As you are planning your layout you can get creative with not only what plants you will grow… for example, you can grow red, purple, yellow, white or orange carrots… but you can get creative with how your plants will grow.
Here are just a couple examples:
“Gutter Gardens” – this is a homemade name we came up with last year inspired by snobbishly laughing at people who don’t clean out their gardens. I have seen a SUNFLOWER growing from someone’s gutter! (Turns out it’s a common term in the world of gardening However, this year we will be attaching gutters, in a variety of lengths to our privacy fence and growing short-rooted veggies in them. (Like radish and lettuce). I have pictured rows of different kinds of lettuce in many different colors. I may even paint them to look like patina-d copper
Topsy Turvy Tomatoes
I have heard nothing but good things about these and just may try one or two this year… at least for the kids. The look a little unsightly at first with the green bag though.
You can trellis many things in your Potager… peas, pole beans, some cucumbers… In the past I have used bamboo to make teepees and the last couple years when our neighborhood has it’s one day a year when you can get rid of branches and stuff I walk around and pick out all the sturdy ones and fashion a 6 foot long/4 foot high sort of tent, tied together with twine. It’s very rustic and very charming but I do hold my breath those first couple spring thunderstorms! I found these delightful little pea trellis on my new favorite blog – EwaintheGarden – you won’t BELIEVE her inspirational Potager photographs!
I always grow purple, yellow and green beens… another splash of color would be a bright blue morning glory added to your teepee or trellis!
In trying to please your eye… when you look over, walk by or walk up to your Potager you will want your eye to have some where to “go.”
A focal point is a must.
As you are designing your paths and beds consider the center or end of your Potager for a special feature, be it a fountain, statue, or a lovely, brightly colored bench… a place to relax as you admire all your hard work. If it’s in your budget why not a charming little Potting Shed, Chicken Coop or Green house?
Study the following photographs to get a feel how your eye “walks thru” the Potager to the Focal Point…
I have been getting email requests for help in drawing up the plans for some Potager. I am working on a couple right now and would be so happy to help you too. There is a modest fee and you will receive a scaled, ariel drawing, sketches and accessory/design suggestions. If I lived closer I’d pop over for a visit and help you dig! There still is time for me to help with yours – if you are interested please email me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there are any questions about todays class please leave them in the comment box and I will comment back.
Todays photos were found by Googling:
Garden Focal Points
Topsy Turvy Tomatoes
Green Been Trellis
Kitchen Garden Layout