Delphine Breuil

Delphine’s green revolution is sowing seeds of happiness from Rouen to Le Havre.

What is a nature lover’s nightmare? Working in a highly polluting company. Like Delphine, who realized that the world she wanted to leave for her children wasn’t made up of asparagus imported from Peru or apples imported from Chile.

It’s while trying to grow squash (her favorite vegetable) on the green spaces of her office building that she realized that it wasn’t all that easy. There were no gardeners who could help her in the area! So she set up her own structure, and sprang to life!

Delphine is like that: she accepts every kind of challenge!

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that she likes adversity — if she enjoys stirring up dirt in the vegetable garden, it comes from a love of sharing. In fact, when you participate in one of her workshops, she will start by teaching you how to make your own herbal tea and will eventually show you how to make cuttings to continue planting at home.

Above all, Noocity’s vegetable gardens are the beginning of a change!

Having left the company she worked at to devote herself to urban agriculture, she knows from experience that a corporate vegetable garden is a great tool for the well-being of employees. Creating a positive image of the company, attracting new talent, keeping those who are present and giving them the pleasure of growing what they’re going to eat… That has to count for something, right?

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Tip From The Grower

Plant cuttings, a gardener’s favourite toy!

At the end of the summer, when I go to prune my lavender, thyme, savory and rosemary plants, I take advantage of that time to prepare cuttings as well. This is a great way to multiply my herb plants quickly, easily and inexpensively.

How does it work? At the end of August and throughout September, take 6-10 cm stems from your aromatics, and remove the leaves as well as any flowers from the lower three quarters of the stem. In a pot filled with a mixture of 50% potting soil and 50% sand, plant the cuttings every 3 cm, burying them halfway. Firmly pack the soil, then water them. Place the cuttings outside in partial shade and sheltered from the wind. Water them as soon as the soil dries up, but never before. In case of frost, shelter your pots in a container, in a cool greenhouse or under a winter cover. Remember to air them out as soon as the nice, warm weather returns. In March, repot your cuttings in individual pots, and in June, replant them when the soil is warm, well-drained and exposed to sunlight.

Now it’s your turn to grow some inexpensive Mediterranean herbs!

By Delphine Breuil, Noocity Grower from Rouen to Le Havre.

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