Baby radish

This is my favorite picture from my last trip to the garden: it is a baby radish. There were planted at the beginning of October and a week later, we could already see them coming out; I think it is quite rewarding. I also find interesting to see the evolution between this early stage of the growth and the final state of the radish. Fun fact: I tasted it and it already had a bit of taste! – Text and photo by Gabrielle

Numerous plants

Text and photos by Huly.

Garden visit

When we went to the garden, it was cold and cloudy. There wasn’t that much noise except the sound of wind and a crow.
Despite bad weather, the garden was quite nice thanks to vegetation. I enjoyed the smell of different plants such as rosemary, thyme, lavander, jasmine, santalina… Photos and text by Mathilde L.

Photos of interest

Here are some photos of elements that I found beautiful or interesting during the
visit of the garden. – by Clara


Beetroots are known as a French home produce. Indeed, this vegetable has been traditionally grown to make white sugar, the one we use daily in coffee, tea or cakes. However, we all know that sugar is problematic, especially for health issues. But today, beetroots have become a trendy vegetable, forgetting the image of the canteen dish. Many cuisine influencers and cooks have set new cakes recipes replacing sugar by beetroots to propose healthy delights: Let’s try! – Photo and text by Halil

Lemon balmy times

I realised there was a lot of lemon balm (in the garden), which I really loved since it reminds me of my home in Colombia (it is quite common in the area, or at least I know I had already smelled it there many times)

– by Ana Maria

Backyard Composter

We encourage ENPC students to use the backyard composter. Your food scraps will be transformed into compost with the help of humidity and aeration. The waste is converted into a perfect fertilizer for the plants of the garden! – from Manuel

In the sun

The Jardin pontanique is really starting to look lovely. We finally managed to get our Monday class gardening team out in the field to finish planting our fall crops and find our aromatic plants under the periwinkle. Our perfect compost from last year’s Meunier students was added and the sun even came out to smile on us.


This team and others have managed to draw the garden back to its former beauty and appeal. After a lot of scratches, nettle stings and general dirty fatigue, this crew incorporated last year’s Meunier dorm compost (thanks!) into the soil and got in some onions, radishes, lettuce and more. Nothing like teamwork to get the job done.


Coming back from the lockdown and summer drought, the garden looked like a dried up jungle. Dessicated fennel and prickly weeds reached high over one’s head and the task of weeding them seemed daunting. The students from Develop’Ponts decided to take to the field and get the fall crop in. In two sessions, dozens of students freshened the permaculture crops and cleared all the plots readying them for radishes, onions, Chinese chives and snow peas. The earth was dry but the compost was ripe to help loosen it up. I didn’t see what happened but I saw the result. Fantastic work!