French garden diary - February 2019

Does lunar planting really work? Cathy Thompson reveals her tips for planting according to the moon’s calendar

It was always a traditional neighbourly past-time and apparently it is still in vogue. We are talking about your neighbours’ favourite way of whiling away the hours (almost as if it was your job to provide local reality TV) by passing comment while you are earnestly engaged in any particularly challenging/delicate gardening operation.

These, being French neighbours, are often quite keen to point out that you are doing things at the ‘wrong’ time. The ‘right’ time, in France, is in scrupulous accord with the phases of the moon. In a nutshell, this means that you can sow any kind of vegetable during an ...

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