What, you may ask, is a potager garden?
Jardin Potager is French for an ornamental vegetable garden, and is a mixture of vegetables, fruit and herbs, planted in a more formal design. Flowers can also be included, either edible, companion or decorative.
The potager needs to be in a sunny position and near a water supply. If possible, position your potager garden as near the house as you can, so you can easily pop out to pick some fresh produce and, of course, so you can enjoy the design!
The design is usually geometric, such as four rectangular or triangular beds set around a central focal point, which could be a large pot or water feature. Use slabs, gravel or bark for paths to the centre, made wide enough to be able to work around the potager garden.
When you have decided on the design, prepare the soil with plenty of compost and a general fertiliser.
Plants with colourful leaves and produce will show the potager garden off in all its glory! Carrots, Beetroot, Radish, Strawberry, Swiss chard ‘Ruby’ and Tomatoes will provide red, Calendulas and Carrots for orange, blue or grey colours are provided by Cabbage, Cornflower, Lavenders and pansies. Lettuce, Spinach, Fennel, Peas, Nasturtiums, Lemon Thyme and Parsley are green and yellow.
Runner beans trained to grow up obelisks have gorgeous white or red flowers, much loved and pollinated by bees. To encourage plenty of wildlife, grow Verbena, Rosemary, Borage, and Scabiosa.
Consider the height of plants when setting out your borders. Lavenders, Chives, Thyme and Sage for borders, then medium sized plants followed by tall plants, such as Fennel at the back.
A potager garden is a colourful, attractive and interesting way to ‘grow your own’, and create an amazing display to enjoy.
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