French garden diary - September 2018

Ce n'est pas la fin des haricots... As summer concludes, Cathy Thompson is battling pests and planning bulbs

This expression (more or less translated as ‘it’s not the end of the world’) is thought to have originated in nineteenth century French boarding schools. If food supplies were low, the students were given haricots to sustain them. And when even this mediocre sustenance was gone, well, that was it...

Now, in September, it really ought to be the end of the green beans, but it never is, is it? At this time of year you are bound to have them (and courgettes, tomatoes, etc.) coming out of your ears. And, at the risk of turning this column into a ...

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