Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tending the Vines
potager this week. They have raspberry vines, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, and potatoes. The tomato plants will go in soon. Christiane also has various herbs around the garden...thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano. A lot of people also have a row or two of grape vines. There's a tiny vineyard by Jean's house and another of her neighbors has a half dozen vines in their front yard. This old gentleman has six rows of vines tucked between a field of rape and another big plot of savoy cabbage and leeks that went to market every Saturday this winter. Six long rows that have to be hand-tended every day. He was hoeing weeds this morning. He'd hoe a bit, then lean on his hoe to rest, slowly walking his vines. Will he make his own wine this fall? Will he sell his grapes to a wine co-op?