Green-fingered growers who weed it and reap

Whether they have a big allotment or a small garden, many people in France cultivate fruit and vegetables as well as flowers. Here, three dedicated gardeners explain the joy of growing their own

From grandfather to grandson...

A YOUNG landscape gardener started an association for ‘potagistes’ after becoming  passionate about growing vegetables.
Louis Poirrée, 23, learned about gardening from his grandfather before doing a training course to learn more about cultivation.
“My grandfather taught me to grow vegetables using traditional methods: lots of weeding, aligning plants very straight, and digging the earth all the time.”

Mr Poirrée started an allotment at his property in Yvetot, near Rouen in Normandy, a year-and-a-half ago.

He became so enthusiastic about his work that he launched an association called Le Potagiste, a collective of like-minded individuals who grow fruit and vegetables in public spaces.
“We work with allotments in public spaces such as social housing. There are 12 people in the association, and ...

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