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One of the reasons often quoted for moving to France Profonde is 'for land' - our own garden to tend and the space to experiment with potagers and vegetables. We dream of sunny afternoons spent nurturing our crops and flowers before retiring to the terrace with a healthy glow for a well-earned apéro!

We all have shelves groaning under the weight of books advising us what to plant in shady place and how to lay out the perfect garden, but there's nothing better than a bit of local advice from people who have been here and done it. Trevor Bridge and his wife Jocelyn are just such a couple who, after running a busy landscape architect practice in the UK for 20 years, moved to an ancient fermette the region a few years ago. They regularly write for Living Magazine, sharing their advice and experience. Here we gather together a collection of their articles as well as some articles from other local gardeners....

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Autumnal gardening

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Autumnal gardening

Now summer is behind us and our thoughts turn to winter, we ask Trevor Bridge what we should be doing in our gardens before closing the door to the potting shed for the year…

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Summer Watering Holes

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Summer Watering Holes

With the sun high in the sky, Trevor Bridge takes a break from enjoying his summer garden to consider the importance of water features for both us and our local wildlife…

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Pest-free Potagers...

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Pest-free Potagers...

At last, summer is here and with it, we hope, the sun! There’s no better time to get out and enjoy your garden as Trevor Bridge explains…

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Preparing your potager

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Preparing your potager

After such a wet winter, we are all dreaming of a dry and sunny spring. Trevor Bridge shows us how to start preparing our jardin potager to ensure a summer-long supply of fresh vegetables…

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Signs of Spring

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Signs of Spring

Trevor Bridge returns to his potager to plan the year ahead - it’s time to get planting! We also discover the enduring art of Topiary, perfect for the winter garden...

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - A bed of roses... Part two

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - A bed of roses... Part two

In the last issue, Trevor Bridge introduced us to the beauty of Old Garden Roses. Here he moves on to Modern Roses and take us through the all-important planting, maintenance and propagation techniques...

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - A bed of roses...Part one

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - A bed of roses...Part one

Popular with the British and French alike, roses are a feature of many of our gardens. But the sheer choice available to us can be daunting so we’ve turned to Trevor Bridge to explain all...

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Choosing trees for your garden

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Choosing trees for your garden

We all love the shade that trees afford us over these hot summer months but how should we go about choosing the right trees for our gardens? Trevor Bridge guides us through selecting, and looking after, the perfect tree…

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Plants for bees, butterflies and other insects

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Plants for bees, butterflies and other insects

Planning a successful garden is not only about the plants themselves but also about the wildlife they attract. Here, our gardening expert Trevor Bridge gives us his recommendations...

 

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The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Spring in the garden

The Wheelbarrow Gardener - Spring in the garden

Are you feeling the effects of winter? Our gardening expert Trevor Bridge shows you how to get your garden, and you, ready for summer…

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