In the garden on April 1

Dans le jardin au 1er Avril
In the garden on April 1

English version below the pictures

Hier , Lundi a été une journée ensoleillée et chaude . Il était temps de commencer les semailles de printemps, d’autant que le pluis était prévue pour le reste de la semaine
Le jardin avait été bêché ( par Janine pour une part ) mais le sol est si argileux qu’il a fallu apasser la herse et le rateau pour obtenir un sol suffisamment fin pour semer les graines de carottes , navets et betteraves rouges

Yesterday, Monday was a sunny and hot day. It was time to start the spring sowing, as the rain was expected for the rest of the week
The garden had been dug (by Janine for a part) but the soil is so clayey that it was necessary to pass the harrow and the rake to obtain a sufficiently fine ground to sow the seeds of carrots, turnips and red bee

Sur les photos ci-dessous janine et moi préparons les sol puis je sème les carottes. C’est Janine qui sema le navets ( les graines sont rondes et si petites que j’ en sème toujours trop.
Nous étions bien dans le jardin . On regrette que la plupart des voisins ont transformé leur potager en pelouse si bien qu’ on est souvent seuls. Mais, espoir : des nouveaux voisins semblent vouloir commencer un ,potager ( ile ont semé des fèves )

Janine is preparing the soil with a rake
I end to prepare the soil with a rake
Sowing of carotts

In the photos above janine and I prepare the soil and I sow the carrots. Janine sowed the turnips (the seeds are round and so tiny that I always sow too much.

We were fine in the garden. We regret that most of the neighbors have turned their garden into a lawn so that we are often alone. But, hope: new neighbors seem to want to start a vegetable garden (they have sown beans)

Au terme de cette journée au jardin , nous avons bien dormi : jardiner est bon
et il a plu la nuit suivante : Hourra !!

At the end of this day in the garden, we slept well: gardening is good!
And we got rain in the following night. yay!

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102 Responses to In the garden on April 1

  1. puffpop says:

    Gardening is an exciting adventure…In partnership with God to provide a healthy meal that nourishes the body while the act of cultivating the soil which will provide nourishment to the seed which will provide healthy and delicious food.

  2. blb1 says:

    Your soil may be clay but ours is beyond any description. I know weeds grow in it well. We have large cracks already so it would be an early start on this years drought. I don’t water the yard any more.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    We are six to eight weeks out until we can plant. Frost free date use to be May 10 where we live. In the last five years it is around May 20th.

  4. cocosangel says:

    Lovely photos Michel. Here I still cannot think of gardening, (although I lack a green finger) to do any gardening, as we still have snow ice on the ground.

  5. marica0701 says:

    My mom grew carrots for the first time last year. Our new vegetable for this year will be parsley root.

    I wish you a bountiful garden 🙂

  6. murisopsis says:

    I’m so pleased you were feeling up to gardening! I do believe it is good for the mind, body and soul to work in the dirt!! I will hope for a bountiful harvest!

  7. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    Gardening is good for health and good for the soul. Turning the ground into a lawn is a waste! You’re doing great, Michel and Janine. Keep gardening and wish you a great harvest!

  8. judyrutrider says:

    I will have to enjoy your garden vicariously this year. My own garden has been taken over by gophers. The last two years have seen an explosion in the population of gophers in this area and nobody seems to know why.

  9. Lyne's View says:

    You are still “in it”! The garden is renewed and it renews you. Blessings to you for a wonderful harvest to come. (pats heart, and points to renewal)

  10. weggieboy says:

    Good to see you are feeling well enough to do some work in the garden this year! It is good for the soul!

