Lately I have been working on an experimentation with biochar. I excavated five square meters of soil and filled the bed with a layer of charcoal. I'll see if the vaunted attributes of charcoal are worthy of the efforts I put into hoeing so much soil.
Since eventually my goal is permaculture, I'm trying to grow food without the need to water it. I've had success so far with corn and tomatoes, which are both water-consuming plants. Although, I fear the heatwave sweeping all over France right now. In Dordogne and Gironde we're going to have temperatures topping 41°C (105°F), as though we were in Morocco, you know. But since I use a natural ground cover that gathers dew quite well, I think the plants have a great chance of survival.
The well is also quite useful. Water is needed in large amount when I need to sow seeds during hot seasons, without having to wait for autumn and the wetter period. I think there's a spring running below my property that recharges the well, slowly but steadily. I wonder if I could have someone dig a little further to see if I can reach the water table underneath.
That's it for now. Thank you for taking the time to read my stuff.