Because of the height we are here, around 500 metres, vegetable sowing is later than one would think in southern France. But usually we sow most of the vegetables into open ground in early to mid-May, and with tomatoes and more delicate plants, like peppers and varieties of basil, in late May. But the ground has to be prepared of course - but as we have said previously, April can be a wet month and on heavy clay preparation can be difficult. This year it has not been too bad - certainly not compared with the awful conditions last year, when we thought we would have to swim down the garden to the vegetable beds. So a good lot of organic material has been sitting on the vegetable area at the bottom of the garden and over the last couple of weeks we have been slowly rotavating this in, so we reckon with a couple more passes of the rotavator it will be ready for sowing:
Another job that needed doing was some renovation and protection work on the ancient cart that we have in the garden and that has appeared in various photos on the Blog. So at last we have got around to applying some wood hardener on the parts that were deteriorated and soaking the whole cart with wood preservative - it does look a lot better and now has a chance of lasting a good few years longer:
The bird are prolific this Spring and making good use of the bird feeders that are around, and we have two of the nesting boxes occupied. But it is the Great Tits this month that are the 'winners' - they have been particularly in evidence and have been very bold, continually flying to the windows and biffing the glass (which, we are told is because they think their reflection in the glass is a rival to be sent packing). They are so fast-moving that they are tricky to photograph:
This evening we looked out of the sitting room window to see a big hedgehog on the grass. She/he scuttled at a good pace and hid in the flowerbed. We see very few hedgehogs here, so a welcome sight and so becomes JOINT WINNER this month!!