  11. Carole says:

    Ça fait plaisir de vous voir tous les deux ds le jardin… Aujourd’hui il fait froid et comme dit si bien le dicton en avril ne te découvre pas d un fil….. Bonne journée à vous deux on vous embrasse bien fort Carole

  12. Isabel Capillas says:

    Gardening is really fun most edpecially during harvest time. It’s a good way for family bonding too.
    Be sure to get enough rest after gardening, Uncle Michel. ❤️

  13. suester7 says:

    I’m glad to see you are well enough to garden, Michel

  14. Marion says:

    Michel, you and Janine work so hard in the garden! But, you always reap the rewards in the wonderful vegetables grown. Very satisfying work with delicious results! 🙂

  15. cerwindoris says:

    I enjoyed your pictures of gardening. Outside work is satisfying – especially when finished.

  16. onedanyankee says:

    Yesterday, I dug up the ditch where I plant my sunflowers. I didn’t realize, ’til I was mostly done, the green stuff growing was a flowering ground cover, so I should have left it be and just poked holes to plant my flowers. The soil was rich and full of worms, though, so whatever I plant should come up well. I’ll likely put in various sunflowers first, then a wild flower mix once the sunflowers are up. I got Zinnias in, around our well a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t found any sprouts yet, that I can be sure are flowers. I’m always like an impatient child after I plant, waiting for the sprouts to come up. I’m glad to see you and Janine can get out in your garden, and even if the neighbors aren’t planting their own, they’ll enjoy watching yours grow. Best wishes.

  17. Cheri Herald says:

    My garden is in containers these days. I can’t keep up with the weeds otherwise. But, I have to grow something 🙂

  18. Susan Joos says:

    That was great timing for the rain! It has been far too wet and cold here to think of gardening, and our soil is even more clay than yours, I’d say; there is simply no breaking it up unless you pick just the right time. No matter how much I have tried to amend it over the years, the clay always triumphs. My spot is small, but always difficult. Some years I can hit the sweet spot and plant in good time, and others, not so much. Some years pests obliterate all my efforts. I do love the fresh produce I can sometimes get from such a small plot, and you give me hope that maybe this will be a good year! And even if I don’t get my garden going this year, I enjoy hearing and seeing about yours so much!

  19. Haven’t started garden. I need to find someone to run the rototiller for me. John in recovery/rehab for heart. It takes awhile for 4 by-passes to heal and the long incision down the chest. So many yard people businesses don’t want to do that labor intensive work. Not sure what we’ll do. I have cleaned out most of leaves put around rose bushes. John sure knows how to pack it in. HE gets to clean in the center. Not sure we have a lawn mower for this season. Will have less veggie garden and also big pots of flowers. I too, just don’t have the energy for all that work. Glad to see that you are slowly getting your garden in order. We, too, are to get rain showers for the rest of the week. Spring a bit slow this year. Take care. Marilyn ❤

  20. calmkate says:

    So glad that you both enjoy the process and the benefits of gardening … keeps you healthy inside and out ❤

  21. AH a garden is lovely and pure delight. I have no place for one, but when growing up (and when my parents were younger) there were always gardens. LOVE fresh food from the garden. Lovely pics that took me back to great memories. I know you will enjoy the growth and the food of your garden. Hugs

  22. Rachel says:

    I am so glad you both are able to be out in the garden. I know that it will be a blessing this fall.
    We have clear ground, but no where close to spring. Soon, I hope! 🌷

  23. Barbara Lenhard says:

    Gardening is so rewarding but it is a lot of hard work. I admire what you and Janine have accomplished together. You will be rewarded by all your hard work with beautiful vegetables soon.

  24. L. Gail says:

    My husband, Mike is at this very moment plowing the garden.

