Today was cane-cutting day.
I use a lot of tall stakes in my garden, and no matter how many I already have, I always seem to need more.
All my growing areas are very narrow, so I donâ€™t have the luxury to let plants sprawl.
I grow a lot of things on stakes, including the tomatoes, the beans, and the cucumbers.Â The squash variety I grow likes to hang, so I also build a tall rack that keeps the squash off the ground.
The net result of all this is that I need more stakes, so today is the day to go harvesting.
I use river bamboo (Arundo donax) for my stakes, and a bit further up the creek there are a few places where there are big clumps of wild Arundo. (Weâ€™re just a bit down the coast from Cannes in France, which is named for all the â€ścanesâ€ť that grow there.)
This is a photo of our home.Â Weâ€™re the third floor on the building directly ahead.
One can perhaps squint and see some of our laundry hanging out.Â We donâ€™t even have a clothes dryer.Â I donâ€™t even know anybody here who has one.Â We all hang our laundry out to dry.
My garden is built on the cliff next to the building. I measured it once and my top terrace is about 50 feet above the street level.Â (Note: We all have 10 foot ceilings, so the building is a bit more than 50 feet tall.)
IÂ have a larger flat piece of ground at my office, which is a few hundred yards further up along the creek, but itâ€™s all shaded by thick pine trees. (I do get pine nuts at least.)
This cliff is where the sun shines, so itâ€™s here that I decided to build my garden.
That open space to the left of our four-story building is my garden, which is made up of a bunch of little terraces I made on the cliff.
I like my cliff garden a lot, and I think itâ€™s very Ligurian, because there isnâ€™t much flat land here.
While I was out harvesting canes today, there was a local farmer also cutting stakes.
Itâ€™s almost spring here, so weâ€™re all hustling to get ready for the growing season.Â Lots of people here use Valentines Day as a milestone for the first seeding of tomatoes.Â Iâ€™ve consulted the moon calendar, and have decided that Iâ€™ll plant my first tomato seeds on Monday.