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Hello I'm new to gardening and I feel quite overwhelmed by it all, we live in southwest France and have just bought a house with a big garden it has been left to it's own devices for at least 20 years and I'm uncovering the old bones of it. I'm hoping to start a veg garden but feel totally time crunched! We are also doing a big renovation on the house. Help and encouragement needed in spades please.


  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,468
    Hello Maria,  welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new home. 
    Probably best to take some pictures so we can see what your dealing with and let us know what you hope to achieve from your garden.  :)
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,468
    A forum member @Busy-Lizzie has a home in France and may be able to help with supply suggestions etc. 😀 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,606
    Hello @bendymaria33en5pM8FJ.I live in SW France, Dordogne, and @D0rdogne_Damsel lives north east of me.

    Don't try to do it all at once, though I'm not very good at that. I've just moved into a new (old) house here after 30 years in the old one. The veg garden is much too big for me but was cared for until a year ago when the owner had a shoulder operation. The flower garden is a blank canvas, I've started making flower beds.

    What sort of help do you want? Have you grown vegetables before? Have you got decent equipment and, if not, do you know where to buy it? Weedkillers are a no no here, glyphosate is banned, ideal opportunity to be organic. 

    I had to fence my vegetable garden at the last house because deer ate everything. Have you seen deer? It is fenced here because the previous owner's son had pygmy goats and they ate everything, which is why he gave up the flower garden.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,637
    Several questions come to mind - are you permanent residents or going to be absent 6 months of the year?  Whereabouts are you - location such as hillside, valley bottom, coastal plain etc make a difference to soil and exposure and rainfall?  What do you hope to achieve - a tidy up just to give some control or a potager, lawn, ornamental beds?

    I would suggest you start by clearing the space immediately around the house so you have somewhere to sit/eat/cook outside when the weather permits and then gradually work out.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Wow thank everyone
    I'm in lot et Garrone on flat land surrounded by hazelnut farms, our house was the main farm house so the soil is good, I would like to have a veg garden but 0 experience!  A flower garden in front of the house and lawn at the back. 
    I'm first question is 
    I want to lift son Christmas roses and put them somewhere else, how and when do I do it.

    Thanks everyone
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,606
    Hellebores have a reputation for disliking being moved, but if you dig up earth with it and plant it and water it straight away they are usually fine. Best to do it when they have finished flowering.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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