The new potager
As some of you know, I've had a difficult time with my potager. The space I had for it is not large and kept shrinking. It started at 24' x 28' and was down to 20' x 20' when the well pump went out. Trucks had to drive up to the well to replace the pump and my space got even smaller, more like 14' x 12'. I had plans for a little place to sit with veggies, herbs and flowers and it was just too small for that plan. I told my husband that I could still fit in a few tomato beds and some herbs when he offered to help me find a new space for my potager.
He moved the horse corral and is going to move the horse fence back this spring, giving me a space about 50' x 40'. Very exciting! Now I can put in the grape arbor with dining table and chairs I've always wanted, a few beds for the nieces and nephews and a perimeter bed all the way around. The arbor will be 14' x 11' with grapes planted on the four corners. Pots of herbs can go on the patio underneath. Lots of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, salad veggies, some broccoli and cabbage, melons and zucchini, climbing purple beans and baby peas, herbs, sunflowers, some lavender....kind of a mediterranean/provence style kitchen garden.
The old potager space will now be my tea/potpourri garden. I would like to have a small table with two chairs with roses, bee balm, lemon verbena, lavender, mints (some in pots) and maybe a climbing rose on a little arbor over the seating area. More of an english garden with herbs and some other fragrant flowers. It would be nice to put a bird bath in the center, with the snow pavement roses and red bee balm, maybe some violets and alpine strawberries around the edges.
While I'm still planning a more rustic farm-style vegetable garden for the corn, potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash, pole beans and other large vegetables, that may not begin until next year. I'd also like to have the space for asaparagus and raspberries, which might be in this garden too. There's a lot of grass and old weeds to clear out before I can really access this area, but that will be my planning project for next winter (LOL)
I had so much trouble planning the potager, but once I got the new space, both gardens came together very easily. Now, I just have to wait for it to warm up enough to go outside and start digging :)