivation
One surprise that greeted me while I was weeding the asparagus bed:

Asparagus shoots in a French garden in the spring

I don’t think I’ve ever seen asparagus shoots this early. More frost is forecast so I piled a stack of soil over the top to protect it for a bit longer.

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