Commercial Vegetable Gardens
We then turned our attention to a commercial vegetable garden, with the aim of expanding our production, fulfilling the needs of our guests and selling our vegetables.
We built a small greenhouse where we planted tomato, sweet pepper, courgette, aubergine, cucumber and water melon seedlings, whereas we planted lettuce, roquette, peas, chickpeas, potatoes, onions, fennel, carrots, radishes and other seeds directly into the earth.
We refer to the first kitchen garden as the “vegetable garden in the bush” because it is an area surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. It is on a slight downhill slope and is well protected from the mistral wind. We traced level lines and used a “Campagnole” to till the earth and create 80cm wide cultivation “strips” alternating with walkways. In each strip we planted a wide variety of crops on two planting lines, appropriately associated with alternating sequences and close planting spans.
We then prepared our “vegetable garden fruit orchard” by creating 24 80 cm wide x 5m long cultivation lines on the east perimeter where there were already some fruit trees. We plan to expand and develop this next winter.