In Vailhan, a small village nearby, they still use the old irrigation system for their very neat gardens. A central reservoir overflows through pipes and ditches to the gardens and metal gates in the channels can be moved across to divert the water from one plot to another.
The water course along the path through the gardens at Vailhan.
Metal gate which can be moved to divert water along another channel.
In Gabian we have an informal version of this, with a stream flowing down from the spring at the top of the hill, the Resclauze, and gardeners using hosepipes to take water to their plots. For the last few years this stream has dried up completely for months on end and we
Shelves... what have these to do with the garden?
In the garden we
This is the second sowing of broad beans and peas - the beans I sowed in November are already flowering, I was surprised to see.
We've also unwrapped our palm tree from its winter protection. Since November we've been protecting the growing point in the centre from sub-zero temperatures as it was its first winter in the ground. Its leaves unfurled slowly in the sunlight and it now looks almost back to normal, with new leaves growing well. We haven't had many frosty nights this year. If there's any more cold weather forecast we'll wrap it up again, but it seems as though winter is over now.
and the radicchio which has given us salads all winter.