The potage I would absolutely LOVE to have is at Lullabelle's View. Never hearing the term "potager" before, it was love at first sight. Mine will probably have to start much more simpler, and hope to some day evolve to something similar ( a girl can dream can't she,lol). Right now, I plant on 4 beds built to 4'x8', and with pathways 2.5' to 3 feet wide. I also plan on a 2 foot planting border around all sides. The entrance will face the back of my house, and will be trellised with either Clematis or Morning Glory vines growing over it. My main task is to get the 4 beds in and a fence around it. Since my home is a ranch style, I think maybe a dark stained split rail fence.Here is a quick sketch of what I have envisioned:
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All around the 3 sides (shown in green) I plan on planting sunflowers, and marigolds. Maybe even a few Rose of Sharon. I thought maybe these tall shrubs may hinder the deer from jumping in. I may also put up some kind of fencing against the split rail fence.The brown areas represent planting beds. I have considered raised beds, But I think I may sink mine in the ground some, and dig down into the ground below the frame, and generously amend my poor soil with lots of compost, horse manure, and peat. The bottom of this drawing will face my raised tiered bed just behind my house.
I wish I could afford brick or stone paths now, but they will have to wait. For now I will probably just use landscaping fabric and straw in the paths.Below is a list of the seeds I already have purchased to plant:
1. Lettuce "Master Chef" from Parks Seed
2. Genovese Basil
4. Sweet Marjoram from Parks Seed
5. Garlic Chives from Parks Seed
6. Basil Purple Ruffles from gardenweb trade
7. Tomato "Ananas Nori" from gardenweb trade ( 85 dtm,also known as Black Pineapple,The skin is
shades of green, purple, orange, and yellow. The bright green flesh is streaked with red, the
flavor starts out sweet and ends slightly tangy. This indeterminate yields about 1 1/2 pound
8. Sweet Basil from Red Rock Nursery
10. Peppers "California Wonder" (green and red)
11. Onion Evergreen Bunching from Red Rock Nursery
12. Blue Lake 274 Green Beans Bush type from Parks Seed
13. Mountaineer Garden bean White half runner pole type from Parks Seed
14. Mr. Big Pea from Parks Seed
The following tomato seeds ( all indeterminates) are all from gardenweb trades:
1. Caspian Pink (80 dtm,produces large 12 oz tomatoes,thought to be one of the best tasting tomatoes available.According to some taste tests it even beat out Brandywine.
2. Brandywine (can't wait to try this one with all the excellent reviews)( 80dtm from transplants,An heirloom that is
considered one of the best tasting.
3. Sungold Cherry (55-58 dtm,very sweet, ripens to a golden orange)
4. Black Plum (82 dtm, Russian variety with a sweet tangy flavor,colored a deep mahogany)
5. Cherokee Purple (80 dtm, at least 100 year old heirloom,large 12-16 oz,dark pink with dark purple shoulders,
excellent flavor, slight sweet aftertaste,excellent for sandwiches)
6. Mortgage Lifter (great story with this one. Supposedly a man from WV was able to save his home from
foreclosure with these.) (85 dtm, fruits are large, pink, over a pound each, one of the best beefsteaks
7. Black Krim (80 dtm, brownish purple to marron colored, with greenish shoulders, sweet, mild, rich flavor,
approx 12 oz each)
Plus lots of flowers. I also have a grape vine that I rooted from one I had that I want to place in the back. I still want to purchase Raspberries and/or Blackberries, and several Strawberry plants to put in the perimeter beds inside the potager.