Joe and I completed the high-level design for our new potager garden. A potager garden is a kitchen garden that produces vegetables and herbs, and also includes ornamental design features. Simply put, we want our garden to be beautiful as well as functional. Our intent is to blend the garden into our existing landscaping and include flower beds plus a bistro area to make it an inviting space.
We modified a design we found in Niki Jabbour’s The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener. Jabbour (2011) featured a 20-ft x 20-ft potager garden on p. 89 of her book. We’re using her basic design but expanded it to 20-ft x 26-ft so we could include a bistro table and chairs in the center. The next step is to fine-tune what we want to plant in each area so we can ensure that we have all of the seeds. We will maximize visual interest by adding height to the garden through the use of rustic teepees for pole beans and an arched trellis at the entryway.
Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 will include raised beds. We’ll install cold frames on top of the raised beds, so we can continue to grow fresh produce during the cooler months of the year. Jabbour (2011) explained that “cold frames can be used for cool-weather and cold-tolerant crops like tatsoi, spinach, chard, carrots, and mache” (p. 89).
Jabbour, Niki. (2011). The year-round vegetable gardener: How to grow your own food 365 days a year no matter where you live. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
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