Gardening in France

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Grow your own vegetables in France

There’s nothing like the pleasure of eating vegetables fresh from your own garden. The flavour and texture far exceed anything you can buy in a shop. Growing vegetables is also a natural incentive to to spend time outdoors. It is not necessary to have a large space to begin a vegetable garden, you can start one with just a few pots.

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Property purchase: boundary and easement provisions

When purchasing property in France, the transfer deed prepared by the notaire will often specify that in the event of any error in the description of any easements affecting the property, the purchaser has no right of recourse against the vendor.

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Need some more plants?

Image not found.One of the joys of gardening is seeing your garden grow in sheer numbers of plants that you have produced yourself. Obviously there is always the time and …

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