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It’s Coming Together

May 2nd, 2014

Last year I added pathways to the small potager behind the house. I added a small circular bed to the middle with pathways that crossed diagonally. Only the circular bed got lined with rocks, I didn’t have enough time to line the pathways as well.
potager walkway
Last summer had I trouble with the mulch from the pathways ending up in my garden beds and the compost from my garden beds in my pathways. I decided to line them with rocks to help with the problem. Eventually the paths will be paved with stones or bricks, but until then this will do.
potager 3
potager 2
potager 1
It took me a long time to find enough stones, but I’m just about finished. Now I need to get out my chipper to make mulch for the pathways. This little garden is the one I’m expanding this year, I mentioned that last week.
back potager (1)
I’m looking forward to seeing how this garden progresses over the season.  Last year it was a veritable jungle.

Do you have any garden changes planned this year?

12 Comments to “It’s Coming Together”
  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I love your garden! Your rocks are so charming and perfectly placed.

    Our biggest decision this year has been deciding to transform our third raised bed into a blueberry/raspberry patch. Not sure what we’ll get, but thought it might be fun to have one bed that comes back every year.

    Thinking about doing strawberries to, but not sure, might be too late.

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  2. Kathi cook on May 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

    The pathways and stone looks terrific. Your garden already has great “bones”. Can’t wait to see it all grown up with plan things.

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  4. Jennifer Fisk on May 2, 2014 at 7:14 am

    That garden is beautiful. My only change this year is I’ve vowed to mulch heavily with straw so I don’t grow weeds bigger than the veggies. Well fertilized soil grows lovely, healthy weeds and last year mine were so thick the Purslaine couldn’t grow.

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  5. Sara on May 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    It looks so great!! I love the stone edging, we found a bunch of stones while terracing our yard and love getting to use them for things like this. No big vegetable garden changes this year, but we do have some final stone work to complete and some new gardens to put in when that happens.

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  6. Nebraska Dave on May 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Susy, as you well know there are always changes going on with a gardener’s garden. This year the two biggest changes are in my backyard garden. The potato experiment with multi-levels and the rain gutter watering experiment with again multi-level growing. In Terra Nova Gardens the biggest (literally) change will be growing giant pumpkins. These guys have the potential of several hundred pounds. Even if one only gets to a couple hundred pounds, it will be the talk of the neighborhood, don’t you think?

    Your potager is indeed coming together nicely. I don’t know about you but I seem to always have a couple multi-year garden projects in progress. Gardeners like to change, improve, or redo something every year. Such is the case with me as well.

    Have a great potager coming together day.

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  7. whit on May 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

    So lovely! What a beautiful garden from so much hard work! Since we have a newer place too, our garden feels like it is always in a state of transition. Our greenhouse is too hot to grow greens much past April, so we are trying to find new places around the yard that are shady and cool to keep them. Also, since this used to be a nursery, there are a lot of invasive things that need removing or fussy pathways that are made of stone and grass and are terribly troublesome to maintain. All that eventually needs to be changed. Right now, we are trying to combat horsetail and buttercup though.

    Good luck with your expansion plan thus year.

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  8. katy on May 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    looks gorgeous!

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  9. Lorna on May 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Love your potager! We’re planning a similar kitchen garden; I wasn’t going to line the pathways, but after seeing how yours look with the rocks, I might have to reconsider (one of the many advantages to living in New England–no shortage of rocks!).
    May I ask what brand chipper you use? We’ve owned two different ones in the past and both were miserable to use. If you have one that works well, I’d love to know what it is.

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    • Susy on May 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      We have a Troy-Built smaller one, but not tiny. It will chip up decent sized pieces of trees. Eventually we might upgrade to a PTO one for our tractor, we use it enough to make it worthwhile.

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  10. daisy on May 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Looks fabulous! We will be moving when the garden would normally commence, so no changes for the time being. Summer is our time off for the garden, except for the fewest of crops. Enjoy the transformation!

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  11. judym on May 3, 2014 at 3:48 am

    We’ve been discussing laying brick down for some of our garden paths. Years ago, we were able to collect over 3,000 bricks from a Cleveland demo site. They were free! We’ve used some for a patio, border for a concrete “cobblestone” path and as foundation around new chicken run. Loads left. So hoping to use our form again for concrete path bordered with more brick. That would look so cool. Guess great minds think alike! lol

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