New Potager Garden

charlieboringDecember 12, 2013

I know nothing about what a "potager" garden should be, however my wife has always grown herbs such as sage, rosemary and basil among our landscape plants, so I thought that I would build a raised garden where I can plant herbs and certain other shade tolerant vegetables such as lettuce and swiss chards. I intend to pattern the raised bed after another that I built and I have attached a picture of it. The difference will only be that it will be in an area that gets less sun and I will plant different plants. In this one I have artichokes in the middle and gojiberries on each end. Any suggestions?

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This is very pretty! It's a really nice use of space!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 12:30PM
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Jennifer_Ruth(Z 10, Sunset Z 23)

What a nice garden bed! I would just make sure that the new one is well-drained and does get at least some sun. And I would also research the herbs you're planting, because some herbs prefer a lot of sun.

There are so many pretty lettuces and chards out there that you'll be able to make a wonderful pattern in the new garden--sort of like an area rug, only more three-dimensional.

I'd suggest edging the beds with edible flowers such as Johnny-Jump-Ups (violas). I see that you have some nasturtiums in your artichoke bed, but I'm talking about flowers all the way around the edge. Sweet alyssum would be another good choice, although it's not edible as far as I know. But it looks wonderful spreading onto the stone edges. It will tolerate some shade. Very easy to grow from seed, and quick to flower.

Or you could get the more vining types of nasturtium. They don't really climb; they ramble across the ground, which would help shade out weeds in your artichoke bed. One of my favorites is Moonlight, a lovely light yellow. Out of Africa or Variegated Queen have variegated foliage. Or look for "Tall Climbing Nasturtiums," which is usually a mix of flower colors with plain foliage. They too are very easy to grow from seed.

Please post photos for us! I look forward to seeing them.


Here is a link that might be useful: Nasturtium Variegated Queen

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 9:02PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

I would never put nasturtium IN a garden (at least in this area) because it tends to take over the area! Any that come up IN the vege garden are promptly plucked! The N word took over my herb garden to the point that we couldn't FIND our herbs and have had to totally re-do the herb garden ( in pots). We are STILL finding N's EVERYWHERE!
I love them on the outskirts of the garden, but they are a PEST in the garden! JMHO Nancy

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:13PM
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Oh, that's interesting. They don't take over my garden at all; I plant them each year in a vain attempt to distract squash bugs and borers!

Very pretty potager, littlelizzy!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 9:45AM
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Our nasturtiums never grow large enough to be a problem...but we only have about five months of frost free weather.

Very pretty bed...I think you have a great idea! :)

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 1:09PM
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