French garden diary - May 2019

Give scarlet- splashed borlotti beans a try – they are showier and easier to find for picking!

’Tis the season for tender loving. Cathy Thompson reveals her choice of May veg, and gives seasonal flower tips

Supposedly it is safe to plant out tender things after the fête days of the Saints de glaces (May 11 to 13) – or so they say. What they do not often say is that these saints (Mamert, Pancrace and Servais) first acquired their reputation for provoking a sudden cold snap in the Middle Ages.

Not only were their fête days later replaced on the calendar by those of ‘worthier’ saints, but we are also fairly sure that modern weather patterns are dissimilar to those of the Middle Ages.

Still, it is as good a place as any to draw a line for planting out ‘tenders’ such as tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, sweet ...

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