Author Archives: Richard Williams

vegetables are boring

– or at least not interesting enough to keep posting photos of them on a regular basis. The subject of kitchen gardens and sustainable small-scale agriculture, however, is endlessly fascinating. We have just emerged from an intense two week Plein … Continue reading

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the impassioned world of hoes

This is a foot-note/addendum/correction/apologia to the Hoe in Art and History post of April 3.  And other posts and pages on hoes. Tara (whose surname may or may not be Chillington, it really doesn’t matter) has commented that I failed … Continue reading

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good grub – bad grub

This blog has mutated: concerns with the wider world,  its Peak Oil problems and  economic ineptitudes, has shifted to a much smaller scale: the village and the kitchen garden. So I advise readers to leave here and plunge into the … Continue reading

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our Three Sisters garden

We have lost momentum in the communal potager at Sue’s. The weather continues to be intermittently maussade with damp grey clouds blown in by the vent marin from the Med. Charles is too busy spraying the vines with copper sulfate … Continue reading

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cooking compost and cicadas

If it seems that compost occupies my thoughts to a greater extent than say . . . yours – it’s because I’m looking after 10 bins at present. Five are our own, three are in our new shared kitchen-garden at … Continue reading

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marking time with compost

We’re waiting on Charles and his tractor to plough le grand potager at Sue’s. I’ve boxes and trays of plantlings that need to go in – watermelons and pumpkins, peas and beans, and 25 sweet corn. But with her L-shaped … Continue reading

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going organic

The wine we drink at home and you drink on one of our mosaic courses or painting holidays, comes from Domaine Isabelle in the village. Charles and Isabelle have become our best friends in France – but in all the … Continue reading

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Big scythe and small tractor

This is where it starts. The scythe I bought months ago gets a taste of the whetstone and goes to work for the first time in decades. I was amazed at how efficient it was – sweeping aside the sheeves … Continue reading

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A new big garden – and a new small blog

It’s been a month since the last post, and a lot has happened. A lot of rain has also fallen, making this one of the coolest and wettest springs on record. Our potager is nearly filled now : 3 variétés … Continue reading

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Getting a handle on it

The handle or shaft length on a hoe is crucial for efficiency and comfort. Short handles may feel more familiar but they mean more bending over, and more strain on the back. Greg Baka of  Easy Digging is a strong … Continue reading

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