I've been lurking on this forum for a while and admiring all of your potager pictures, especially the ability to come up with a unique design. I love the before and afters as they give me hope for my own garden!
We just moved to a property 2 1/2 acres with a gorgeous view of the Rockies. The house was built in 1972 and needs work which leaves very little budget for the outside. The house is 70's modern ranch style covered in moss stone in a "natural" area surrounded by pines but is on a mesa and more prairie like. A diamond in the rough. We'll leave most of it natural except for the perimeter.
There's a wooden front walkway in good shape with a long pergola covered by six very old beautiful concord grape vines but the rest of the perimeter landscaping is yucky old overgrown junipers (everywhere) and lawns. We are planning to rip all of that out soon.
We have our own private well for water and it rains very little here so I have become the "water marshall" in our household. I am letting two smallish thirsty KBG lawns die in the front and half of a very large lawn die in the back. We just put in a 40 x 50 vegetable garden elsewhere on the property so that's where I will "spend" my water.
Finally, my question is has anyone seen a xeriscape potager? This is what I would love to put in the front on either side of the walkway where the lawns are dying and I would love to put in a design of raised beds surrounded by gravel or wood chips and not have to dig up all that lawn. This is not visible from the street just to people coming to the house as well as my kitchen window and dining room look out out onto it so I'd love to plant some herbs too. I will water this area with water saved from daily shower/kitchen water collected while water is warming up and possibly a little grey water (that's a whole other post that I've also done a little research on).
And as for design where does one start? Any potager advice would be appreciative!