  25. Oh, it’s so so SO good to see Janine, you, and your hat gardening, Michel! 🙂
    You are so right! Gardening is good for the body, heart, soul, and mind! Healing and joy-bringing! 🙂 And the rewards of fresh food to eat is amazing! 🙂
    How wonderful that your new neighbors are going to try gardening. 🙂
    I grew up with farmer parents. My dad could grow anything. So we always had a huge garden and fruit trees. 🙂 I have had a larger garden at past places we’ve lived, but where we are now I just have a small one. Mostly squash and tomatoes every year. 🙂
    HUGS!!! and ❤ !!! 🙂 and may your harvest be plentiful! 🙂

  26. Julie says:

    Its lovely to see Janine and you are back in the garden , I love to watch your garden grow 🙂 hope the cold weather we have here today does not come your way

  27. Isabelle says:

    Bravo à vous 2! Je n’ai pas encore commencé mais je m’y mets ce weekend. J’ai les pommes de terre à planter et les semis de carottes et betteraves, j’attendrai encore un peu pour les choux je crois. Je penserai à vous en attendant les Rameaux!

  28. Good luck for a nice crop this year 🙂 Many people I know are now buying/making raised beds so it is easier on their backs. Maybe when I retire, I will try a little gardening, too 🙂
    Glad to see you both out and about!

  29. boobledygook says:

    With the rain and lovely sunshine i hope your hard work bear fruitfulness. You both remind me of my parents how they love to do their gardening and see their garden bear fruits and veggies. Much love to you both !!

  30. nhislop says:

    A good days work that rewarded you with peaceful and well-earned sleep, and will reward you again with delicious food!

    • I am glad to read you Nancy. yes gardening gives a good sleep at night!
      Thank you to all of your comments :

      • nhislop says:

        We used to have a big garden. We froze a lot of food for winter and ate a lot of fresh food in season. There is nothing more delicious! My back does not let me work in the garden anymore and Dan does not like to do it alone, so now we have just tomatoes, asparagus and herbs.

  31. You and Janine sow the seeds for immortality. Bringing forth new light and substanance for the future! Love to you both! ❤

  32. neilc693 says:

    Growing vegetables puts you in contact with the cycle of nature. It is good to see that the neighbors do it, and a pity everyone else there is out of the habit.
    It’s easy to forget, because the root vegetables are the right size for us to eat, but that tiny seed ends up converting and storing energy into a receptacle finally a thousand times bigger than what it started as. What a miracle of engineering!

    • You are right , Neil, this is a miracle .
      In the past I asked to my students to weigh a seed of carrot( this operation asks imagination) and compare to the ready to be eaten carrot .This gave them an idea of the vegetal power.

  33. HUGS and ❤ for a new week, for you and Janine! 🙂

  34. I’m always impressed by European men gardening while wearing a tweed jacket.

  35. L. Marie says:

    I love the photographs of you and Janine in the garden, Michel. How lovely that you continue with your garden.

  36. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is good to see you and Janine in the garden again, Michel! I am sorry I have been away from blogging for a bit here. It is good to see you again.

    Love to you, Janine and the family, ❤

  37. mimiwi2013 says:

    When we built our previous home, many years ago back in the 1970’s, we had a garden for food for a few years. Ken took care of it when he had time. I froze what I could, but never did canning. I grew up a city girl, and food from the grocery store was fine with me! But loved working with flowers in the various planting area. For years, I grew cacti. They were all in pots, and would be brought inside and put under lights in our basement. Made me think of Arizona, where I lived from age 8 to marriage at 19 1/2. Ken’s mother was like your Janine. Canning food from the farm here for her family of 10 children. Like you, Ken enjoys working outside, but is slowing down. Hugs to you and Janine ❤ Nancy and Ken

  38. Lovely, Michel and Janine! Is this the usual time when you start preparing the garden? We are a few weeks away (if we’re lucky).

  39. I hope your neighbor has a wonderful bean crop and is encouraged to plant more. Your garden must be an inspiration to neighbors. It has always inspired me, your neighbor thousands of miles away! God bless your garden, Michel.

    Caroline ❤️

  40. in says:

    BIG garden!

    I commend you for being able to grow carrots!

    Because they never seem to grow for me whenever I try to grow the seeds.

    I’ll have to give it a try indoors maybe.

    Because I’m guessing the pests outside have been eating the seeds up.

    Either that, or I really am a lousy gardener! Haha!

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