(seen towards the house )
Notice how coconut husks are used as edging.
(seen from the house towards the pedestrian walkway. Kakdah can be seen
so absorbed with watering chore at the far end)
It is meant to be intensive, as we garden the french way. The concept I gather from readings is about growing vegetables and flowers in a foot grid. Even our tomato plants are grown at a foot interval, which can be considered too close. The list of plants grown on that vegetable bed includes; tomatoes, basil , spinach, sawi, ginger, tumeric, sweet peas, sunflowers, and radishes. They don't seem to mind growing in such close proximity and in fact enjoy each others company.
A note on French Gardening.
The French are pastmasters at getting the most out of their potagers. Virtually every yard has a spotless vegetable garden. Often, it occupies most of a small yard. And it is planted so tightly you can hardly imagine how the gardener manages to walk between those closely packed rows. What's more, there never seems to be a trace of a footstep between those immaculate lines of vegetables, which always appear freshly cultivated. It's as if the gardener hovers in the air to do his or her work!
Perhaps this intense approach to gardening is responsible for generating the incredible variety of French gardening tools. Unlike their American counterparts, who rely heavily on motorized tools, the French still largely garden entirely with hand tools. Each task and even many crops have their own dedicated, specially designed tools. Living in France, I have really discovered that gardening by hand with a perfect tool is a viscerally satisfying joy. Click here for more: French intensive vegetable gardening - Au potager