Coming Along

Apr 23, 2006 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

le potager -vegetable

It all began last fall during a morning nap. I escaped to mon jardin and began to dig out a 17 foot across circle in the very back of my garden. Needless to say I didnt get it done and snow fell of my piles of dirt and sod that I had no place to put. Fast forward to Spring 2006…
After multiple neighbors stopped by to see the excavation project (sure that I was digging for Hoffa in the backyard) there is now the very beginnings of what I conjured up in my mind so many months ago as I was falling asleep one night. Un potager.
A place where I could pad out to just before dinner to pick fresh lettuce, onions and green beens. A place where masses of opal leaf basil and chives could grow freely and beautifully. Mon potager.
Yesterday we made another trip to “the stone place” and loaded over 60 small boulders on the back of the truck (and I wonder why my back hurts all the time). We formed two of the four beds and created a DARLING little sets of stairs coming from the terrace. There is nothing as romantic and clever as paths and step-downs in a garden. Though 60 feet of so from the sidewalk I try to make it feel as otherworldly as possible. Perhaps we will finally finish it next weekend by building up the two remaining beds and laying mulitple bags of crushed limestone on the paths. Then the real difficult and possibly expensive part – searching for great deals on boxwoods, raspberry and blue berry bushes to fill in the surounding space – creating privacy and delites for vanilla ice cream for summers to come. Since we have “Garden Design” on the business card I am going to try to set up a wholesale account around here. Anything to aid in the addiction.
Alors, it’s coming along. Provence in my backyard. Little by little. Presque fini.

Le potager – vegetable garden
Mon jardin – my garden
Alors- so, well, alas,
Presque fini – almost finished


  1. Life in the 'Burbs

    Thanks for the little french/english dictionary at the end of your post. Those of us who like to eat at McD’s only know words like “French fries”…hahaha

  2. Amanda

    Those are great pictures and looks like it’s going to be wonderful! WOW! Good job! I have to put a picture of my pretty flowering tree on my blog, but seeing that you never read it, I’ll email it to you too! 🙂

  3. FarmgirlCyn

    I DO so hope it is finished by the time we visit, less than 2 weeks from now. I have a raised bed for herbs, but yours looks so much more inspiring! And I DO have a lot of room to work in, with 1 1/2 acres here on the prairie. Hen house and coop will take up a goodly amount of space, and we started our own mini-orchard 2 years ago, so that has cut back our free space also. This spring I hope to add several peach, and possibly 2 cherry trees to our 5 dwarf apple trees. One of our best times to shop the garden centers is Memorial Day weekend. LOTS of specials then. We got our fruit trees 1/2 off 2 years ago. Would also like to do some berry bushes…maybe blueberry and raspberry. Let me know what you find.
    See you soon.

  4. cityfarmer

    We could all take a lesson in inspiration.
    Ah the Frey girl comes out in all of us.
    I can almost taste the lettuce salad and smell the basil.
    Can wait to stroll the gardens!!

  5. teambarrett18

    Beautiful Garden! Its been a week give us a new blog sil vous plate ( so so french spelling 🙂 )

  6. Life in the 'Burbs

    I agree, the garden is beautiful, but we need some new material here!! :o)

  7. Amanda

    What up which YO LACK OF BLOGGING?

    TEAMBARRETT – Uhhh, where is your blog??


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