Le Jardin

The land lies at approximately 160m above sea level sloping to the south and west. The soil is light and friable but thin on the upper part of the slope where the underlying granite comes to the surface. Lower down the slope the soil is deeper, up to 60/70cm in places and it is along this lower boundary that we have started planting. Our choice of plants being determined by noting which plants thrive in the area and knowing that the soil would be acidic to some degree given that the underlying rock is granite.

In order to fully understand the Soil it is necessary to carry out a soil survey. This will tell us the type of soil, the proportions of sand, clay and silt aswell as the acidity of the soil. Coupled with understanding the local climate, winter temperatures, wind speeds and prevailing direction etc we will be able to make informed choices about which plants will thrive.