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I just wanted to say how pleased I am to have found this Forum. We moved to France 10 years ago, and are now in our second house having moved in 4 years ago. We live in the Correze Dept (described as gateway to the South West) where we can have summers up to +40 degs C and winters with temperatures down to -20 degs C, so quite a range! Most of the time, though, we have a fairly temperate climate.

I'm attempting to establish a 'country' garden, with a flower garden, a veg plot and a chicken enclosure around the house, which is enclosed by a mixed planted hedge. We also have a field at the back of the house where I have three donkeys. This part is bordered by a road where 6 cherry trees (2 lots of 3 types) and 3 walnut trees have been planted along the boundary.

I hope I haven't bored you all silly by now and will be asking lots of questions, I'm sure! Are there any other French residents on the Forum?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,783

    Hello Le Hibou. I live in Dordogne. Before coming here I lived in Kent and had a lovely garden which I'd opened to the public for leukemia research and I used to enter the village flower shows. I've been in this house since 1990. There wasn't a garden, lots of brambles, nettles rough grass and weeds on shallow soil on limestone with clay pockets. The weather is as you describe! I have made a flower garden and a vegetable garden. Part of the garden is in my identity photo. Although there are many plants that I've lost because of conditions here, many more have survived.

    I find plants flower earlier here and don't last as long as in England because the heat in July and August can be too much. Annuals in pots do very well, but I water them a lot. Onions, tomatoes, courgettes and squash do very well. The runner beans were fantastic this year, but some years I don't get many in Summer but if there is warmth and rain in autumn I get an autumn crop. I think the lawn suffers most, grass is nothing like the soft green stuff in England.

    I have horses so I have plenty of manure. The soil was alkali 9 at first, now it's much more managable and about 7. It was so stony and thin except for the bits you could make bricks with.

    Now I've bored everyone too.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Welcome to the forum, Le Hibou, ask away, the gardeners on here are always happy to answer questions. And itmis always nice to learn about other people's gardens wherever they are.
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