New potager phase I
This is a picture of my Potager garden-phase one.
I am open to suggestions as I am used to gardening on flat areas.
front left corner is to back left corner faces due west
front right corner to back right corner faces due east
I am the northeast of a big magnolia and cedar tree.
I will not cut down any trees as this property has been in my mothers family for over a hundred years and we are trying to preserve the landscape as much as possible.
I have not completed the gates and I hope to have the headers and gates completed by the end of the year.
The gates will be a focal point so I am still experimenting. These gates will have to be at least 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide so I am leaning towards a two 2 foot panels that open outward with black chickenwire in the middle in leiu of boards to cut down on weight and allow for a better view. The board (header) at the top of the gates will be finished off look like a beam.
I keep moving the rock around (good exercise) im not comletely sold on the rock edge as of yet. the completed rock edge will go around the garden on the outside of the wire. this rock has a special significance as it came from a 1910 bridge on the edge of the property that was renovated last year. I tried a small rock wall on the other side of the garden (out of view) and really liked how it looked. My problem is terracing this area. The area around the dogwood is not planted as of yet. all of these plants are left over from the 50s and 60s (I call them garden ghosts) and will have to be moved and heeled in until I can come up with a plan.
The area behind the last bed (where the big pile of compost material and the rose trellis and rock are) is Phase two. The grade is very steep back here and it slopes down from the main garden to the boxwood. It is an east facing slope and is in shade from a magnolia most of the fall and winter. I think a terrace of boxes would work as the final grade from the top of the last path to the boxwood is over 3 feet. I am considering putting the composter down here or building a rain box in the right front corner.
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