Is it too late to start a vegetable garden?

Is it too late to start a vegetable garden?
Is it too late to start a vegetable garden?

Our guests Lola Périer, Philippe Collignon and Goran the permaculturist, will share their advice and tips for a colorful vegetable garden.

The vegetable garden: access to diversity and taste

Lola Périer explains that if “for eggplants, it’s a little late, unless you already buy them in a garden center. In this case, you will have to plant them after the famous Ice Saints around mid-May. But otherwise, there is still a whole lots of things still to sow and lots of flowers, beans, squash…” Why start vegetable gardening? For Goran the permaculturist, 22 years old, who started vegetable gardening after Covid-19, growing his vegetables, “it means accessing the incredible variety that exists within the same species. Everyone should be able to eat good garden produce. And when I see the tomatoes we eat store-bought, it disgusts me.” Lola Perier also denounces this standardization: “There are 15,000 varieties listed, and we only eat a few round types in the supermarket.” Philippe Collignon “This is the philosophy of supermarkets: they favor types of tomatoes which do not crush, which keep for three weeks at the bottom of the fridge… But which have no taste. The garden is a place where we can make mistakes, where we live in the present, where we learn about human nature. It makes us philosophers, psychologists and we learn lots of things by making mistakes.”

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Advice

  • No need for large spaces to get started: a balcony box can be enough. But choose a location exposed for six hours a day and sheltered from the wind.
  • In May, you can plant radishes, carrots, winter leeks, you can plant tomatoes after ice saints, eggplants, zucchini…
  • You don’t have to sow everything on the same day… Radishes (which are planted in very crumbly, not very deep soil) can be sown every week.
  • Make inter-crops: between carrots, radishes, between tomatoes, basil….
  • Mulch your soil: it prevents weeds (weeds) from growing more quickly, it keeps the soil cool. For mulching: you can use biodegradable corn-based plastic.
  • In gardening, everything starts from the soil. If you don’t know it well, you can’t be a good gardener. The soil must be alive in the presence of earthworms. You can read The Encyclopedia of Organic Indicator Plants by Gérard Ducerf which indicates, depending on the plants present on your land, the apparent nature of your land. Good soil is balanced soil that is neither too clayey nor too sandy.
  • Adapt your plantations to the temperatures: spinach, peas, broccoli, cabbage prefer coolness, but crosnes and Jerusalem artichokes resist drought.
  • The tip, if the soil is not good: either we create small square vegetable gardens, we raise the soil with potting soil. Either we make “lasagna”: we put layers of uninked cardboard, a layer of waste, a layer of cardboard, a layer of cut waste…. We climb 50 to 60 cm. And we grow on it. This “lasagna” will gradually come down over the course of the season. It will take a lot of water, but this will gradually enrich your soil.
  • Prepare a natural anti-fungal by letting banana peels macerate in a liter of water for 24 hours in the sun…
  • Consider mixing flower and vegetable plantations

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To cook harvested vegetables, the recipe for Gregory Cohen : The little stuffed ones

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Christilla Pellé-Douël’s reading advice: “Francardo Nagori”

Francardo Nagori by Mazelin Salvi Flavia published by Punto e basta. Mazelin Salvi Flavi is a Corsican, and a journalist by trade, but she is also a creator. She does tons of things, she embroiders, she paints, she draws, she writes poetry, novels, and essays. Initially, she wanted to evoke her childhood in her grandmother’s house in Corsica. I read the first pages, it was magnificent, but Flavia thought something was missing. She understood it the day she cooked a bruccio omelette with mint. The smell of cooking sent her back to her grandmother’s garden. She said to herself that we should not remain cerebral at all, but write a book like a kaleidoscope, which allows us to feel, see and understand the facets of a childhood and childhood memories. So, in her book, she inserted photos of her family, somewhat clumsy embroidery, her grandmother’s pastry wheel, shopping tickets… In short, she made this book a magnificent object on the childhood feelings…

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