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Planning a Potager Garden

It's almost Spring!!!  Hooray!  
Every year, my dear husband plants his garden.
This year, he is letting me take over and make a few changes to the overall layout before he starts planting.  
We are excited to get this process going.

As I map out a plan, I googled Images of a Potager Garden.  
This one by Douglas Vanderhorn Architects made me gasp...

Brick! Brick! Brick! and a darling little potting shed.  
Be still my heart!!

But alas, we don't have the space or the moolah for this, so we will have to figure out something a little more cost effective. 

This garden has more of an "Eleven Gables" feel.  I love the stacked stone wall, concrete planters spilling over with flowers, an open gate begging you inside, the crunch of a gravel path underfoot, clipped boxwood, and ivy climbing up an old potting shed.  It's the perfect English Garden to me. 

Here is the side yard that we will be transforming:

This view is where the entry to the garden will be.
Can't you just imagine a little pergola covered with roses leading you into a beautiful garden abundant with food and flowers?

This is the opposite end looking back toward the "entry."  At this back end will be a greenhouse some day.

We have approximately 90 feet total in length and 20 feet in width.

The only issue we really have is that the previous owners bought this little strip of land from the neighboring property years ago.  It juts into their property.  When the current owners built, they didn't follow code and drain to the street.  Instead, their entire property drains onto our property.  This has made for a very awkward and sticky relationship with the neighbors.  Anyway, it looks like we will have to incur the costs of rerouting their water so as to prevent further flooding to our property.  We could possibly attain this with french drains and retaining walls.  

As I ponder over the next steps, I want to share some of my inspiration I have found with you..

THIS edible garden design book shows you how to mix florals and edibles together in your landscape.

And THIS book is my very, very favorite gardening book of all time.  

There are only a few copies available at the time I am writing this....  hurry and pick one up! You won't be disappointed.  It is full of gorgeous images and ideas on what makes the perfect southern garden.  Buy a copy HERE!

Today, I have taken the time to get some of my thoughts/ideas on paper.  I always pull out the graph paper to begin my process.  This allows me to visualize the garden and get an idea for placement.  Every square represents one square foot.  I can start shopping for the appropriate sized raised beds and other accessories that will be needed in order to get this process started.  We can also figure out how we want to deal with the neighbor's water run off.

I'm going to ponder this over the weekend and see what my dear husband thinks of the direction we are heading.

I always love your thoughts and comments.

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  1. I love it! I'm planning some landscaping around a new septic system. Mine will need to be a very waterwize. I'm enchanted with English gardens and potagers. Excited to see your finished project.

  2. Oh so beautiful! I have done the same thing with graph paper for flower gardens and it has helped so much to get an idea of placement. I later got colored pencils and drew in color. Even though I knew the colors of most things, it helped me to see it on paper. I am looking for a way to grow vegetables in my yard; we don't have quite enough sun right now so we are looking to see if limbing up a few trees might do the trick for us. Have fun!

  3. Emily I cannot wait to follow along as you implement this garden plan!! That's such a great space to work with and French drains could be a great solution. FYI you might consider pea stone vs. gravel as the latter is machine crushed and is not so forgiving on the tootsies....I imagine your barefooted boys in here picking vegetables for you before dinner :) :) :) .....happy planning and bringing this dream to life!!

  4. So pretty... I am SO ready for spring and warmer weather!


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