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Friday Favorite: The Potager

May 22nd, 2015

The potager is by far my favorite garden, at least at the moment. It’s still a work in progress, but each year it gets better and better. There are perennial herbs that need moved, pathways that need widened, trellises that need moved, and retaining walls that need built. Even with all the things that need done it’s beautiful.
Potager with curved rows 3
My main vegetable garden is very traditional with wide rows and mass plantings of vegetables. This garden was built for beauty and it shows. The variety of colors and textures in the plating is really stunning.
Potager with curved rows 1
The curved rows add interest and they help me maximize the space since the garden isn’t that large. It’s about 25 feet by 25 feet.
Potager with curved rows 4
The larger lettuce seedlings that I transplanted a few weeks ago are really filling out. I can’t wait to see them when they’re mature. It is hard to harvest them, but I’ll have new plants waiting to fill in the spaces. I’m getting ready to seed heat tolerant lettuces in seed trays for this purpose.
Potager with curved rows 5
I love that I can see part of it from our bedroom window. Each morning I look out and see the colorful curved rows filled with all kinds of vegetables.
Potager with curved rows 2
Even though this garden focuses on beauty, it still produces an amazing amount of food. It’s also been a great place for me to practice succession planting. I’m learning to sow a variety of vegetables at different times to keep the garden producing at high levels all spring/summer/fall.

Do you have a part of your garden you like the most?

7 Comments to “Friday Favorite: The Potager”
  1. Chris on May 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Your garden is lovely. My garden is still a work in progress. I plant sunflowers in all the corners of my raised beds and love how they tower in late summer.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on May 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Wow Suzy, it really has become an artistic and functional space. I love the curved rows. Succession planting is something I need to focus on- this year my peas were delicious but too few! I made a reminder to plant more next spring…

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  3. Nebraska Dave on May 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Susy, ha, yeah, my favorite part of the garden is the picnic table. The view is awesome from the table as I ponder the next step in gardening and have a clear view of the sun rising as birds and animals scurry around. The picnic table is set back under a giant cottonwood tree canopy which provides shade in the hottest part of the day. I have plans for a bench to be set in a corner of the fenced in garden area to sit and rest during physical garden work. So I guess the favorite parts of any garden is the viewing and resting areas.

    Have a great favorite garden spot day.

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  4. Misti on May 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Looks great, Susy! I’ve left the veg garden to my husband and he’s slacked on it. I have no idea what is going on other than it is over taken by weeds. I’m fairly certain there must be tomatoes ripening out there, though.

    I miss my free-for-all gardening days!

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  5. Kyle on May 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

    This is lovely!

    My favorite spot is a quasi-fruit tree guild I started with an ailing plum tree last year. This year, it’s leaves are dark green; it’s full of fruit; and the perennial and self-seeding flowers and herbs are taking off. There are bugs galore, birds, earthworms…it’s a happy place.

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  6. Chris on May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I love it when folks take into consideration beauty when gardening, which you have most certainly done with your potager garden, with the layout, stone and path placement, curving lines and color. Very nice!
    Gardens are supposed to be a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! :) They nourish our souls!
    I love my woodland garden the best here!

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  7. Sara on May 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I love updates on your potager, it’s so lovely!

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