wow - finally started with the new potager....
Thanks all for your inspiration over the past couple of years...it always seemed so overwhelming but reading about those of you configuring the potager over a period of years made me realize that trying to envision doing it all at once, all by myself, was a recipe for overwhelming (I work FT+ and a single parent).
I wrestled with so many decisions.....wood or brick or stone...or poured concrete....and every time I'd decide to do it 100% perfectly for me, I'd wonder if I'd be selling the house or not (my youngest will be a senior in HS next year, and it dawns on me I don't have to have the SFH with room for everyone anymore). Maybe a poured concrete raised bed potager wouldn't appeal to buyers?
I've actually been prepping the area I'm expanding into for 2-3 years, letting it go and heaping all the fall leaves onto it to try to minimize the weeds - and I was out digging out the dandelions that poked through and I realized, no matter which way I went, I had to do something with this area - and no matter which way I went, it was going to be a lot of work and some money.
So - I decided I'll do the potager for me, but do it relatively cheaply (wood) and keep it relatively simple (just the bed layout, and after that is completed - then I could add in the lattice fencing around it and other design elements later on.
I went to home depot and got the wood for about 1/4 of the border bed. I still haven't finished/decided on the bed configuration, but they all started with a 2 foot wide perimeter bed around the potage area with the sidewalk to the alley running down the center line. So I figured - well - that part seems fixed so start there.
Even just about 1/10 (maybe less!) of the entire project wood was $60! wow - that was eye opening! (I'm using 2x12s of anonymous home depot wood). This isn't even including the lattice fencing and arbor elements I'm hoping to add....
So - slow is good with that in mind!
I'll try to take some pics of the work in progress, I know I love to see others' photos, particularly the before/during/after.
Thanks again - for all the inspiration and "reality check" on how much work this is actually going to be. But - as always - a labor of love.
Aside from this forum, and google image "potage" - one of my big inspirations today was my chives in the raised bed. This is the first year they are flowering, and I can't believe how lovely they are! I just kept looking at them, and thinking I want more.....more more more...more veggies, more flowers, more herbs.....
more more more!