Gardening, that is. We're getting there, but we might have a smaller garden than usual this year. And that'll be fine, as long as we get some bell peppers, aubergines (eggplant), and tomatoes.
Yesterday, while I got the motobineuse (rototiller, rotary cultivator) cleaned up in preparation for taking it to the Gamm' Vert store in Saint-Aignan for repairs and service, Walt set out a lot of the plants we bought day before yesterday. I also dug out an old tree stump that has taken nine years to finally rot away.
Aubergines et poivrons
He planted the peppers and aubergines — six of each — in the long row that I managed to get till up before the motobineuse (which literally means "motorized hoe", « biner » being "to hoe" or "to harrow") broke down. And he started planting tomatoes in the square garden plot that I tilled as well. We'll have 15 or more tomato plants.
Somehow we have to get one machine into the other.
Meanwhile, we still face the task of getting the rototiller into the back of the Peugeot and hauling it to town. The "handlebars" will come off, we think, so it will fit. The main problem will be the weight of the thing. I hope we can lift it and get it into the car without doing damage to either machine.
La maison, côté jardin
The garden doesn't look like much yet, but at least it looks neat. It will grow up in no time, with any luck. And sometime in August we'll start harvesting. Walt plans to plant beans (haricots verts) and squash (courgettes) as well, and as soon as possible. The weather is supposed to cool down slightly this week, which might not be so good for the garden but will be good for the gardeners.