Yann Lescouarch

Yann plays with plants and words to the delight of Nantes’ vegetable gardens.

After more than 15 years working in large companies in Germany, Paris, and Nantes where his daily life was punctuated by double-entry spreadsheets, Yann decided to get his hands dirty by recovering a vegetable garden from a neighborhood grandfather who moved to a retirement home.

As a complete beginner, he inherited a 300m2 playground!

But as he puts it so well, people who don’t have a green thumb are just those who haven’t taken the time to fully understand plants.

He considers that we are all equal before a piece of land, so don’t be shocked if he talks to you casually right off the bat. He is all the more friendly, and you’ll surely see it in the puns he makes! (“Are you radis?” will surely be the first you hear.)

Yann’s greatest pleasure is sharing his knowledge and his passion for vegetable gardens.

He offers advice on sowing, planting, mulching, composting, etc. His workshop is full to the brim with helpful tips for starting a vegetable garden without fear.

With Yann, everyone (re)learns patience, the importance of social ties and connections with nature but also with oneself.

For our grower, urban agriculture is more than a pleasure, it is a real management tool, but also a way of preparing our cities for the future.

“We’ve lost a connection with nature that our great-grandparents had and that we must rediscover.”

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Tip From The Grower

How deep should I bury my seeds?

The size of each seed tells us everything we need to know about how deep we should bury it.

When burying count 2 to 3 times it’s size deep. For example, a radish seed, with approximately 1mm should be buried in a maximum 3mm deep. But, if we’re talking about a broad bean seed, which should have approximately 1cm, it should be buried at 3cm deep. This can be applied to any seed!

Once sown, and even with a sub-irrigation system such as the Noocity’s growbed, you must keep the soil surface moist until the plant starts to germinate.

By Yann Lescouarch, grower Noocity in Nantes.

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