Beginnings of my potager
Last summer was the second since I bought my semi-derelict little Victorian cottage. The first year I spent mostly cleaning up garbage and clearing out overgrown beds of daylilies and figuring out how to lay out my garden. My lot is small and sort of triangular (wide in front), but laid out in such a way that it lends itself to several different gardens. The only truly sunny spots are a narrow strip along the southeast side of my house, and the spot below it, between the house and the barn. So that is where my potager is.
The first year I got the soil dug, enriched, and mulched (it was grass, and had time to grow some lettuce and other short season plants, with calendula and some other quick flowering plants tucked in. I splurged on some artichoke plants, and got them in early. They grew beautifully, but the summer was so cool and wet that they never set buds. Oh, well.
Last year I was able to get the garden planted, with just the outlines of what I want it to be in the long term. Here it is early in the season:
Pic is fuzzy because I took it through the screen from my bedroom window. The property line crosses at an angle on the left, narrowing toward the back. My raspberries are planted along it at the far end. That's a clump of rhubarb in the center. That area is the "center" where my little water feature will be, I hope. I have to put in a rock well to drain my sump pump into, and that seems to be the best place to put it (the hoses are just laying there in the pic, and run to a natural drainage swale that crosses my neighbors yard).
If you look closely, you can see the four tomato supports made out of concrete mesh near the property line just to the left of the hoses. In front of them is the beginnings of my herb bed. Lettuce and other greens interplanted with calendula, love in a mist, and other annuals below that. On the right are my pepper plants, which were interplanted with green beans, beets, and chard. Those beds were so pretty when they filled in! I wish I'd taken a photo of it all when things were crowded and tumbling all over the place. I ate out of that little garden right into late fall, and put a lot of veggies in the freezer.
What you can't see is that just below my window is a 6 foot wide slider into my studio in my daylight basement. I want to put a small vine arbor in front of the slider and pave the area with bricks and slabs of marble for a little sitting area, and to frame the view of my potager, which I want to semi-enclose with double hoop wire fencing painted white.
Oh, dreams! Not as pretty as some of the more established potagers, but on the way...