Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tending the Vines

Almost every house in the village boasts of some kind of vegetable garden. It might be a tiny plot outside the back door or just a few big pots planted with kitchen herbs. Most folks have something a bit more extensive. Christiane and Jean-Paul showed me their 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?

1 comment:

  1. I wish we had more space for gardening. Love the idea of having vines!