- After 25 years in Belgium and 15 or more converting fertile alkaline pasture to an English garden we have just moved to the Vendée to a smaller house and bigger plot with acid to neutral soil and no deep frosts. It's a larger plot but half is pasture. There's a big graveled area, a fenced off hen plot and a few trees and shrubs and lots of grass that has been "mown" by two sheep so lots to sort out. Brought a trailer load of treasures and have sorted out my seeds ready to start a new garden and veg plot and orchard. Loads of fun to come.