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Tell us about your backgroundI have a somewhat special journey because I did not go straight to the garden. I first did a Masters in industrial design. Throughout my studies and this was confirmed thereafter, I had the feeling that I wanted my job to respect my convictions regarding respect for the planet, its limited resources and its biodiversity. I then met an organic market gardener in the Ardennes who wanted to pass on his knowledge to young people. So I tried my luck and it was obvious. I then resumed training in parallel with my work on the farm in order to obtain a BPREA in organic market gardening (diploma intended for future farmers). I worked 4 years on this farm before my arrival in Royaumont.
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What can you see in the gardens of Royaumont Abbey?
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Are the gardens a reflection of what they were in the Middle Ages?
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In June, we were able to discover a new garden, can you tell us more?
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Are contemporary vegetable gardens and medieval vegetable gardens so different?They are already different in the vegetables we grow there. In medieval times, some vegetables that we eat regularly today were considered toxic. I think its management is not the same either. The cultivation methods came from popular knowledge based on observations which sometimes proved to be scientifically correct but not always. Today we have more knowledge about the functioning of plants, the life of a soil, the impact of the gardener's actions on them. Where we find similarities is that we use interactions between plants or insects that we have put aside a little this last century.
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What advice can you give to those who wish to create a medieval vegetable garden at home?The main characteristic of a medieval vegetable garden is the cultivation on a raised square in order to protect the crops from the animals and facilitate work at breast height. In Royaumont, the squares are composed of plessis of chestnut but there are many forms of them in trade. We can then favor the aromatic plants, assemble vegetables helping each other (the smell of the onion would keep the fly from the carrot) but also plant flowers (nasturtiums against aphids).
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