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    Default Hello from France

    Hi everybody, I live in SW France and am only just starting to set up my veggie garden, which is hard work as I have clay soil full of stones.

    Will be needing lots of help and advice

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    Bonjour,
    You will get plenty of great advice and help on here. I am only just getting started to and already hooked

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    Welcome to the vine Solitaire.
    Any questions needed, just fire away. There are a few grapes who live down your way, so may well be able to help with specific questions, as well as the general info you will gain from here.
    Good luck with the stones, I think thats the case throughout France, not just where you are.
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    Welcome to the Vine Solitaire. Bob is right about the stones, I think it's just a case of how many rather than will there be any

    Once you get the soil in a better condition it will make it easier to dig next year

    Have fun with the veggies.
    Last edited by scarey55; 09-05-2009 at 09:25 AM.
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    Thanks for the welcome I have lots of questions, books are all right, but other peoples experience is better.

    As for the stones I have a massive pile, not really certain what I'm going to do with them

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    Welcome Solitaire and you have my sympathy as far as the stones go! I've used them as drainage in pots of course and to weigh down pots of plants in the pond. It curtailed my ability to grow root veg in the first few years, but with more and more manure and compost, less stones are coming to the surface.

    'dem stones, dem stones them dry stones......'

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    Printemps I can't beieve how many stones and rocks there are everytime I dig over I find more

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    Solitaire, get used to it. 4 years I've lived here, and still digging them up.
    I recently found an entire tree, that had probably been bought onsite to build the original roof of the house, and had been surplus to requirements and just left on the deck.
    The first records of my place are late 1600's so there is every chance that the tree was living during the crusades etc. Would love to get it dated though, just to know.
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