Potager Gardening

and

Cottage Style Gardening

 

I believe the French kitchen and the traditional English cottage garden completely compliment each other and I’ve always featured both in my outdoor spaces. While I adore the formality of the Royal French potagers, the artists and cottage gardeners Beatrix Potter and Tasha Tudor are my gardening heroes and thus, I find myself desiring to mix the two styles.

The Potager is a place to grow vegetables and edible flowers. Perennials may also be used to add structure and additional beauty to the potager and the cottage garden is where I can express my love for a layered, every blooming garden full of heirloom quality perennials. Here at Sur le Rocher County House and Gardens, both styles are being developed in an open setting surrounded by lush forest. We’ve built rock walls, rustic wood fencing and laid gravel to compliment each style of gardening and help to blend the two seamlessly. These posts will follow my gardens over the years, from my first potager garden in town to my farm style potager at Half-Way Farm and finally, to our dream garden space here at Sur le Rocher in Door County.

Foraging on the Farm (The Brambleberries with Custard Recipe)

It's been a discouraging thirty days here on Half-Way Farm. First, I thought it was the crazy weather (as in some cases it was) but now it's apparent that something is really wrong with my gardens.  All 4,200 square feet of them... and all the thousands of pounds of...

Bonne Fête Nationale!

Independence Day has become rather important to me.   All it took was watching the John Adams mini-series a few years ago (and a few times since).  Watching those scenes where the details of the Declaration are hammered out.  Oh my gosh, I loved how they played...

Today in the Greenhouse – Making Moss Paint

I've been wanting to do this forever and now that I have my greenhouse space and the moss is in full force around the farm I thought there was no time like the present.I dug out all my little terra cotta from my garden barn and went-a-moss-huntin'.  We have tons...

French Country Christmas: The Parisienne Farmhouse

   French Country Christmas: The Parisienne Farmhouse... Noël Unbelievable--- it's our second Christmas here at la Ferme a Mi-Chemin... our Half-Way Farm. Last year was so unreal - one side of the room pretty, one side of the room moving boxes... and me reeling from a...

The Half-Way Farm Report 2013 Part One – Meat Birds

VEGANS, PETA PEOPLE - this post is not for you.  🙂 The numbers are in.The basement is full of herbs, apples and some quarts.The "homestead fridge" is full of potatoes, squash and seeds.The freezer full of chickens. Whew.I wish there was a vacation on the...

Today in the Kitchen – Homemade Apple Cider

No, I haven't been around as much as I used to.Not that I don't write three posts a day... in my mind.But my time seems to no longer be my own as my children's needs beckon me from 6:30 in the morning 'til about 10 at night when the baby finally really falls...

Born on a Farm… Anaïs Madeleine’s Birth Story

Well, it's been one week. How is that possible? Here she lies next to me, making those little sounds. Those little sounds that you only get to enjoy for a few weeks out of your entire life as a mother. Deep breath- don't cry. I never imagined a 5th baby could be late....

Follow Your Dreams – Even if Only “Half-Way”

I have owed a couple people this post for a long time.My apologies. I always have the best intentions and love to be available to people who take the time to email and ask questions.  Sadly - I have "yogurt brain" as a friend of ours calls your brain when you are...

How to Create a French Country Kitchen

2015 Update: So much has happened since I wrote this post. We've totally settled into life on the farm, gotten rid of the ugly countertops and made some incredible French-inspired finds for our French Country Kitchen. I even wrote a cookbook in this kitchen!   WOW! ...

June Blessings

I can't tell you how much I love it here.Leaving our old home was less than ideal.  So much stress.  And DANG.  We loved that house.  It made the magazines and books for crying out loud and we were proud of all our hard work and creativity. ...

Me-n-Chamomile

Well, it rhymes if you say "chamomile" au français.Cam-o-mee.I love chamomile.LOVE.I "discovered" it a few years back - truth be told, it was that old No Doubt song "Hey Baby" that made me want to try it.  "I'm just sippin' on chamomile, watching boys and girls...

Farm Update with Videos…

'Evening Ladies.Whew. What a month.  No, I haven't bailed on my wellness series (they will resume again asap) but I have been REALLY sick for the better part of the month.  First we got hit with that ebola-esque flu, then we were well for ten days...

Gardening Questions Answered

Bonsoir Ladies,A few gardening questions came thru on my most recent post so I thought I'd ask if there were any others and put them in a formal blog post.  Maybe make a bi-weekly thing of it for the spring/summer... we'll see.Not that I am all that, a master...

Companion Planting – From My Potager to Yours

So... it's 2013. You're not still using chemicals in your garden are you?   Mais bien sur, I am giving you a hard time but with all the information at our fingertips these days about organic gardening if you are still using chemicals - why not step the gardening...

Unbelievable.

I can't believe all this green is just around the corner.The white is REALLY making me crazy.I can't believe this is what this place looked like the day we signed the lease.I can't believe our landlord does not care WHAT we do to the place.I can't wait for my vision...

Gardening – When to Do What?

I found this great website and am posting this for all the gardening newbies - as I hope there are many converts this year!  I always get spazzy about this time, freaking out that I missed my time window for starting my seeds.  So, here is a list of when to...