My Potager Beginning

CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)January 7, 2013

Hi all!

I'm new to the forums and wanted to introduce myself with some pictures of the beginnings of my humble potager.

I can't wait till the frost danger ends and I can start getting all my vegetables going. More pictures to come!

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nathan1991

looking like a great start! how long has it been planted?
what all do you plan on putting in the garden?
and what's growing in the green wood pots on the cement? oranges??
so many questions! sorry! but thank you for posting!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 5:24PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

I just finished getting the beds all lined up last week. I'm hoping to get some salad greens, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini and strawberries. I think the main thing this year I'm going to focus on having the growth neat and organized.

You are correct the wood planters (Versailles planters) have various oranges. They're my challenge right now bc we've had some frost nights.

Thanks for checking it out!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 7:18PM
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mrtoad(7b NC)

nice work - as you stated - this year growing veggies is going to be the primary focus of the potager

and

maybe a facebook page

mr toad

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 3:11PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Hey Mr toad thanks! What's your potager look like right now?

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 9:19PM
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mrtoad(7b NC)

pretty much dead - except
for a cloche - where i am trying to grow lettuce

toad

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 9:49PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

I've got a much of lettuce right now that I haven't put in the ground yet. I need to fill the beds with more soil first.

Also, I really wanted to get a few cloches but they seem a bit expensive.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 10:09PM
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oliveoyl3

Thanks for sharing your garden pics & layout.

I'm not in your zone, so not sure about your planting dates. There are vegetables that tolerate frost, so you can sow now & harvest before your warm weather vegetables are planted.

Just last night we discussed how much of the early vegetables each of us wanted, so I could record our spring planting plan for one bed. It gives you a different perspective when you ask, "How many radishes would you eat in 2 weeks?" That way we will have vegetables ready for harvest in stages, so we can eat them fresh without processing or having them go to seed. By accident we found radish pods are tasty in stir fry. We were tired of kale and chard, so I was on the hunt for something new to add to my harvest basket.

Corrine

Here is a link that might be useful: succession planting ideas for Portland zone 8

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 5:56PM
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ali-b

Love it! Thanks for sharing. Those Versailles planters look great. Did you make those?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 9:42AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Corrine,

Thanks for sending the link! I checked it out and am going to try and follow some of the guidelines.

Ali-b,

Thanks for the comment I did make the planters myself. They're so expensive to buy at a garden store or even online!

I used redwood for the larger ones and some spare wood for the smaller ones.

Heres some updated pictures. Would you believe my neighbor gave me a large pink grapefruit tree?! I also move the apple to a berm near the front of the yard. I also added some grass behind the vineyard to give it a more complete look.

Hope you all like it. The beds are planted with some lettuce and Brussels sprouts now too.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:00PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

More pics

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:01PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Alaska azalea

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:02PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

More

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:03PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Hence the name

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:05PM
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sweetannie4u(midOK_z6b/7a)

Charlie,
Very nice!

I like Cacti too. Have quite an assortment myself.
Right now they are all in the greenhouse - my make-shift greenhouse. We installed glass on the south side and it is more or less for starting plants and wintering my tropicals and cacti.

I have two Loquat trees, a pomegranate, and one large avocado in there. Wish I could have oranges, limes and lemons, too, but no room in there for any more big plants. One day I hope to have a very big real greenhouse, and then I will grow citrus. I miss mine from back home in CA - their yummy fragrance and of course, the fruit..

Keep posting as the season wears on so we can see how it "grows"..

Mr. Toad, be sure to look me up on Facebook if you get on there.

~Annie

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 1:49PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Thanks for the comment, here's some updates. My radishes seem to be really taking off and my other seedlings are sprouting up. I love spring!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:50AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Peach is flowering :-)

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:51AM
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sweetannie4u(midOK_z6b/7a)

It's all looking good CactusCharlie!

I love this last photo showing the foothills.
Makes me homesick, but I still like seeing them.

I need to get my garden cleared of the weeds. I leave them all winter and they pump nutrients up through their root systems and protect the soil through winter.

You've inspired me to get out there and start hoeing them out and planting some radishes and lettuces.

Have the seed ready to plant, but held off for fear of our typical late surprise-frosts or deep freezes. Started my tomatoes, red bell peppers and Green Sprouting broccoli though. Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Early Girl and Mortgage Lifter....for now. More tomatoes to start and okra too. They are all up. Can't wait until they get their first true leaves.

My fruit trees I planted last year are budding. The Apricot is loaded with bloom buds, showing pink, and I am afraid it is going to bloom soon. It's too early. It's hard to get a crop here in this part of Oklahoma because our spring weather is so radical. That should settle down a bit by mid-April, but one never knows what the weather is going to deliver here on the Southern Plains. Sheesh.

Keep your pics coming!
~Annie

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 5:13PM
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Brigids_Ember(7)

Very impressive beginning! I love your planters & the layout of your beds. :-)

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 4:34AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

I'm trying to figure out what to put along the back edge of the garden near the fence and composter. I just planted a Granny Smith apple but I'm thinking of doing a boxwood hedge... What do you all think would look good? It becomes partial shade in summer.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 11:28AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

A closer shot, btw this picture was taken around 5pm

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 11:29AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Woop a here's the closeup

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 11:30AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Btw do you think these would look good between each of the four beds?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 11:33AM
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canokie

Very beautiful! I find your design especially inspiring because my back fence is close to the back patio too. I currently have a small fenced in potager in one corner, but am planning to do something closer to what you are doing, making my entire back yard the potager.

Love the decorative urns! Have you thought about blueberries or blackberries along the fence?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 10:05PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Hi Canokie,

I actually use to have blackberries all over the fence in the back! I loved them but my husband hated them so I chopped them all down when we got the new fence put in :-(. Blackberries go kinda nuts around here. I get my blackberry fix in the summer near my old college. The whole street is lined with them on either side I usually go by with a friend and fill up buckets and eat them for weeks!

Blueberries would be a great idea. My buddy Rob has a bunch of blueberries in planters, I bet they'd do great behind that apple tree. Thanks for the tip.

Any pics of your potager?

Picture is of the demise of the blackberries :-( when i tore down our old fence

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 12:52AM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

My radishes, kale, chard and cilantro seem to be doing really well.

Funny thing happened to me. I filled a few of my beds with compost from my composter....and some new vegetables are sprouting up that I definitely didn't plant lol!

I've got pumpkins, tomato and maybe even peppers coming up that I didn't plant! So much for organized vegetable beds lol!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 1:01AM
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